Advocate 20/10

As I write the river has declined from its flood of 375 m3/sec and is now at 32 m3/sec still a way to go to get to m3/sec.

Flood 2020
Photo Alasdair Keucke

I fished yesterday and found the water still flowing strongly, with a lot of fine material deposited, which left in the river side soft sinking muddy material. I did observe a fish lying in water no deeper than 20cm within a very short distance of the bank. In that area the water seemed clean and clear. The deeper faster water was greenish.

Bridge Pool 22.8.20
Mike Forret photo.

Today I am dog minding and took Rosie for a walk up to the Red Hut and back. There are a lot of anglers – but not quite as many as a month ago, 22nd August, in the Bridge Pool.

Website Updating

Some of you have let me know that you have been unable to access our website. Our website is being upgraded. You won’t notice big changes. Our home page includes the Genesis flow graph. Pages have been dated to show the latest updates while retaining earlier information. Our website retains the objective of being a Library of the Tongariro River.

Thanks to John Toogood, Alasdair Keucke and Mike Forret. John has led the work, Alasdair has read and changed much and Mike has done the mechanical task of implementing the change. Our thanks to them.

View Shafts of the River

My walk around the river on Sunday, and again this morning, emphasised that in the main the river can be heard but seldom seen. At our General Meeting we were asked for view shafts of the river. We have asked  Dave Lumley and he has agreed to action our request. We look forward to that happening. 

The strong winds that accompanied the ‘weather bomb’ left a lot of debris around the river trail which has been quickly cleared up.

Angling Tracks

Dave Conley advised that he has had the track re-cut between the Cattle Rustlers and Stag Pools. Access to the track is from the sign off the River Trail.

Waiotaka Planting Day

Project Tongariro asked for help and I am pleased to pass this request on to you.

Kia ora Project Tongariro Whanau!

Please join us and Ngati Rongomai for our final planting day – see notice below.  We’re planting 1,500 trees beside the Rongomai Marae, near Turangi.

We’re also after people to help lay the trees out ready for planting – on Friday 2nd October.  If you can help – please reply email to let me know, and meet us at 10am at Rongomai Marae, on Waiotaka Valley road.  Please bring spades, gardening gloves and gumboots – we’d love your help!

Warm regards

  Kiri Te Wano
Conservation Coordinator 
Project Tongariro027 628 8009 | 07 386 6499 | [email protected] | | I work part time Mon-Tue, Thurs-Fri 8.45am – 3pm |PO Box 238, Turangi 3353 | C/- Department of Conservation Office, 3 Turangi Town Centre, Turangi 3334


Trout Farming Petition

I emailed our members earlier this week re the petition to Parliament in 2018 by Clive Edward Barker and our response to the Minister of Conservation.

The petition was lodged in 2018 and was heard by the Select Committee in 2019. It was evident from the Parliamentary website that there was little public awareness of the matter being before Parliament.

My understanding is that the petition to Parliament is placed on the website. It is then considered by the Select Committee and then is progressed, or not, to Parliament which then requires a Bill to be put before the House. At that stage there would be wide notification of the Bill and submissions would be called for. 

The matter is at an early stage. 

2 May 2019 – Starts Trout Farming submission 1 hr 10 min. Poor sound.

9 May 2019

1 August 2019 (MPI)
2 July 2020 (MPI—relevant hearing contained in first 30 minutes of video)

We are unable to copy this video to this blog. Just click on the url and from the window open in new window, wait a couple of seconds and the video starts. Put the sound up.

The initial hearing, held 29 November 2018, pre-dated the practice of streaming the video of the hearings. The hearing was with the petitioner, MPI, and Trout New Zealand.

The committee will consider this matter at its next meeting.

Eric Wilson