Kapiti Observer : May 12th 2011
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Superior and trusted management of investment properties 0800 455 622 Raewyn Thomas 027 246 5696 Kerry-Ann de Ruiter 027 212 0763 firstname.lastname@example.org 3538370AB Council seeks convenant lift for dam Dam spot: The site of the proposed $32 million Maungakotukutuku Dam. Purchase progressing By JOEL MAXWELL The council will probably par- tially remove a covenant protect- ing native plants at the site of the Maungakotukutuku Dam as it pushes ahead to secure land for its future water supply project. A staff report for today s corpor- ate business committee meeting outlined progress on the council s water supply project -- including an update on land purchase prog- ress for the dam. Project manager Phillip Stroud said the council was in discussions with the Department of Conser- vation over alteration of the native plant covenant, which would include mitigation now to future-proof the site . Partial removal was the pre- ferred option for the covenant that covered about 4.5 hectares of land on the remote site, accessed via Nikau Valley. Mr Stroud said progress was being made on a conditional pur- chase agreement with land owners, two private companies and Greater Wellington Regional Council, for the potential site. The project involves creating a 28ha 10-metre-deep lake behind a 31.5m concrete dam. Stored water from the dam would be released into a stream feeding the Waikanae River -- top- ping up the river s natural flow as required. Buying the land at the site would allow the council to build the dam at a future date, with a price tag of about $32 million. When the council listed the dam as its second preference for a water supply solution in August last year, it stated the land could cost between $1.3m and $2m. The cost of buying the land is included in water supply project budgets for the current and next financial years, totalling about $4.1m. Meanwhile, Mr Stroud outlined progress on the preferred water supply option for the Waikanae, Paraparaumu, Raumati catch- ment -- the river recharge project. The river recharge scheme would take water from bores and use it to top up Waikanae River below the council water treatment plant. Mr Stroud said river investigations had been conducted by Niwa to better understand the discharge effects on the down- stream ecology of the river. The field work, which has con- cluded, measured the effects on both water chemistry and ecology, Mr Stroud said. He said the project, including investigative drilling to create a groundwater model, was still run- ning to schedule. However, this is subject to the success of the investigation works. If all six investigation wells have to be drilled, or limited water is found, the programme may slip. Mr Stroud said the council would have a better under- standing of an eventual com- pletion date before the end of the year. Mystery death in forest referred to coroner Police investigating the death of Dick Pere, who was found dead in his car in the Waitarere Beach Forest on Wednesday, May 4, say they are satisfied that no-one else was involved in his death. Dick Illya Tikirau Pere, 43, of Palmerston North, was found dead in a burning Daewoo Nabira car at 7.30am on a track about two kilometres from Waitarere Beach Rd. Police spokeswoman Kim Perks had said the death was being treated as unexplained while they investigated. Yesterday she said the investigation was largely com- plete and the matter had now been referred to the coroner. Mr Pere s family has been updated on the findings.
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