26 Sep 2010

Celebration planned over lagoon regeneration

10:05 am on 26 September 2010

The regeneration of the Matata lagoon following the floods of 2005 is to be celebrated by the Eastern Bay of Plenty community, in conjunction with the Birds-A-Plenty festival.

Whakatane District Council says the rejuvenated lagoon is renowned in bird-watching circles as a wetland habitat of great significance to many species.

Guided tours, bird spotting competitions and craft stalls will be held on 2 October, starting with a blessing by iwi.

The 2005 floods led to the lagoon being filled with sand and debris.