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Protecting Lake Taupō Project

The Protecting Lake Taupō Project is a nationally recognised, precedent-setting catchment management project to protect Lake Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake and taonga to Ngāti Tūwharetoa. The Ministry, on behalf of the Crown, provided $35M towards total project costs of $72.9M to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering the lake.

The nitrogen reduction limits set in the project have been met, which is a great achievement as it required significant engagement and collaboration with land owners to change their land-use practices. The project is now focusing on monitoring to ensure nitrogen reduction targets are maintained.

The project has been described as an exemplar of catchment management to protect lake water quality, not just in the effectiveness of the partnerships, but that it was completed ahead of schedule. There are few other projects in the world that provide such comprehensive protection of a near-pristine water body.​

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