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Find out more about Kaituna Maketu project

Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s plans to re-divert the Kaituna River and create wetlands in the area can find out more about the project at an informal information evening later this month.                                                                                                    

The information session will be held on Thursday 21 November from 6pm at Whakaue Marae at Maketu.

The Regional Council plans to re-divert nearly a quarter of the river’s flow back into Ongatoro/Maketu estuary to improve the estuary’s health and create several wetlands. It has been talking to the community about the options for several months, and the information evening is a chance to find out more about what the preferred option looks like and what happens next.

Project Manager Pim de Monchy said the community has been very involved in developing the options, and the information evening is an opportunity for everyone to see the preferred option, find out what the Regional Council has learned from modelling exercises and ask questions.

“It’s the first public meeting since the option was selected, and more information days will be held in February and May next year to ensure everyone has a chance to see what’s planned and raise any questions with us,” he said.

“The Maketu community has been concerned for a long time about the degradation of their estuary since Te Tumu cut was opened in 1956. The opening made the estuary more saline, contributed to the loss of nearly all wetlands and reduced the estuary’s ability to flush out sand and mud.”

The Regional Council plans to apply for resource consent in mid-2014 and to designate land required for the project, with construction planned to start by the end of 2015 once all requirements are met.

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