Changes to Landscapes within the Lakes A Zone

What is being monitored?
Anticipated environmental result:
  • To avoid intrusion of buildings and structures into the volcanic landforms, particularly the steep slopes and ridgelines.
  • To determine by photography the intrusion of buildings and structures into the Lakes A Zone by biennial sample survey of key view points including key ridgelines, riparian margins and volcanic landforms.
Purpose of monitoring

Fourteen predetermined land-based viewshafts and 10 lake-based photo points (on Lake Tarawera) are located within the Lakes A Zone. These are monitored to keep track of changes in the landscapes and impacts on natural character. Photographs are taken every two years, and are compared to identify individual and cumulative visual changes. Changes may include addition or removal of buildings, vegetation, other landmarks, and earthworks to name a few. These are recorded with their level of impact, as well as identified threats and recommended management responses.

Reports available
All monitoring reports avavilable on the following link.  Click here 
Current trends

The latest view shaft monitoring report was undertaken in 2011. Monitoring found there was little change in landscapes within view shafts, with the exception of some vegetation clearance that had a minor effect. The report stated "The planning regulations and landscape management plans have achieved an appropriate level of integration of landscape change within the viewshafts. Change in most viewshafts appear to be minor"’

Top 3 management opportunities identified include:
  • Management of foreground vegetation for maintaining viewshafts
  • Re-vegetation of riparian margins
  • Enhance areas of indigenous vegetation

For all viewshafts maintaining the management status quo was recommended.

Below is a summary of findings for 2011. For the full report and locations of viewshafts click here.

Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2019 10:12am