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Lake Waro

  • Waro Lake was made by people mining in the quarry.
  • William Reid named Lake Waro.
  • It was discovered by the mining company.
  • Ron Laughlin was the first person to mine in Waro quarry.
  • There was a compass and bones but mostly limestone fossils in Waro lake.
  • Yes they did find coal in Waro.
  • They used pickaxes to mine it.
  • They used a big pipe to suck up the all the coal out of Waro quarry.
  • They didn’t dig underground.
  • It was a quarry.
  • It could be polluted.
  • Yes Lake Waro is dangerous.
  • There has been maximum of 27 deaths at Hikurangi Lake.
  • They say it doesn’t end?
  • The track is (2.2km) which can be up to 2,840 steps around Lake Waro.
  • Lake Waro is at least 93 years ago.
  • Waro means coal in Māori language.

Waro Lake
The Waro rocks are limestone and must have been under the ocean for millions of years as all kind of fossils have been found in them from sharks’ teeth to the bones of fish. The rocks were covered in trees and when a big fire started the native trees were burnt off the Waro rocks.
In Waro before 1900 all the rocks were covered and surrounded with native trees. Two streams of water ran from the rocks to form a large swamp which was well stocked with wild bird life.

Quarry Floods
Before Lake Waro was a lake it was a quarry where people got their coal and limestone. There were no underground tunnels it was only an open pit mine. There were two rivers that kept flowing into the pit and flooding it. It became too much of a hassle so they left it and Lake Waro was formed.

The meaning of Waro
In Waro before 1900 all the rocks were covered and surrounded with native trees. Two streams of water ran from the rocks to form a large swamp which was well stocked with wild bird life.

Our questions

  • What formed the Lake Waro?
  • Who named Lake Waro?
  • How was Lake Waro discovered?
  • Who was the first person to mine in Lake Waro?
  • What were some of the things discovered in Lake Waro?
  • Did they find coal in Waro?
  • What did they use to mine Waro?
  • If they did find coal in Waro what did they use to transport the coal?
  • How deep were the tunnels in Lake Waro?
  • What was Lake Waro before it was a lake?
  • Is it polluted?
  • Is Lake Waro dangerous?
  • What lives in Lake Waro?
  • How deep is Lake Waro?
  • What is the Māori history on Lake Waro?
  • If Lake Waro is dangerous how many deaths has there been?
  • How long is the track around Lake Waro?
  • How old is Lake Waro?
  • What does waro mean?

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