“Lake Horowhenua is on private land – it should not be seen in this century to be the local sewer for everyone else’s rubbish and pollutants”

From Vernonica Harrod A range of historic firsts have been taking place at Horowhenua Lake Domain Board meetings in Levin since new board chair Jenny Rowan took up the role earlier this year. A former mayor of Kapiti Coast District Council Ms Rowan, who represents the Board on behalf of the Director General of the … Continue reading “Lake Horowhenua is on private land – it should not be seen in this century to be the local sewer for everyone else’s rubbish and pollutants”

Lake Horowhenua epitomises the New Zealand Government’s disdain for its indigenous people – both past and present

By Anne Hunt Lake Horowhenua epitomises the New Zealand Government’s disdain for its indigenous people – both past and present. Throughout the history of Aotearoa, Mua-Upoko has always been at the mercy of a Crown intent on suppressing the cultural and environmental concerns of the indigenous owners of this lake in order to enhance the … Continue reading Lake Horowhenua epitomises the New Zealand Government’s disdain for its indigenous people – both past and present

Prosecuted for Trespassing on his Own Land! “Disturbingly Medieval” Says Maori Owner in Lake Horowhenua Prosecution

Lake Horowhenua Trespass Prosecution “Disturbingly Medieval” Says Maori Owner Friday, 31 March 2017, 10:19 am Press Release: Phil Taueki In New Zealand, this week’s Court of Appeal decision quashing the acquittal of an owner charged with trespassing on his own land is disturbingly medieval, according to the owner who will now be retried for the … Continue reading Prosecuted for Trespassing on his Own Land! “Disturbingly Medieval” Says Maori Owner in Lake Horowhenua Prosecution

Tribunal hears Lake Horowhenua concerns

The latest on the Waitangi Tribunal Hearings this week for Lake Horowhenua By Leigh Marama McLachlan radionz.co.nz “The Waitangi Tribunal has spent the past week hearing Muaūpoko iwi members claims to Lake Horowhenua and surrounding lands. It is the first hearing round of three set out for the Porirua ki Manawatu district inquiry. Muaūpoko descendant … Continue reading Tribunal hears Lake Horowhenua concerns

Like being waist deep in a long drop! – Lake Horowhenua Waitangi Tribunal Hearing Continues

Manawatu Standard – By NICHOLAS MCBRIDE “The Waitangi Tribunal was told to imagine being stuck waste deep in a long drop to understand the conditions that Muaupoko iwi ancestors are in at Lake Horowhenua. The hearing opened at the Horowhenua Events Centre in Levin on Monday, with 22 claims looking at Lake Horowhenua, Hokio Stream … Continue reading Like being waist deep in a long drop! – Lake Horowhenua Waitangi Tribunal Hearing Continues

How our waterways are polluted – Crown concedes it failed to protect Lake Horowhenua

An article in the Manawatu Standard reports on a Waitangi Tribunal Hearing that began in Levin today, 5th October 2015 A visit to the Horowhenua district earlier this year led me to discover the shocking history of this lake, in particular, the way the owners, the Muaupoko Iwi have been treated throughout the whole process. (Lake … Continue reading How our waterways are polluted – Crown concedes it failed to protect Lake Horowhenua

Anzac, General Freyberg and the Once Pristine Lake Horowhenua (Part 2)

Returning here to the story of the pollution of our supposedly ‘clean green’ waterways,  the centennial commemoration of the landing at Gallipoli, and Muaupoko’s once pristine lake that Lord General Freyberg trained in. Freyberg is known to younger New Zealanders as a General who served in WWII. He earned his VC (Victoria Cross) however in WW1 … Continue reading Anzac, General Freyberg and the Once Pristine Lake Horowhenua (Part 2)

Anzac, General Freyberg and the Once Pristine Lake Horowhenua (Pt 1)

Here is a story of pollution at its worst. ANZAC, unexpectedly this year (2015) became the avenue of discovery and the event that prompted me to write this post. A note first to non-Kiwis/Aussies, ANZAC stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps … every 25th of April, we commemorate our brave soldiers … our parents, grandparents, … Continue reading Anzac, General Freyberg and the Once Pristine Lake Horowhenua (Pt 1)

A Horowhena farmer gets off an $80k fine for illegally draining a lake because he couldn’t afford to pay it!

“In the Levin District Court on Monday, Fyfe Charles Williamson was sentenced to 80 hours’ community work  after a judge accepted the farmer was unable to pay the massive fine allowed under the Resource Management Act… The significant damage and risk Williamson’s actions caused to native wildlife and fauna would have resulted in an $80,000 fine, if the farmer … Continue reading A Horowhena farmer gets off an $80k fine for illegally draining a lake because he couldn’t afford to pay it!

An audit reveals that Horowhenua District Council made at least $1.5 million of unauthorised and undocumented payments to preferred projects

By Veronica Harrod At least $1.5 million of unauthorised payments made by Council Audit NZ and the Maori Land Court have both revealed evidence that Horowhenua District Council made at least $1.5 million of unauthorised and undocumented payments to preferred projects . Audit New Zealand said there was no, “formal evidence of the existence” of … Continue reading An audit reveals that Horowhenua District Council made at least $1.5 million of unauthorised and undocumented payments to preferred projects