Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Bird control programme underway at Wastewater Treatment Plant

9 Jan 2017, 9:36 AM

Waitomo District Council undertakes a bird control (waterfowl) programme at the Te Kuiti Wastewater Treatment Plant (TKWWTP) as part of the Resource Consent. The ponds are an undesirable habitat for waterfowl because of the immediate risk to bird health from avian botulism, and the risk of disease transmittal to other nesting or feeding areas. The feeding pattern of large bird population at the TKWWTP also has a negative impact on neighbouring farms by damaging crop and pasture and interfering with farm management practices and productivity.

WDC’s programme runs from November through to March and includes monitoring and reporting of the waterfowl population to Waikato Regional Council.

WDC uses an acoustic deterrent device, to discourage the ducks and swans from populating the pond. The loud bang created by the device may be heard randomly but should not cause concern, as it is harmless. The device is not used overnight and on weekends.

Te Kuiti Wastewater treatment plant waterfowl December 2016