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

3 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 4 July to the 8 July 2022.

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Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 4 July to the 8 July 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Orini Canal

Orini Canal

Left bank

Erosion control and planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga River

Raroa Stream

Left bank

Erosion repairs, planting

Geoff Stone

Tauranga River

B Clark

Right bank

Trench willow maintenance

Geoff Stone

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Floodwall Fishing Club

Right bank

Tree and root removal from floodwall repair crack

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Patuwai Road

Left bank

Culvert replacement

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

R Lyford

Right bank

Erosion repair, trench willow and layering

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
10 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 27 June to the 1 July 2022.

2022-06-27 - Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 27 June to the 1 July 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Floodwall Fishing Club

Right bank

Tree and root removal from floodwall repair crack

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Patuwai Road

Left bank

Culvert replacement

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

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
17 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 20 June to the 23 June 2022.

2022-06-20 - Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 20 June to the 23 June 2022.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Floodwall Fishing Club

Right bank

Tree and root removal from floodwall repair crack

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Patuwai Road

Left bank

Culvert replacement

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

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
24 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 13 June to the 17 June 2022.

2022-06-13 - Weekly update

Works on the Whakatāne-Tauranga River Scheme week 13 June to the 17 June 2022.

River/Drain

Site Name

Left/Right bank

Type of Works

Person Responsible

Kopeopeo &

Orini Canals

Floodgates

Both banks

Floodgates open to enable tidal flows

Andrew Pawson

Tauranga & Whakatāne Rivers

Various

Both banks

Spray pampas on gravel beds

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Floodwall Fishing Club

Right bank

Tree and root removal from floodwall repair crack

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Patuwai Road

Left bank

Culvert replacement

Geoff Stone

Whakatāne River

Cleary Avenue

Right bank

Tree stump removal & stopbank repair

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
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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.