31 Jul 2013

Taupo plan key to encouraging more anglers - Tuwharetoa

7:07 pm on 31 July 2013

A central North Island iwi is happy to be working with the Department of Conservation (DoC) on sustaining sports fishing grounds in the Taupo region.

DoC commissioned an independent report as a result of public concerns over the health of trout fishery in the area.

Lake Taupo is well known for trout fishing, and is worth $29 million a year to the region's economy.

Ngati Tuwharetoa is one of the groups working alongside DoC on the sports fisheries management.

The tribe's Maori Trust Board chief executive, Tamarapa Lloyd, says his iwi is looking forward to having a more active governance role as a result of the report.

He says the iwi is interested in some of the opportunities outlined in the report which should benefit the iwi.

Mr Lloyd says effective management of the sports fishery and keeping Lake Taupo healthy are important to keeping it commercially viable.

He says one of the concerns highlighted in the report was a 20% drop in licence sales over the past five years.

Mr Lloyd says the iwi wants to work with DoC to encourage more fishers to use the lake and bolster the local economy.