The Whakatāne-Tauranga Rivers Scheme covers the Tauranga River with a 440km2 catchment and the Whakatāne River with a 1100km2 catchment.

It also incorporates the Te Rahu, Waioho and Wairere tributaries.

The scheme includes:

  • 104 km of stopbanks
  • 5 major flood gates
  • 3 pump stations

Current projects

Safeguarding our Stopbanks

We’re currently doing some stopbank strengthening work along a section of the Whakatāne River Trail. This involves the removal of vegetation and structures which could impact the reliability of the stopbank.

Whakatāne Town Centre Flood Defence Upgrade

We’re working at ways to protect the community from increased flood risk 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

6 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 23 January to 27 January 2023.

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Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 23 January to 27 January 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Raroa Stream

Kirkbride Road

Both banks

Erosion control, gravel management, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga River

Osbournes

Left bank

Batter bank, trench willow, plant

Geoff Stone

Tauranga River

Rakuraku

Right bank

Salvage rock armour, and replace/move gravel, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Waioho Stream

Symmans

Both banks

Tree removal, erosion repairs and willow maintenance

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Henderson Street, Riverside Drive

Right bank

Mowing stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Henderson Street

Right bank

Repair stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Riverside Drive

Right bank

Drainage works stopbank and toe drain

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Ferry Road ponds

Right bank

Excavate material for stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Mananui Crescent

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Landing Rd Rowing Club

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rewatu Road

Left bank

Rock armour and erosion control tree removal

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rūātoki Water Intake

Left bank

Trench willows, rock groynes, planting

Geoff Stone

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
13 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 16 January to 20 January 2023.

2023-01-16 - Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 16 January to 20 January 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Raroa Stream

Kirkbride Road

Both banks

Erosion control, gravel management, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga River

Osbournes

Left bank

Batter bank, trench willow, plant

Geoff Stone

Tauranga River

Rakuraku

Right bank

Salvage rock armour, and replace/move gravel, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Waioho Stream

Symmans

Both banks

Tree removal, erosion repairs and willow maintenance

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Henderson Street, Riverside Drive

Right bank

Mowing stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Henderson Street

Right bank

Repair stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Riverside Drive

Right bank

Drainage works stopbank and toe drain

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Ferry Road ponds

Right bank

Excavate material for stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Mananui Crescent

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Landing Rd Rowing Club

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rewatu Road

Left bank

Rock armour and erosion control tree removal

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rūātoki Water Intake

Left bank

Trench willows, rock groynes, planting

Geoff Stone

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 Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 19 December to 23 December 2022.

2022-12-19 - Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 19 December to 23 December 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Tauranga River

Rakuraku

Right bank

Salvage rock armour, and replace/move gravel, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Waioho Stream

Symmans

Both banks

Tree removal, erosion repairs and willow maintenance

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Henderson Street

Right bank

Repair stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Riverside Drive

Right bank

Drainage works stopbank and toe drain

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Ferry Road ponds

Right bank

Clear slump edge ponds and desilt/deweed. Excavate material for stopbank.

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Mananui Crescent

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Landing Rd Rowing Club

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rewatu Road

Left bank

Rock armour and erosion control tree removal

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rūātoki Water Intake

Both banks

Trench willows

Geoff Stone

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 Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 12 December to 16 December 2022.

2022-12-12 - Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 12 December to 16 December 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Tauranga River

Rakuraku

Right bank

Salvage rock armour, and replace/move gravel, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Waioho Stream

Symmans

Both banks

Tree removal, erosion repairs and willow maintenance

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Henderson Street

Right bank

Repair stopbank

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Riverside Drive

Right bank

Drainage works stopbank and toe drain

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Ferry Road ponds

Right bank

Clear slump edge ponds and desilt/deweed. Excavate material for stopbank.

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Mananui Crescent

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Landing Rd Rowing Club

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Rewatu Road

Left bank

Rock armour and erosion control tree removal

Geoff Stone

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.

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Advisory group 

Whakatāne - Tauranga 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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