The Rangitāiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme covers the 3005kmRangitāiki catchment and the 984 km2 Tarawera catchment.

The Rangitāiki River is the region’s longest river at 155 kilometres while the Tarawera River is 65 kilometres.

This scheme includes:

  • 3 major flood gates
  • Over 600m of concrete flood walls
  • Over 130km of stopbanks
  • 1 pump station

Current projects

Rangitāiki Floodway and Spillway

The Rangitāiki Floodway upgrade is a multi-stage project designed to take pressure off the flood-prone Rangitāiki River by diverting some of its flow.

Rangitāiki River floodwalls

Three concrete floodwalls on the Rangitāiki River are being replaced to ensure they continue to help protect our communities from flooding in the coming decades.

Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws

The Flood Protection and Drainage Bylaws are regulations that safeguard flood protection and land drainage assets from damage or misuse.

April 2017 Flood Repair Project

We're repairing the flood damage to our rivers and drains to protect people, property and livelihoods.

Scheme updates

12 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Rangitāiki – Tarawera Rivers Scheme week 23 January to 27 January 2023.

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Works on the Rangitāiki – Tarawera Rivers Scheme week 23 January to 27 January 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Rangitāiki River

College Road

Left Bank

Rock Replenishment   

Andrew Pawson

Rangitāiki River

867 Kopuriki Road, Nuku

Left bank

Willow maintenance, beach shaping, pest plant removal

Andrew Pawson

Reids Central Canal

Hammonds

Right bank

Stage 2 of Rock Replenishment

Andrew Pawson

See a map of all the work happening this week on our River Schemes.

If you want to discuss any of these works further, please contact the responsible person on 0800 884 880.

Weekly update
19 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Rangitāiki – Tarawera Rivers Scheme week 16 January to 20 January 2023.

2023-01-16 - Weekly update

Works on the Rangitāiki – Tarawera Rivers Scheme week 16 January to 20 January 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Rangitāiki River

College Road

Left Bank

Earthworks, Cut and fill existing bank  

Mark Werpachowski

Rangitāiki River

867 Kopuriki Road, Nuku

Left bank

Willow maintenance, beach shaping, pest plant removal

Andrew Pawson

Reids Central Canal

Hammonds

Right bank

Stage 2 of Rock Replenishment

Andrew Pawson

See a map of all the work happening this week on our River Schemes.

If you want to discuss any of these works further, please contact the responsible person on 0800 884 880.

Weekly update
23 days ago

Construction update: Disruption on McCracken and McLean Roads

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will begin construction for the final stage of the Rangitāiki Floodway in March 2023.

2023-01-12 - Construction update: Disruption on McCracken and McLean Roads

Construction update: Disruption on McCracken and McLean Roads

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will begin construction for the final stage of the Rangitāiki Floodway in March 2023.

The Rangitāiki Floodway is a key piece of flood defence infrastructure to help protect the lives and livelihoods of the community.

In a flood event, the Rangitāiki Floodway is designed to take pressure off the Rangitāiki River by diverting some of its flow (via a Spillway) into near-by farmland between stopbanks and out the Rangitāiki River mouth at Thornton.

What’s happening?

The construction process involves installing swing gates (heavy duty steel flood barriers) at two sites along the Rangitāiki Floodway:

  • Site one: Two sets on McCracken Road (located between Hydro Road and Western Drain Road, Edgecumbe)
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  • Site two: Two sets on McLean Road (located between East Bank Road and Western Drain Road, Edgecumbe)
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When the Floodway is activated, these swing gates will have two functions: They will act as a barrier on the road, keeping the community from entering a flood zone, and maintain the stopbank height of the Floodway, creating a channel that helps send water out to the Rangitāiki River mouth.

When not in use, the gates are locked open, allowing uninterrupted traffic flow.

How might this impact you?

Construction is due to begin in March 2023 and each site is expected to take approximately seven weeks.

During construction, road closures will be in place around the swing gate site and there will be no through traffic. Residents will be able to access their homes, however detours will be in place to travel to and from McLean and McCracken Roads.

We will keep you updated on construction and road closures via this project page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Project Lead Niroy Sumeran on engineering@boprc.govt.nz or 0800 884 880.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

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2 months ago

Weekly update

Works on the Rangitāiki – Tarawera Rivers Scheme week 19 December to 23 December 2022.

2022-12-19 - Weekly update

Works on the Rangitāiki – Tarawera Rivers Scheme week 19 December to 23 December 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Rangitāiki River

College Road

Left bank

Willow/Pest plant/tree removal

Andrew Pawson

Rangitāiki River

867 Kopuriki Road, Nuku

Left bank

Willow maintenance, beach shaping, pest plant removal

Andrew Pawson

See a map of all the work happening this week on our River Schemes.

If you want to discuss any of these works further, please contact the responsible person on 0800 884 880.

Weekly update
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Advisory groups and forums

Rangitāiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme Advisory Group

Membership of the Rivers Scheme Advisory Groups is representative of the different interests and locations within the scheme areas. 

Rangitāiki River Co-Governance Forum

The Rangitaiki River Forum was formed in May 2012 by law to protect and enhance the mauri (life-giving capacity) of the Rangitaiki River and its tributaries.

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