The diatom (Lindavia intermedia) that causes lake snow—nuisance slime in clean-water lakes that ruins angling and can block water intakes—was apparently introduced to New Zealand shortly before 2002, but was widespread by 2005. To obtain a clearer picture of when this diatom arrived in New Zealand, Otago Regional Council (ORC) commissioned NIWA to search archived diatom data and collections.
Forty dignitaries and agency representatives gathered at Lake Karāpiro to officially launch a management plan for hornwort prepared for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and a stakeholder group by NIWA. The plan is aimed at reducing the nuisance impacts of the submerged weed hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) at this world-renown aquatic sporting venue. NIWA worked collaboratively with LINZ, Waikato Regional Council, Waipa District Council, local iwi and Mercury in developing lake weed management goals and objectives for the next ten years.
Climate change is one of the defining societal and environmental challenges of the 21st century, for New Zealand and the planet.