This page contains information about the Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme which provides flood protection to a valuable agricultural area.
31/03/2017 10:47 a.m.
Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme is located north of Whangarei and is drained by the Wairua River. The scheme provides flood protection and flood management to about 5,600 hectares of farmland.
A system of earth banks along the length of the Wairua River help to confine floodwater in the river channel and away from farmland. If the rivers continue to rise beyond a set level, the water spills over the banks through specially constructed spillways into confined areas of land known as pockets.
There are seven pockets which have been designed to accept floodwater flows. Water is held in these pockets until the river level drops sufficiently for pumping stations located within each pocket of land to then pump the water from the flooded areas back into the river.
We obtained a new resource consent for the Scheme, with a 35 year term, in May 2010.
To view the Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme Map, follow the link below.
Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme Map [863kb]
Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme Management Plans
The Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme Management Plan (SMP) and the Flood Riparian and Ox-Bow/Cut-off Channel Management Plan (ROBMP) set out the operating and management procedures for the Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme as required by the resource consents.
The Fishery Management Plan is also a condition of the consent and recognises the cultural significance of the traditional tuna fishery to Ngati Hau.
Our Long Term Plan (LTP) 2012 -2022 describes how we will manage and operate the Scheme and focuses on the key areas:
- undertaking works to fulfill consent conditions
- replacement of pumps
- repayment of Scheme debt.
To view the details, follow the link below.
Flood Protection and Control Works [526kb]
Viewing the management plans
The management plans can be viewed by following the links below. The ROBMP forms part of and should be read in conjunction with the SMP.
The ROBMP has been split into two documents for easier downloading.
Scheme Management Plan [2.8mb]
Riparian and Ox-Bow Management Plan [6.9mb]
Fishery Management Plan [865kb]
Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme Working Group
A Hikurangi Flood Management Scheme Liaison Committee was formed in August 2011 to provide a forum for discussion of the management scheme.
Listed below are presentations, agendas and minutes from meetings of the Committee. To view a list of the individual documents click on the relevant heading in the table below.
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