Lake Kohangatera is a typical example of a small, shallow coastal lake. Located in the East Harbour Regional Park on Wellington’s south coast, Kohangatera is the larger of the two Parangarahu Lakes (the other of which is Kohangapiripiri). Compared to other lakes around New Zealand, Lake Kohangatera is relatively unimpacted and physically unchanged. The plant species diversity and extensive native vegetation has given Lake Kohangatera its reputation as a nationally outstanding example of a ‘healthy’ lake. It also is listed in Greater Wellington’s existing Regional Freshwater Plan as a water body with nationally threatened fish species (source www.lawa.co.nz)..