The Guardians of Lake Wānaka provide a direct link between the public and the Minister of Conservation over Lake Wānaka related issues.
The Government enacted The Lake Wānaka Preservation Act in 1973 in recognition of public concern about the potential of hydro-electric development to alter the natural level and outflow of Lake Wānaka.
The Act makes provision for the protection of the natural state of the lake, and for the appointment of the Guardians of Lake Wānaka to advise the Minister of Conservation over:
- Preventing the lake from being impounded, controlled or obstructed;
- Preventing the natural rate of flow from the lake from being varied or controlled;
- Preserving the lake level and shoreline in their natural states;
- Maintaining and improving (where possible) the quality of water in the lake.
The Guardians of Lake Wānaka have a direct responsibility to advise the Minister over issues affecting the purposes of the Act, or the recreational use of the lake and to liaise with the Otago Regional Council over matters which may affect the lake. Conversely, the Regional Council is also required to consult the Guardians when considering resource consent applications which may affect the lake.
The Guardians (usually numbering 6) are appointed by the Minister, who also appoints the Chairperson. One member is nominated by Te Rununga o Ngai Tahu to represent their interests. Meetings are generally held quarterly or as necessary.
Guardians of Lake Wānaka appointments - media release 19 June 2014
Guardians of Lake Wānaka
PO Box 93
Ph +64 3 443 7660
A one day seminar was held on 12 March 2013: Lake Wānaka for better or worse? Planning for the future of Lake Wānaka.
It featured presentations from scientists from Waikato and Otago universities and NIWA, as well as specialists from the District and Regional Councils, and representatives of the local resident and farming communities.
View the procedings of the seminar: Lake Wanaka for better or worse? Planning for the future of Lake Wānaka (PDF, 3,003K)