The Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme covers the Waioeka River with a 825 km2 catchment and Otara River with a 350 km2 catchment.

The rivers converge at Ōpōtiki and flow out to sea. The Scheme includes substantial stopbanking of both the town and rural sections of both rivers.

This scheme includes:

  • 65km of stopbanks
  • 1 pump station
  • 124 flap gates
  • 118 culverts

Current projects

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.

Updates

12 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 23 January to 27 January 2023.

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Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 23 January to 27 January 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Otara River

Carters Outlet

Right bank

Annual Flood Damage- Rock Replenishment

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Ernest

Left bank

Maintenance – Channel shaping

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Gault’s

Right Bank

Maintenance – Re shape river channel

Tony Dunlop

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 Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 16 January to 20 January 2023.

2023-01-16 - Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 16 January to 20 January 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Otara River

Carters Outlet

Right bank

Annual Flood Damage- Rock Replenishment

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Ernest

Left bank

Maintenance – Channel shaping

Tony Dunlop

Waioeka River

Woodlands Outlet

Left Bank

Maintenance – desilt outlet and modify access to flood gate

 

Otara River

Gault’s

Right Bank

Maintenance – Re shape river channel

Tony Dunlop

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
2 months ago

Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 19 December to 23 December 2022.

2022-12-20 - Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 19 December to 23 December 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Otara River

Carters Outlet

Right bank

Annual Flood Damage- Rock Replenishment

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Ernest

Left bank

Maintenance – Channel shaping

Tony Dunlop

Waioeka River

Woodlands Outlet

Left Bank

Maintenance – desilt outlet and modify access to flood gate

Tony Dunlop

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
2 months ago

Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 12 December to 16 December 2022.

2022-12-12 - Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme week 12 December to 16 December 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Otara River

Carters Outlet

Right bank

Annual Flood Damage- Rock Replenishment

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Brooklyn Farms

Right bank

Annual Flood Damage – Channel shaping/rock groynes /trench willows

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Ernest

Left bank

Maintenance – Channel shaping

Tony Dunlop

Waioeka River

Mouth of Waioeka Gorge

Right bank

Flood damage repairs SH2 – Works carried out by Waka Kotahi (NZTA)

Sean Rose (Higgins)

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 group

Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme Advisory Group

Membership of the River Scheme Advisory Group is representative of the different interests and locations within the scheme.

 

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