Toponui River NZ Report #711

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    Lee Arbach TBP
    Keymaster

    Environment River Patrol – Aotearoa
    19.09.2017
    Toponui River
    Hotline Report to – Report #711 – Auckland City – Environment Department. Drive walk patrol between Topnui and Kaiwaka on State Highway 1 – Beef cattle are polluting a small
    stream and a wetand that feeds to the Kaipara Harbour.
    This location is between Toponui and Kaiwaka. Turn just into Otioro Road and to the right of the road is where the cattle were sighted and photographed. To the right of the road is an unfenced wetland where there is obvious sign of cattle penetration.
    Environment River Patrol Aotearoa assesses that the farmer is in breach of the 1991 RMA – 17 a & b “Duty to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects”. The cattle are not fenced from the stream and are entering it, fouling it and causing sedimentation to the stream.
     This small stream and wetland feeds to the Toponui River
     The Toponui Rivers feeds to the Oruawaharo River
     The Oruawaharo feeds to the Kaipara Harbour.
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    Environment River Patrol-Aotearoa is grateful to receive funding from Te Ohu Kaimoa to help with the kaitiakitanga of our waterways by way of reporting on cattle fouling waterways, effluent discharges to waterways and to respond to water related consent applications.
    This beef cow is just exiting this wetland stream – was in it up to its belly. You can see its walk trail.
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    Environment River Patrol-Aotearoa is grateful to receive funding from Te Ohu Kaimoa to help with the kaitiakitanga of our waterways by way of reporting on cattle fouling waterways, effluent discharges to waterways and to respond to water related consent applications.
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    Environment River Patrol-Aotearoa is grateful to receive funding from Te Ohu Kaimoa to help with the kaitiakitanga of our waterways by way of reporting on cattle fouling waterways, effluent discharges to waterways and to respond to water related consent applications.
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    Environment River Patrol-Aotearoa is grateful to receive funding from Te Ohu Kaimoa to help with the kaitiakitanga of our waterways by way of reporting on cattle fouling waterways, effluent discharges to waterways and to respond to water related consent applications.
    This topo map below shows the location of these cattle
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    Environment River Patrol-Aotearoa is grateful to receive funding from Te Ohu Kaimoa to help with the kaitiakitanga of our waterways by way of reporting on cattle fouling waterways, effluent discharges to waterways and to respond to water related consent applications.
    The stream is laden with unnecessary sediment and nitrate and ecoli. This is a common scene throughout the Northland Regional Council region. However this is in the Auckland Region. All this sediment, nitrate and ecoli goes down to pollute the Kaipara Harbour. This is not a “permitted activity” as in this instance, the farmer is in breach of the 1991 RMA – 17 a & b “Duty to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects”.
    It is these continuing cumulative effects that add up from the common scenarios seen in these photos that are causing our Kaipara moana to be in crisis.
    Auckland Council – please reply to this correspondence – thank you.
    Millan Ruka
    Environment River Patrol – Aotearoa
    Postal – PO Box 98, Whangarei
    New Zealand
    Poroti Springs – Coordinator for WMRT
    and Resource Management Unit – hapu rep, Te Uriroroi, Te Parawhau, Te Mahurehure. millan@wairuaenergy.co.nz millan.ruka@gmail.com
    Mobile 021 67 3838
    Environment River Patrol-Aotearoa is grateful to receive funding from Te Ohu Kaimoa to help with the kaitiakitanga of our waterways by way of reporting on cattle fouling waterways, effluent discharges to waterways and to respond to water related consent applications.

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