Water Quality

In reply to Anthony Coote’s article (“Is our water quality testing of Lake Hawea proactive enough?”)

In reply to Anthony Coote’s article (“Is our water quality testing of Lake Hawea proactive enough?”), the Guardians of Lake Hawea would like to reassure readers that the change in lake colour this summer is not due to an algal bloom. The change from clear to bright or milky blue is caused by an influx…

Is our water quality testing of Lake Hawea proactive enough?

Lake Hawea

Anthony Coote, local Geo-scientist reports:  Is our water quality testing of Lake Hawea proactive enough, and are any measured tolerances of deemed good quality appropriate, given climate change. If you thought that Lake Hawea hasn’t looked right for about a month now, you are not alone and probably not mistaken: pale blue green in colour…

How best to look after our precious New Zealand waterways – a personal view by Laurel Teirney of Wanaka

A personal view by by Laurel Teirney, a former manager at Ministry of Fisheries The success of the community based/scientist/agency approach we adopted for looking after the whole of the Fiordland, and then the Kaikoura Marine Areas makes me feel we’ve struck on a “magic” formula that just might apply to our lakes and rivers…

Race to protect the Pupū Springs near Nelson

Ducks at Pupu Springs

More properly named the Te Waikoropupū Springs, they’re the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand, and the largest cold water springs in the Southern Hemisphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured this side of Antarctica’s near-frozen Weddell Sea, with a visibility of 63 metres. Antarctica aside the water clarity is in fact…

New Zealand’s clean green image – a couple of points of view

New Zealand's clean green image personified in the Strath Taieri

New Zealand’s clean green image personified in the Strath Taieri ~ photo Southern Light For the third summer running now in Mt Aspiring National Park, I interact with many tourists intent on being the overseas equivalent of a New Zealand tramper. Most know our “Clean Green” marketing ploy is not what it seems, and that…