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Rangitaiki Drainage Scheme

The Rangitaiki Drainage Scheme provides benefits of gravity drainage to much of the land on the Rangitaiki Plains.

The Rangitaiki Plains covers an area of 29,000 ha between Matata and Whakatane, extending from the coast to Kawerau and covers the lower flood plains of the Rangitaiki, Tarawera and Whakatane Rivers.

The predominant land use is dairying, horticulture and grain cropping. There are also small areas of wetland reserve and urban development. Prior to European settlement in 1890 the Rangitaiki Plains consisted mostly of wetlands.

The total value of the scheme is approximately $4.4 million (scheduled for review). The costs of capital works and scheme maintenance is solely provided by the scheme ratepayers.

Rangitaiki Drainage Scheme Boundary

Download the Rangitaiki Drainage Area Boundary Map (96KB, pdf)

The scheme consists of:

  • 328 kilometres of major canals and drains servicing 29,000 hectares
  • Culvert and flapgate structures at 22 locations
  • 1100 metres of low stopbanks
  • Four erosion control structures

This does not include assets of the Rangitaiki-Tarawera or Whakatane-Tauranga Rivers Schemes or the 34 separate communal pumping schemes, which also service the Rangitaiki Plains. Significant issues facing the scheme are subsidence, conservation values and weed control.

Drainage Scheme Maps

The following maps are of the Rangitaiki Drainage Scheme. To find out which map applies to you, download the index map.

  • Index (300KB, pdf)
  • A1 (402KB, pdf)
  • A2 (407KB, pdf)
  • A3 (443KB, pdf)
  • A4 (394KB, pdf)
  • A5 (354KB, pdf)
  • B1 (383KB, pdf)
  • B2 (422KB, pdf)
  • B3 (385KB, pdf)
  • B4 (415KB, pdf)
  • B5 (424KB, pdf)
  • C1 (187KB, pdf)
  • C2 (380KB, pdf)
  • C3 (396KB, pdf)
  • C4 (396KB, pdf)
  • D1 (378KB, pdf)
  • D2 (443KB, pdf)