6 Dec 2012

Talks over iwi's call for boat ramp gate to be unlocked

7:16 am on 6 December 2012

Rotorua District Council and a local iwi environmental group are to enter into talks over public access to a lake.

The issue is over a locked gate blocking public access to a ramp at Okawa Bay on Lake Rotoiti - the lake bed owned by Te Arawa iwi.

Ngati Pikiao Environmental Society sent a letter with its request to the council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust on Sunday.

The letter says the council placed the locked gate on the ramp for the exclusive use of the Bay of Plenty Trailer Yacht Squadron.

Rotorua District Council says a meeting with the Ngati Pikiao Environmental Society is due to be held on 14 December to find a resolution.

The council intends to invite interested parties, including the yacht squadron, regional council, Te Arawa Lakes Trust and the police to the meeting.