25 Oct 2011

Document on Ngati Pikiao concerns to be signed soon

6:29 am on 25 October 2011

An Agreement in Principle to address cultural concerns by a Te Arawa hapu about a Rotorua lake is due to be signed off soon.

Ngati Pikiao appealed against a resource consent which expired last year and related to the Okere Gates at Lake Rotoiti near Rotorua.

It opposed the request because Bay of Plenty Regional Council sought to keep the gates, which the sub-tribe says raises the water level and occasionally floods some marae and cemeteries.

Instead it prefers a staircase system so heavy rain can automatically run out of the lake.

Council environmental hazards group manager Ken Tarboton says he can't give details but the Agreement in Principle document recognises hapu concerns.

He says it shows the council is committed to dealing with those issues.

Ngati Pikiao says the agreement will provide a real sense that it has an input into the way the lake is managed.