Because of the decline of the Whakarewarewa geysers, it was decided to shut down all boreholes within a radius of 1.5 kilometres of the geyser field. Official notices were served on bore owners by the Ministry of Energy, and the bores were gradually closed down in 1987–88. The field has been monitored since 1981, and it is clear that the decline has stopped. However, most of the geysers that had disappeared before 1987 have not recovered.
Ministry of Energy Project Geothermal
P.O. Box 1943, Rotorua Telephone 71 235
CLOSURE OF THIS BORE IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE GEOTHERMAL INSPECTORATE UNDER THE GEOTHERMAL ENERGY REGULATIONS 1961. UNLESS EXPRESSLY AUTHORISED BY A GEOTHERMAL INSPECTOR NO PERSON MAY TAMPER OR INTERFERE WITH THIS BORE OR ITS EQUIPMENT IN ANY WAY.
ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO REGULATION 3 (7) OF THE GEOTHERMAL ENERGY REGULATIONS 1961 WHICH MAKES IT AN OFFENCE TO WILFULLY IMPEDE OR OBSTRUCT AN INSPECTOR IN THE EXERCISE OF ANY POWER CONFERRED ON INSPECTORS UNDER THE GEOTHERMAL ENERGY ACT 1953 OR THE SAID REGULATIONS. ANY UNAUTHORISED TAMPERING OR INTERFERENCE WITH THIS BORE SHALL BE TREATED AS A BREACH OF THIS REGULATION.
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