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Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme

The scheme comprises two main branches, the Waioeka and Otara Rivers.

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Scheme meeting notes

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a network of liaison people for each of the EBOP-managed river and drainage schemes in the region.  The liaison group members are the representatives for the ratepayers of their particular scheme. Meetings are held with the liaison groups in March and November of each year.   Extraordinary meetings are called as required.  Below is a copy of the notes from the last cycle of liaison group meetings. For previous meeting notes contact us on the details below.

Description Size Type
Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme Liaison Group meeting - 23 March 2016   86 KB pdf
Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme Liaison Group meeting - 23 November 2016 155 KB pdf

Scheme information

Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme Rating Area map - index sheet (10MB, pdf)

The Waioeka catchment covers 825 km2 extending 60 km, while the Otara covers 350 km2 and extends 30km. Both the catchments are relatively steep with extensive bush cover. The lower reaches of both rivers meander across flood plains before joining at Opotiki and flowing out to sea. Intensive rainstorms occur in both catchments with associated flooding and gravel movement being difficult to control.

A full analysis of the hydrology of both rivers was carried out by the East Coast Catchment Board in 1988. This concluded that, from continuous river stages recorded over the period 1958-85, the one hundred year flow for the Waioeka River as measured at the Cableway recorder, is 2100 cumecs (cubic metres per second). Similarly, based on records for the period 1964-86, the one hundred year flow for the Otara River at the Browns Bridge recorder is 1000 cumecs. Mean flows for the Cableway and Browns Bridge sites are 32 and 11 cumecs respectively.


The Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme includes substantial stopbanking of both the town and rural sections of both rivers, one pump station (Duke Street) and considerable bank edge protection works including riprap, rubble and plantings. The scheme also includes flood protection to the land adjoining Mill Stream and minor drainage works.