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Waterways that are suitable for swimming
and free from sediment with good habitats
for fish and insects...
... a region where you can hear birdsong... these
are a few of the things the community expects from
good natural resource management.
Last year almost 500 people attended 16 public
workshops on natural resource management, while
another 800 responded to an online survey. The
workshops and survey were the first stage in
developing a new regional plan to look after
the region's air, water, soil, biodiversity, coast
Further workshops are planned for later this year.
Spartina (Spartina spp.) is an
aquatic plant that can grow
up to 1 metre tall in salt or
fresh water. It is usually found
in estuaries, salt marshes,
wetlands and stream edges.
This cord-like grass has leaves
that can vary in colour from
yellow to green and brown,
and has flowers that are tiny
flattened spikes. Spartina has
creeping stems and causes
sediment build-up in
waterways, increasing the
risk of flooding. It displaces
native aquatic species by
competing with them for
light, nutrients and space.
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How healthy is
your home fire?
Home fires are great for keeping you warm in winter
but they can cause air pollution, which has a direct
effect on people's health. Smoke from home fires
has high levels of fine particles which end up in
the air that we breathe. This can trigger or worsen
asthma and can lead to heart disease.
Tips to stay warm and reduce air pollution:
• Wrap up your house. Financial assistance for home
insulation and clean heating can be repaid through
your rates. See www.gw.govt.nz/warmer-gw
• Fires should burn hot and fast. A smouldering fire
gives off more pollution
• Use dry wood in your wood burner. This will give
more heat and cause less pollution
• Never burn treated wood or household rubbish.
These products can give off hazardous substances
Greater Wellington monitors air quality around the region.
For more sustainability tips:
Your environment -- your view
Kids for coastal conservation
Tuturumuri School is one of three south Wairarapa
schools growing coastal plants for a conservation
project at Cape Palliser.
The exposed and rugged landscape around Cape
Palliser is the southern most part of the Wellington
region and home to several rare native plants that
have adapted to the harsh conditions, including the
native renga renga lily.
Greater Wellington's Chair Fran Wilde and Wairarapa
Councillor Gary McPhee visited the school in autumn
to help pupils plant mature renga renga and sow
eco-sourced seed to be raised in the school nursery.
The school is involved in Greater Wellington's Take
Action programme where pupils learn about native
biodiversity and taking environmental action in their
community. Pupils have set up a native garden to
encourage lizards, planted many native trees around
the school and run a flourishing vegetable garden.
Pirinoa and Martinborough schools are also raising
plants for the project.
For a copy of the report on the results
of last year's regional plan workshops
and survey, see:
Students from Tuturumuri School take a break from the nursery with
Greater Wellington's Chair Fran Wilde and Wairarapa Councillor Gary
McPhee. Seated from left: Cole Innes, Cr Fran Wilde, Peta Aarsen,
Drew Tayles, Flora Elworthy and Cr Gary McPhee
Greater Wellington is upgrading the Stuart
Macaskill water storage lakes in Te Marua to
improve their strength in an earthquake and
increase their capacity
The upgrade is an important and timely project, says
Councillor Nigel Wilson, Chair of Greater Wellington's
Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee.
"Now, more than ever, we know that the resilience
of our water supply system is crucial for the
community's recovery after a major earthquake.
There'll be less stored water while
the lakes are being upgraded
"We also know that the population in the region's
four cities is growing, so it makes sense to increase
our water reserves, along with encouraging more
water conservation. Greater Wellington has done a
lot of work investigating future water supply options and
this is a key project to increase our stored water capacity."
The upgrade project began earlier this year and will
take up to four years, requiring the southern lake to be
empty this summer (2011/12), and the northern lake to
be empty in summer 2012/13. A lake may be out of
service in summer 2013/14 if construction is delayed.
Greater Wellington's Utilities and Services General
Manager Murray Kennedy says that there will be less
stored water available while the upgrade work is
underway and this could affect supply, particularly
in a dry summer. Greater Wellington is working with
the region's four city councils to prepare summer
water conservation measures.
Where does our water supply come from?
Greater Wellington supplies treated bulk water to the
Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wellington city
councils. Most of this water comes from rivers and an
aquifer (underground water) but in the summer, when
water use typically goes up, water is needed from stored
sources -- this is when the Stuart Macaskill storage lakes
are normally used.
How much will the upgrade project increase the
storage lakes' capacity?
The Stuart Macaskill storage lakes currently have a
combined capacity of 3,000 million litres (ML). Upgrading
the lakes will increase their capacity by 13%, providing
400ML more water (400ML would meet the estimated
daily water use of 140,000 households for 4-5 days).
This will allow us to use stored water from the lakes for
longer periods when our rivers and the aquifer are
under pressure during summer.
Will we have less stored water during the upgrade?
We'll start this summer with just under half our normal
amount of stored water for Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt,
Porirua and Wellington.
Will residents of Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua
and Wellington need to save water?
We'll probably need the community to reduce its water
use during spring and summer, particularly if it's dry.
Closer to summer we'll let you know how to prepare
for drier conditions. During the summer we'll update
you on how much water we have and what everyone
can do so that there's enough for essential uses.
Greater Wellington is upgrading the Stuart Macaskill water storage
lakes in Te Marua
Water supply upgrade begins
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