Are you a lake structure owner? Did you receive the latest email update from Bay of Plenty Regional Council?
Background on the lake structure consent process is available here.
Te Arawa Lakes Trust (TALT) have been coordinating a cultural mapping process on behalf dozens of hapū groups who understand the potential cultural effects of the existing lake structures. The reports look at the cultural values, interests and associations with an area or a resource held by those hapū groups and the impacts of activities (in this case lake structures) on these.
Through this process, TALT have been able to identify areas of historical significance including urupā, pā, papakāinga (villages), battle sites, ceremonial areas, māra kai (cultivation sites) like kūmara pits, tau kōura, traditional waka mooring and launching areas, bathing pools and puna (springs). These areas need to be recognised and potentially protected.
The cultural mapping report for Lake Rotoiti is now complete and you can view this here.
LRCA is investigating the impact of the cultural mapping reports with BoPRC and should have more information to update in the next email update. If you know of a lake structure owner who should be receiving this email, please forward this on to them and encourage them to sign onto our email list for future updates.