The Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme is the smallest of our four Schemes, covering 1,175km2 that extends from the coast at Ōpōtiki up to the regional boundary with Gisborne.

The Scheme includes the Waioeka and Otara Rivers, which converge in Ōpōtiki.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council owns and manages an array of flood protection and drainage defences across the rohe (such as stopbanks, floodgates, floodwalls etc). 

As well as developing new or improved flood defences, our team undertake regular work to test, check, repair and maintain these defences.

We do this to make sure they are in good condition, so that when a flood event occurs, the flood defences will help manage the impacts to the community.

Latest rainfall and river levels

You can also access all rainfall and river level data through our Environmental Data Portal.

Scheme news and updates

30 days ago

Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme for the week 28 August to 1 September 2023.

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Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme for the week 28 August to 1 September 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Otara River

Ngāti Ngahere Trust

Left bank

Maintenance – Stopbank remove trees – berm mulch unwanted vegetation

Tony Dunlop

Otara River

Ernest

Left bank

Overflow depression maintenance

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
3 months ago

Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme for the week 24 July to 28 July 2023.

2023-07-24 - Weekly update

Works on the Waioeka–Otara Rivers Scheme for the week 24 July to 28 July 2023.

River/Drain

Site name

Left/Right bank

Type of works

Person responsible

Otara River

Ernest

Left bank

Overflow depression maintenance

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
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Your River Scheme Advisory Group

Flood protection is an ongoing conversation with the community, to help balance the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts that flood protection presents.

To help achieve this, we established River Advisory Groups, which are made up of local people from along the river with different interest and involvements in the future of the awa. These locals are here to represent your needs and wants for the awa, which helps advise our teams when it comes to flood projects, maintenance and management.

Find out more the Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme Advisory Group.

river history infographic