Waitomo News : 20 February 2014
Reliability, quality, energy efficiency and great value European home appliances in store now $929 $1078 Thursday, February 20, 2014 Delivered FREE to households – extra copies 40c ews your news, your views wAiToMo ISSN 1170-1137 – (051) A $115,000 stream clean-up project starts today near Te Kuiti. The Wairere Stream and Mania- poto’s Cave enhancement project is being launched by members of the Pukeroa Hangatiki A55, A56 and A58 Trust. The scheme, partly funded by the Waikato River Clean Up Trust, is expected to take five years. The ancient limestone cave – Te Anauriuri – where chief Maniapoto spent his last years in the 1600s is on a small Maori reserve in the mid- dle of a vast former limestone quarry behind OMYA New Zealand’s lime- works on Hangatiki East Rd near Te Korapatu Marae. The Wairere Stream runs under the cave then flows across the trust’s land and into the Mangapu River near the former Hangatiki School. It has become choked with old wil- lows and weeds. Derek Wooster, chairman of the Pukeroa Hangatiki Trust which owns the A55, A56 and A58 Blocks where the cave and stream are located, says the willows must be cleared from the stream and around the cave to prevent flooding and damage to the cave’s entrance. “The clearing out of the willows is to ensure the cleanliness of the stream water flowing into the Waipa River, then the Waikato River, which is what the Waikato River Clean Up Trust is all about,” says Mr Wooster. “While willows look quite nice in the summer, they are an introduced weed and we want to replace them with native trees and make the whole area look more attractive in respect to our tupuna (ancestor) Maniapoto. GuArDiAns “It is also the responsibility of the trustees to maintain the cave as guardians for Maniapoto, the rest of Maoridom and all New Zealanders. “A lake formed during the min- ing of limestone on A55 Block in the 1970s will also be enhanced at a later stage.” Once the willows and weeds are dug out the stream banks will be replanted with native trees. Mr Wooster says all Maniapoto iwi will be invited to participate in the planting and Te Wharekura o Mania- poto students will also be involved, as some of their parents and grandpar- ents, are owners in the blocks. He says Perry Lime has gifted funding to the project and the Correc- tions Department has agreed periodic sTreAM CLeAn: Pukeroa Hangatiki Trust trustee Tony Green is helping manage the $115,000 Wairere Stream and Maniapoto’s Cave (below) enhancement project being launched today. detention workers will also be able to help. “We’ve also had support from the Maniapoto Maori Trust Board and Te Kuiti chartered account- ants Murray Kidd Falconer and the owners of A55 and A58 Blocks have agreed to contribute $20,000 towards to project over five years. “Local farmer Kevin Were leases A58 and A56 for grazing and he is helping with the fencing.” Project to clean-up stream sTAGe Two: Willows and weeds on the banks of a lake formed during the limestone min- ing on A55 Bock in the 1970s will be cleared at a later stage.
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