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Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme

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.

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

Scheme news and updates

River Scheme Weekly Update Waioeka Otara
9 MONTHS AGO Weekly update

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

River Scheme Weekly Update Waioeka Otara
10 MONTHS AGO Weekly update

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

11 MONTHS AGO 2023 School Sustainability and Resilience Fund recipients announced

More than 6000 native trees and shrubs were planted along the old Waiōtahi Valley Back Road on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, as part of an ongoing community effort to restore the area and improve the water quality of the Waiōtahe River.

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A YEAR AGO Help keep flood defences functioning this winter

With increased rainfall and weather events impacting the region, Bay of Plenty Regional Council is reminding landowners living near the region’s flood defences to refresh themselves of the rules.

Read the full media release

A YEAR AGO Geotechnical investigation work

UPDATE: Due changeable weather conditions, this work will now be carried out in the new year from January 18, 2023.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is undertaking geotechnical investigation work at stopbanks around Ōpōtiki.

2 YEARS AGO Waioeka - Otara River Scheme 2021 end of year wrap

It’s been a busy year on the Waioeka and Otara Rivers Scheme. 

2 YEARS AGO Geotechnical investigations on the Waioeka River

We’re resuming our investigations around Ōpōtiki this week to check the condition of the stopbanks on the Waioeka River.

This essential monitoring will see contractors working on a number of mobile rigs and hand devices to find out the soil composition and stopbank stability.

It’s essential we undertake these investigations to ensure that our stopbanks will continue to help protect our communities from flooding in the coming decades.

The results will be used as part of determining if any upgrade or additional protection measures are needed.

2 YEARS AGO Keep motorbikes off stopbanks

Please remember to keep motorbikes off stopbanks to help us keep these important flood defences in good order.

If you see any damage please report it to us.

2 YEARS AGO Geotechnical investigations around Ōpōtiki

We’re doing some investigations around Ōpōtiki over the next few weeks to check the condition of the stopbanks on the Otara and Waioeka rivers.

We’ll be doing the tests at the 15 locations and thank you for your understanding as we undertake this essential monitoring to ensure that our stopbanks continue to help protect our communities from flooding.

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.

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