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Lake Pukaki

In 2012, Meridian Energy sought a change in conditions controlling the water levels and flows of Lake Pukaki. The aim was to enable a draw-down of a further five metres from the minimum lake level of 518 metres above sea level (masl) in an energy crisis.

r+m prepared a landscape and visual assessment for the proposed changes. Their assessment considered the existing natural character, land­scape and visual amenity values of the lake and its surrounding setting. r+m referenced relevant plans and landscape studies and considered the nature and scale of the proposed draw-down.

r+m's assessment of the effects on landscape and visual amenity values of the increased drawdown contributed to Environment Canterbury consenting to the changes. 

lake pukaki bridge lake pukaki grasses
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An iconic landscape feature in an Outstanding Natural Landscape, providing a significant amount of New Zealand's hydroelectricity.

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