Te Arai Weir

By: Craig Powell

Environmental groups and farmers are furious that a controversial weir on Te Arai stream remains largely intact after being led to believe that it would be removed entirely by the end of January.

The groups say the weir, installed by developer Te Arai North Limited (TANL), poses a threat to endangered New Zealand native birds by restricting fish passage upstream, which the birds depend on for food.

Their fears were confirmed by Auckland Council ecologists Matt Bloxham and Tim Lovegrove, who investigated the weir last year.

It is feared the weir could completely wipe out the New Zealand fairy tern, with a population of only about 40 birds. read more

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