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Parangarahu Lakes Area Co-Management Plan

Parangarahu Lakes Area Co-Management Plan

Updated 10 February 2020 11:08am

The Parangarahu Lakes Area is located along Wellington’s south-east Coast and features the nationally significant Lake Kohangapiripiri and Lake Kohangatera, their associated wetlands and the culturally significant dendroglyph (tree carvings).

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) jointly manage the Parangarahu Lakes Area through a ‘Rōpū Tiaki’ or guardianship group set up in 2012. The Rōpū Tiaki’s objectives are to develop a long-term vision and co-management plan for the Parangarahu Lakes Area and to advise and recommend annual work programmes for the area.

GWRC has delegated authority under the Reserves Act 1977 for the Recreation Reserve land surrounding the lakes and manages this as part of East Harbour Regional Park. PNBST owns the lakebeds, former esplanade reserves of the lakes and the dendroglyph (tree carving) sites. The Department of Conservation (DOC), Hutt City Council and Historic Places Trust manage land in the area and this is not included in the plan. DOC also manages the water and air columns above the lakebeds.

Co-Management Plan

The Rōpū Tiaki have prepared a Co-Management Plan for the Parangarahu Lakes Area. The Co-Management Plan outlines the approach to be taken by PNBST and GWRC to fulfil their kaitiaki and legal responsibilities. The Co-Management Plan is a guiding document which sets the vision, guiding principles, historical context, management objectives and priority actions for management of the Parangarahu Lakes Area. Directions of the co-management plan have been incorporated into the Park Network Plan. 

Key activities in the plan are:

  • Co-management by GWRC and PNBST, liaising with government agencies, neighbours, community groups and volunteers to protect cultural, historic and ecological values.
  • Restoration of native fish habitat and fish migration passages from the lakes to the sea
  • Continued native plantings, predator control and terrestrial and aquatic weed control.
  • Minimising threats to the lakes ecosystem.
  • Continued monitoring with the addition of Māori cultural health indicators
  • Protection of significant cultural heritage, including the recording of oral histories and provision of visitor information.
  • Enabling Taranaki Whānui iwi members to exercise their kaitiaki responsibilities.
  • Establish a new walking track to replace the removed boardwalk
  • Advocate for secured links to the Remutaka Cycle Trail