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Rangitaiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme

This scheme encompasses two rivers the Rangitaiki and the Tarawera. The Rangitaiki catchment covers 3005 km2. The Tarawera catchment covers 984 km2.

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To order a copy of the Rangitaiki Tarawera Floodplain Management Strategy Stage 1 please contact us. Cost: $27. Alternatively, click on the link above to download a copy.

Advisory Group meeting notes

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a network of advisory people for each of the EBOP-managed river and drainage schemes in the region.  The advisory group members are representatives for ratepayers of their particular scheme. Meetings are held with the advisory groups in March and September of each year.   Extraordinary meetings are called as required.  Below is a copy of meeting notes from recent advisory group meetings.

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Rangitaiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme Advisory Group meeting - 8 November 2017 252 KB pdf

For previous meeting notes contact us on the details below.

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Rangitaiki Attachments map 1 3MB pdf
Rangitaiki Land Formations map 2 3MB pdf
Rangitaiki Tarawera Catchment Geology map 3 3MB jpeg
Rangitaiki Tarawera Catchment Land Cover 3MB jpeg

Scheme information

Rangitaiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme Rating Area map - index sheet (2MB, pdf)

The Rangitaiki River rises 130km from the Bay of Plenty coast and 32km east of Lake Taupo to an elevation of 800m. It flows 64km across the Kaingaroa Plains to Murupara where the flood flows are only two or three times the normal as a result of the absorbent pumice plains. 20km further on the Whirinaki and Horomanga tributaries join the main channel contributing relatively large flood flows and quantities of shingle.

The river flows across the Galatea Plains before entering the hydrolake Lake Aniwhenua. Lake Rerewhakaaitu drains into the river which then passes through a gorge and out on to the Waiohau Plains to the hydrolake Lake Matahina. Finally the Rangitaiki passes through a valley, across the Rangitaiki Plains and out to sea at Thornton through a 1500m cut excavated in 1913.

The Tarawera River drains from Lake Tarawera at 300m elevation. The river drops to 150m in 6.5km and continues to fall to Kawerau. Below Kawerau the grade is more gentle. Tributaries such as the Mangawhio, Waiwhakapa, and Mangate join the Tarawera River above Kawerau, the Mangaone and Ruruanga near Otakiri and Awakaponga near Matata. The Rangitaiki Plains drainage scheme also contribute to the Tarawera flow. The pumice of the Tarawera catchment and ponding effect of the lake regulate the runoff and maximum recorded floods have only been two to three times the normal flow.

What Does the Scheme Involve?

Substantial stopbanking of the Rangitaiki River at Te Teko the Tarawera is stopbanked below the State Highway 30 bridge the scheme is designed to provide protection from a 100 year flood.