A proposed water-monitoring buoy for Lake Wanaka remains a
high priority for those concerned about the health of the
lake, despite earlier funding rejections for the project.
At a Guardians of Lake Wanaka all-day seminar in Wanaka on
Tuesday, discussion repeatedly turned to the need for the
monitoring buoy, which would cost between $65,000 and $70,000
and provide a constant stream of data about key lake indices,
including temperature, clarity, oxygen level, acidity and
Seminar participants included representatives from the Otago
Regional Council, Queenstown Lakes District Council,
Department of Conservation, Wanaka Residents' Association,
Land Information New Zealand, Niwa, and University of Otago
scientists, who presented data on the changing composition of
the lake and discussed the issues affecting lake health and
The seminar focused on Lake Wanaka, but aimed to be useful
for agencies responsible for managing New Zealand deepwater
Minaret Station farmer Jonathan Wallis said he was
''disgusted'' a monitoring buoy funding application prepared
by the Guardians of Lake Wanaka and the Wanaka Residents
Association had been rejected by Central Lakes Trust.
''In my mind it was a huge opportunity lost. It's the kind of
approach that we need to take. We haven't got a plethora of
historic information [about Lake Wanaka].''
University of Otago limnologist [lake researcher] Dr Marc
Schallenberg recommended the buoy remain a community-owned
project because of its potential benefits for educational
programmes and the farming community.
Guardians of Lake Wanaka chairwoman Helen Tait said the group
could revisit the monitoring buoy proposal.