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Where is your favourite freshwater spot?

Go in a draw with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to win a GoPro. Photo: BOPRC

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council are running a fun lockdown challenge, with the winner receiving a GoPro Hero8.

"We know it's lockdown and you may not be able to get to your favourite swim spot right now but if you could where would it be?" asks a staff member on the councils' Facebook page.

"Simply let us know what freshwater spots are important to you and you’ll go in the draw."

Readers are encouraged to send in their comments and feedback to the council to let them know which rivers, wetlands and lakes are important to them and why.

"The government is making big changes to the way freshwater is managed. Some of these changes are already in place but most will be included in our new regional rules in 2024 after extensive tāngata whenua and community consultation," says a Bay of Plenty Regional Council spokesperson.

"Our regular monitoring means we already have a pretty good understanding of the health of this regions waterways. We have reviewed existing documents and have good knowledge of which waterbodies are important to tangata whenua and the wider community.

"But, before we embark on this significant journey, we want to ensure we’re on the right track and haven’t missed anything. Understanding your freshwater values and aspirations will help us get the rules right for our region."

A marker can be added to a map provided on line with a comment added. So far 75 comments have been added.

"The lower Kaituna is in close proximity to the ocean and should happily home a range of native fish species," says Jessica Sommerville, on her marker. "While I'm not [certain] of its health, visually its an embarrassment and it sometimes stinks of dairy discharge. Through this rule drafting process more needs to be done to improve this special awa."

The map shows markers across the Bay of Plenty.

At a mark at the Wairoa River is a comment about the clubs in the area.

"At this great spot there is a rowing club, a slalom club and a canoe sprint club!" writes Jimmy.

To enter the draw for a GoPro Hero8 from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, click here and leave your own comment about which rivers, wetlands and lakes in the Bay of Plenty region are important to you.

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