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

April 2017 Flood Repair Project

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

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.

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.

Scheme updates

2 months ago

Planting on the Whakatāne and Tauranga Rivers

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has been busy planting thousands of tress on the Whakatāne and Tauranga Rivers over the last few months.

Willow Poles have been planted in the upper reaches of the rivers to help stop the banks eroding. Alongside this we have been removing weed and restoring native fish habitat with native plants.

4 months ago

What are stopbanks and how can I help protect them?

Did you know that Bay of Plenty Regional Council maintain over 350km of stopbanks to help keep you safe?

2021-07-20 - What are stopbanks and how can I help protect them?

Did you know that Bay of Plenty Regional Council maintain over 350km of stopbanks to help keep you safe?

Stopbanks are our key defence against flooding. They are compacted earth banks built next to rivers and floodways to help contain water in flooding events.

No matter how well they are designed, constructed and maintained, stopbanks are only as strong as the weakest link.

That’s why protecting them from damage is vital.

What can damage stopbanks?

Did you know that a lot of things can damage stopbanks? This includes, vehicles, sheds, and structures, and any digging or excavating. Some large trees can also be a problem as roots can create weakness in the stopbank.

What are my responsibilities?

As a landowner or resident we rely on you to protect the stopbanks on or near your property and inform Regional Council of any damage.

You must follow the Flood Protection Drainage Bylaws and remember to contact Regional Council for permission before doing the following on or near a stopbank:

  • Planting or cutting down trees
  • Digging
  • Building or demolishing any structures e.g. patios, sheds, or fences

How you can help protect stopbanks:

  • Please don’t try and fix any issues before contacting Regional Council as this can cause more damage
  • Report any pest damage to Regional Council
  • Report anything that you are unsure of, or that doesn’t look quite right
  • Don’t throw any grass or plant

Report damage

  • Help keep our flood systems and stopbanks safe by keeping an eye out for damage. If you see a fallen tree, or people, or vehicles damaging stopbanks, please report it to Bay of Plenty Regional Council:
    Call 0800 884 880
4 months ago

Wairere Stream investigations

You might see activity around the Wairere Stream in Whakatāne over the next couple of days as part of our work to understand more about the condition of our flood defences.

Access to parts of the stream will be restricted at times and there will be traffic disruption as shown on the map. Please take care in the area, keep speed down and drive safely around the worksite.

4 months ago

Whakatāne stopbank testing

This week we’re doing some soil testing on the stopbank near Natana Place in Whakatāne as part of our efforts to understand more about how our stopbanks are performing.

Our team of engineers are constantly monitoring, maintaining and upgrading our different flood defences including these compacted earth banks built next to rivers to help contain waiter in flooding events.