It is with great joy that lake lovers in the community have caught wind of the fact that significant funding is to be given to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to slow the rapid spread of aquatic weeds in a number of iconic New Zealand lakes. The Government has had $7.5 million set aside for LINZ for the next four years which will almost double the annual budget for the tasks at hand. These funds will be able to allow the entity to increase surveillance of lake weed, as well as improving control of hessian matting and herbicide use in lakes like Wakatipu, Dunstan and Wanaka.
Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage visited Lake Wanaka last week to announce the funding publicly heard first hand about what had already taken effect on the lake. “I’m pleased that this funding will mean more hessian matting can be used for weed control in lakes and waterways around the country,” she expressed.
The funding will go into effect almost immediately and will allow for LINZ to work with both NIWA and Boffa Miskell to initiate change. “The funding will also mean increased surveillance for Lake Wakatipu, which couldn’t come at a more critical time with lagarosiphon having been removed from this iconic waterway earlier this year,” said Minister Sage.