Topic: Te Arai Lakes

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The Te Arai region includes Slipper and Spectacle Lakes, lakes within the Te Arai Point Regional parklands, the Blackswamp Rd Conservation Lake and Tomarata Lake.

"The complex of dune lakes in Rodney is regionally significant and contains significant wetland and riparian vegetation and provides significant habitat for threatened wildlife. The Tomarata dune lakes are impounded by Holocene dune sands. Lake Tomarata on the east coast has a dense fringe of native emergent wetland vegetation and is the only known location of the peat-forming wire rush (Empodisma minus) in the Auckland Region. Despite the recent reduction in water quality of the lakes, they remain significant as the only east coast dune lakes in Auckland and for their habitat for native birds, including threatened species. Bird species around the lakes include banded rail, Australasian bittern and North Island fernbird. Caspian terns have been reported from Lakes Slipper and Spectacle".
Shona Myers, 2010 Click here for the full document
Tomarata Lake- click here for photos.

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