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Guardians of Lake Wānaka
The Lake Wānaka Preservation Act was enacted in 1973 to protect the natural state of Lake Wānaka. Guardians were appointed to advise the Minister of Conservation over:
- Preventing Lake Wānaka from being impounded, controlled or obstructed;
- Preventing the natural rate of flow from the lake from being varied or controlled;
- Preserving the lake level and shoreline in their natural states;
- Maintaining and improving (where possible) the quality of water in the lake.
The Guardians of Lake Wānaka report annually to the Minister of Conservation and liaise with the Otago Regional Council over matters which may affect the lake, such as resource consent applications. (See media release 19 June 2014 for more info).
The Guardians are Don Robertson (Chair), Barrie Wills, Jeff Donaldson, Taare Bradshaw, Natalie Astin and Marjorie Cook. Calum MacLeod attends Guardians meetings as the QLDC representative.
In 2013, the Guardians of Lake Wānaka hosted “Better or Worse? Planning for the Future”
Key messages from the seminar were:
- Lake Wānaka appears currently in good condition, but changes over recent years have been noted and cause concern
- There is insufficient data from which to determine what is happening to lake quality
- More extensive and consistently collected data will provide a basis for scientific analysis, which in turn can guide future actions to ensure the best outcomes
- Experience elsewhere emphasises that early action is critical, as remediation is expensive and difficult
- The case studies presented emphasise the importance of drawing on good scientific advice and having the commitment of relevant agencies to achieve best outcomes
Guardians reports to the Minister: