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Rotorua lakes below usual summer levels

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/02/2017
Lake Rotorua in Rotorua, the North Island of New Zealand. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy Lake Rotorua in Rotorua, the North Island of New Zealand.

While most people want summer to be warm and dry, a bit of wet weather wouldn't go amiss in parts of Bay of Plenty.

The regional council says some of lakes are below their usual summer levels, with Lake Rotoiti about 50mm below its normal range for this time of year.

Lake Rotorua and Lake Okareka are also low.

Council principal engineering surveyor Graeme O'Rourke says river flows around the region are in a low state as well as the catchments dry out.

"Unless significant rain falls, lake levels and river flows around the Bay of Plenty will continue to decline," he said.

Mr O'Rourke said the situation wasn't yet critical but it was important for the public to be aware of the situation.

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