The north island town of Rotorua has a new smell.
Traditionally, Rotorua has a sulfur smell that comes from the geothermal activity in the region.
However, there is a new smell in town. Lake weed on a lakefront redevelopment is causing a stench in Rotorua and has so far cost ratepayers about $20,000 to clear.
Regional and district councils say the smell comes from lake weed due to a storm and high winds and the smell will remain while some of the weed dries up or is washed away.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council lakes operations manager Andy Bruere said a storm a couple of weeks ago washed weed from weed beds in the lake to the shore.
He said the clean-up cost had come to about $20,000 so far to run a weed harvester.