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Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme

The Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme comprises two main catchments - the 60km Waioeka River with a 825 km2 catchment and the 30km Otara River with a 350 km2 catchment. 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.

The 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.

Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme Advisory Group


Membership of the Rivers Scheme Advisory Groups is representative of the different interests and locations within the scheme areas. The groups are designed to share knowledge and views on scheme management matters on behalf of local scheme ratepayers. The groups’ advice on community values, objectives and possible solutions will help us make the best decisions for our river scheme projects, capital works, maintenance programmes and flood repairs.

More information on membership and the role of the advisory group can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Member Name  Area Representing   
Robbie Petersen  Urban (v)  
Vacancy  Urban (v)  
Dave Wilson  Waioeka catchment (v)  
Tania Te Whenua  Waioeka catchment (v)  
Jessica Wiseman  Otara catchment (v)  
Dean Petersen  Otara catchment (v)  
Councillor Ken Young  Opotiki District Council elected representative (nv)  
Ari Erickson  Opotiki District Council staff technical representative (nv)  
  v = voting representative   nv = non-voting representative  


Advisory group meetings are held twice a year, usually in March and September, and are chaired by elected Bay of Plenty Regional Councillors. The Waioeka-Otara Rivers Scheme meetings are chaired by Councillor Norm Brunning with Councillor Bill Clark as deputy chair.

Date Agenda Meeting Notes
 26 September 2018  Agenda - 26 September 2018   (30KB, pdf)  
 22 February 2018  Agenda - 22 February 2018   (28KB, pdf)  Draft meeting notes - 22 February 2018   (1.3MB, pdf)
 17 November 2017  Agenda - 17 November 2017   (47KB, pdf)   Meeting notes - 17 November 2017   (182KB, pdf) 


Scheme maps

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