From Taupo Times:
NATIONAL CHAMPS – RESCHEDULED AND ABOUT TO KICK OFF: After a delay in March due to bad weather. We are now kicking off the National Champs 2017 on the 28th, 29th and 30th April! The top 20 anglers will battle it out on Lake Kuratau (Lake Aniwhenua has been ruled out due to recent weather events), Waihou River and Waimakariri Stream. Lake Rotor has been selected as a back-up venue should the weather turn on us again. Keep up to date on this event, and check for venue closure dates for the anglers competing at www.sffnz.org.nz
Tongariro River levels fluctuating?
Genesis Energy advise they will be undertaking an upgrade of communications equipment on the Poutu Intake on the Tongariro River from 27 April to 1 May.
As part of the upgrade, the intake gates will be tested between 10pm (Sunday 30 April) and 2am (Monday 1 May).
During this four hour period overnight the downstream river flows will rise and could fluctuate.
Flows will be higher in the Tongariro River below Poutu Intake during this time. Visit https://www.genesisenergy.co.nz/tongariro-riverflow-release or ring the Genesis Energy flow Phone on 07 386 8113 for flow information.
We have planned this work at night to minimise the effect on downstream river users and note that the work is subject to weather conditions allowing it to proceed.
Please be aware that the flows are subject to natural fluctuation, e.g. weather events and generation flow changes. Please feel free to share this information with other river users.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Abbie Fowler on (07) 984 1130 or Abbie.Fowler@genesisenergy.co.nz.
Damning Review highlights waterways worsening state:
Further to the report in TRM Daily Report yesterday, all feedback has confirmed this issue is now at “crisis” levels. The 100 page report by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics NZ has been described as “damning” by the country’s largest independent environment organisation, which is calling for a dramatic reduction in cow numbers. Every other environmental agency concurred – i.e.
Forest & Bird spokes person, Annabeth Cohen, says: Our freshwater is in crisis and the primary cause is intensifying land use associated with dairy farming.”
Our Land & Water spokes person, Ken Taylor, says: “we no longer have to demonstrate there is a problem… now we need to focus on finding the solutions to the problem.”
Green Party spokes person, Catherine Delahunty, says “Our rivers need a moratorium on new dairy farms and an end to subsidies for the large irrigation schemes that promote unsustainable intensive farming in environments that aren’t suitable for that kind of farming.”
Secretary for the Environment, Vicky Robertson, says “The implications for our fresh water species are really critical.” and said the recent focus on how swimmable our water ways were are just part of the story.