Pukaki Quiet Zone Supporters
Helping to preserve Lake Pukaki 'as it is' for future generations.
The Mackenzie is a place where visitors come to see the beauty of glacial formed landscapes and the bluest of blue glacial fed lakes. Lake Pukaki is the largest of the Mackenzie Lakes and at the northern end of the lake stands Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealands’ highest mountain and a taonga, national treasure.
Lake Pukaki is a tranquil quiet landscape, the like of which is fast disappearing from our world. Unsullied by commercialism and visual and noise pollution, millions of visitors from New Zealand and overseas flock to the lake just for the pristine, spellbinding views. It is what visitors to the Mackenzie come to see, photograph and enjoy. This experience is culturally significant, peaceful and spectacularly beautiful. We want you to help protect this precious landscape from noise and visual pollution, and ensure it, and its shores, remain pure and pristine for all New Zealanders. For all of us, who have been moved by it, and touched by it, Lake Pukaki deserves our protection, our guardianship, and our greatest respect.
THE GOOD NEWS
As a result of a petition to the Mackenzie District Council, a consultation document was released in 2017 calling for submissions on the protection and management of the lakes in the Mackenzie, including Lake Pukaki. Council wanted to hear your views. And as a result of this consultation the Council proposes that motorised craft, with a few exceptions, be prohibited on Lake Pukaki. This is a forward thinking move and Council are to be congratulated for moving to give Lake Pukaki the same respect as the unpolluted Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky reserve above us. The plan change is called Plan Change 19.
THE EVEN BETTER NEWS
Following a hearing on Plan Change 19 in November 2018, the final version of the plan change has been published by Mackenzie District Council. This can be accessed here. In summary, the plan change prohibits commercial motorised craft on Lake Pukaki and makes provision for limited recreational use on the Lake.
THERE ARE STILL A FEW HURDLES TO GET OVER TO ENSURE LAKE PUKAKI IS PROTECTED.
We are working hard to preserve Lake Pukaki as a Quiet Zone for future generations. If the preservation of Lake Pukaki is important to you, we encourage you to sign up to our newsletter for further updates about the Plan Change 19 and other protection initiatives.