About 1600cu m of lake weed washed onto the shores of Lake
Rotorua after Easter storms has been removed by council
The Rotorua District Council estimates another three days of
work is required to complete the clean-up which will cost
However, work will halt temporarily for the next few days
because of the Rotorua Marathon and will resume next week.
It is the biggest clean-up of lake weed following stormy
weather in about five years.
Large amounts of lake weed washed up at the Lakefront
reserve, Ohinemutu, Kawaha Point and Ngongotaha.
The council's priorities were to clear all public boat ramps,
the Lakefront, Ngongotaha lakefront reserves, Kawaha Point
reserves and Ohinemutu, where the focus was around St Faith's
Church where Anzac Day services were being held.
A council spokesman said the clean-up cost was more than
initially expected due largely to difficulties at Ohinemutu
where the soft lake bed and ground conditions made it harder
to get to.
Once removed, the weed is composted back into council topsoil
for use in the city's gardens.
- By Matthew Martin of the Rotorua Daily Post