“Global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth. If current trends persist, by 2025 the demand for fresh water is expected to rise 56 percent above the amount that is currently available”
Lake Hawea Station has access to over 7km of lake front. 22 stock water troughs have been installed. The section the Station owns has now completely fenced this and planted a strip of over 10,000 native tress. For the section owned by roading company LINZ, it has fenced this off from stock access so native regeneration can happen naturally and in both cases restrict stock from accessing the lake from Timaru Creek to the Te Araroa trail. There are also buffer zones between pasture and water areas. And key tributaries are being fenced.
Lake Hawea Station has several streams on the West facing slopes that run into Lake Hawea. Key streams within this are:
- Grandview Creek, which also has several domestic and stock water takes from it. LHS has put in a new farm track away from this creek, so no stock movements are required through this creek. The lower reaches of Grandview are also to be fenced and planted.
- John Creek. This flows past the homestead and at times of heavy flow, through to the settlement of John Creek. For the most part this is protected by heavy brush and scrub so there is minimal contact with Stock.
- Bushy Creek and those Creeks on the Lake front between the Te Araroa Trail and Timaru Creek. As described above these are being fenced as part of the LHS Lake front development. To ensure no stock have access to the lake or Key Streams.
In the back country LHS has Breast Creek running through it. Which flows on to the Lindis. The small section of Breast Creek that has had stock access is also to be fenced.
We believe the way local government and council interpret the national agenda to clean up water ways in New Zealand is inconsistent and needs reviewing. Whilst LHS is very advanced in its water care program, without a fully integrated and supportive nationwide program for farmers the burden of compliance could prove overwhelming and the end goal of biodiversity preservation and clean swimmable waterways will take much longer to achieve.