Inanga are a New Zealand native aquatic species that is at risk and in decline. Every year there are fewer inanga in our streams and rivers. There are ways that you can help prevent losing them from our waterways.
Inanga prefer to live in bush-covered streams and rivers and in the last 100 years they have lost of huge amount of their habitat by people draining wetlands, artificially channelling small streams and removing vegetation beside streams.
Adult inanga need clean and healthy water to live in and breed. Pollution from the land reduces water quality in streams and barriers in waterways like dams also stop the inanga migrating.
Inanga have an unusual life cycle. They begin their life as eggs laid in vegetation beside streams in late summer and early autumn. When they hatch, they are carried downstream as larvae and spend 6 months at sea, in the spring they migrate back upstream as whitebait and then grow into adult fish.
Some easy ways you can help to stop the decline in numbers:
• Always follow the whitebait fishing regulations (Whitebait season starts in August in Hauraki)
• Keep your catch small and take only what you need
• Keep streams free from pest plant and fish
• Get involved and fence and plant your local streams
For more information on identifying and protecting a spawning site or even creating a new site visit www.doc.govt.nz... and search “protecting inanga” in the search bar at the top of the page.
Address: Hauraki Office - 3/366 Ngati Maru Highway PO Box 343, Thames 3540
Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?
Now more than ever it's up to all of us to try not to annoy our neighbours, and to be more tolerant ourselves, so here are some easy ways to do just that.
And if you're wondering what makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad one, check out the 12 most annoying neighbour types. How many have you lived next to?
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
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Waikato authorities are alarmed at the numbers of people flouting national direction by going out on the water in boats and other vessels.
Waikato Regional Council’s harbourmasters have reported seeing people in launches and yachts, some trailer boats and kayaks in waters off the region’s east and west coasts in recent days.
“Boat ramps remain open for the sole purpose of enabling commercial fishing vessels and boats like ours to go onto the water,” said Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne.
"They are not for recreational water users wanting to escape lockdown.”
Waikato Region Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Controller Julian Snowball said the reasons people can leave their home have been made repeatedly clear.
“Don’t go where you might need rescuing. We need to make sure our emergency services are available to help those in the greatest need.
“We’re not trying to be killjoys. What we are trying to do is save lives, and this blatant disregard for others is putting themselves and others at risk,” Mr Snowball said.
“Stay at home. Only leave if you’re accessing an essential service, working in one, or exercising.