An Auckland Council plan to remove the historic weir across the Mahurangi River, close to the Bridgehouse bar and restaurant, has infuriated locals who insist it must stay.
But Auckland Council’s senior advisor for freshwater biodiversity Matt Bloxham is equally adamant the weir must go.
The weir was originally built to facilitate the supply of water to the Wilson cement works and is about 100 years old.
Mr Bloxham says the physical height and speed of water crashing over the weir make it near impossible for native fish – particularly whitebait – to scramble over the weir to get upstream to spawn. Read more