Assembled at a Guardians of Lake Wanaka meeting at the
Wanaka Doc office this week are (back from left) Doc
conservation partnership manager Phil Tisch, guardian
Barrie Wills, QLDC liaison for the group councillor Calum
MacLeod, guardians Alan Cone, John Darby and Taare
Bradshaw, (front from left) guardian Don Robertson,
Conservation Minister Nick Smith, group chairwoman Helen
Tait and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean. Photo supplied.
Three new Guardians of Lake Wanaka members were sworn in
by Conservation Minister Nick Smith at their inaugural meeting
In Wanaka on Wednesday to attend the Guardians' meeting, Dr
John Darby, Don Robertson and Alan Cone, who join reappointed
members Barrie Wills, Taare Bradshaw and Helen Tait - who
continues as chairwoman - for the next three-year term.
Queenstown Lakes councillor Calum MacLeod acts as the
Guardians' liaison with council.
Dr Smith emphasised the importance of the Department of
Conservation's partnership focus and the role of the
Guardians in working with agencies, groups and individuals to
protect lake quality.
A Guardians of Lake Wanaka-run seminar last year reinforced
concerns the quality of the lake was deteriorating but there
was insufficient data at present to properly monitor the
trends and take appropriate action, Ms Tait said.
''With the inevitability that lake quality will further
The Guardians were determined to avoid the ''crisis state''
which had occurred in several North Island lakes leaving
local authorities there with costly remediation programmes.
The group had welcomed national water quality standards
released by the Government earlier this month and had agreed
on a future objective of working with the Otago Regional
Council to ensure the quality of Lake Wanaka was maintained.
The Guardians would also work with community groups to raise
funds for developing a lake management framework which would
include improved water quality monitoring capability and
define lake quality targets.
The Guardians of Lake Wanaka are empowered under the Lake
Wanaka Preservation Act 1973 to report and make
recommendations to the Minister of Conservation.