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Kaituna Maketu and Pongakawa Waitahanui

Your water, your say

The challenge

Demand for freshwater for drinking supply, domestic and commercial use is predicted to double in the western Bay between 2005 and 2055 but the amount of water in our rivers, streams and groundwater aquifers is limited.

The cleanliness (quality) of water in our local rivers and streams is being affected by sediment, bacteria, nutrients and chemicals that run-off the land and into our waterways.

Regional Council is investing more than $15m over 10 years from 2015-2025 to help care for land, water and wildlife in this catchment but there’s more work to do.

If we don’t take better care of our freshwater now, we could all lose the wide-ranging benefits we rely on from this precious resource.

Community involvement

Two groups of community representatives (one for Kaituna/ Maketū and one for Pongakawa/Waitahanui) have been established to help:

  1. Identify local community values for freshwater
  2. Set local limits for water quality and quantity for the Regional Water and Land Plan
  3. Develop solutions for managing water in your catchment, so that we can meet quality and quantity limits.

The groups will meet regularly over the next two years to share knowledge and perspectives about fresh water in their catchment. Their feedback will inform a proposed plan change which will then follow normal plan change processes including public consultation from 2019.

Presentations and discussion documents from the community group meetings are available online. Register for updates from the Kaituna Maketu or Pongakawa/Waitahanui community group meetings from our projects page>> 

To find out more, contact Pim de Monchy (Manager Kaituna Catchments), phone 0800 884 880 extension 8518, or have a chat to one of your community group representatives, listed below:

Kaituna/Maketū community group members Pongakawa/Waitahanui community group members
  • Barry Roderick
  • Brian Thomas
  • Cor Verwey
  • Doug Hallberg
  • Hendrik Metz
  • Hohepa Maxwell
  • Ian Schultz
  • Jessica Dean
  • Jeff Fletcher
  • John Fenwick
  • Jon Fields
  • Julian Fitter
  • Manu Wihapi
  • Marc Fauvel
  • Maria Horne
  • Maria By de ley
  • Mary Dillon
  • Morgyn Bramley
  • Murray Linton
  • Nick Webb
  • Peter Ellery
  • Richard Fowler
  • Vivienne Robinson
  • Warren Webber
  • Paula Thompson (Regional Councillor) 
  • Andre Hickson
  • Bernie Hermann
  • Bev Nairn
  • Colin McCarthy
  • Darryl Jensen
  • Dennis Walker
  • Geoff Rice
  • Grant Rowe
  • Guy Campbell
  • John Meikle
  • John Garwood
  • JC Cameron
  • Julian Fitter
  • Kevin Marsh
  • Melv Anderson
  • Mike Maassen
  • Paul van den Berg
  • Roku Mihinui
  • Te Awhi Anderson Manahi
  • Wilma Foster
  • Jane Nees (Regional Councillor)

How does this work fit with the Kaituna River Document?

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is a co-governance forum established under the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. The forum is a joint committee of local iwi; Regional, Rotorua Lakes, Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District Councils. A key role of Te Maru o Kaituna is to write a document that sets out how the mauri (life force) of the Kaituna River will be restored, protected and enhanced. The document is likely to replace the 2009 Kaituna River and Ōngātoro/Maketū Estuary Strategy. It will be developed at the same time as the community group helps to set limits for freshwater. Te Maru o Kaituna will provide guidance to Council on setting freshwater limits and it is expected that the forum will also work closely with the Kaituna/Maketū community group. 

Process and timeframes

The Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchment is one of the first catchments we’re working on and we hope to consult on new plan provisions for the catchment from 2018.

As an interim measure, a region-wide water quantity plan change (Plan Change 9) was consulted on during 2015 and 2016, submissions hearings are scheduled for March 2018. Water allocation limits set through this interim plan change will then be replaced for the Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchments as a result of the work outlined above. 

About the Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui Catchment

Kaituna Catchment Map
Kaituna Catchment Use Kaituna key facts
Kaituna Catchment Waterways

 Download the full PDF Factsheet below:

Your Water, Your Say - Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui Catchment pdf, 1.2MB


Thriving together

Limit setting and Regional Water and Land Plan changes are just part of the work we’re leading to create a fresher future in the Kaituna/Maketū and Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchments.

The 2009 Kaituna River and Ōngātoro/Maketū Estuary Strategy identified community aspirations and mapped a pathway for collaboration to ensure that the mauri (life force) of the river and estuary is sustained so that water is clean and plentiful enough to:

  • swim in enjoy for recreation and water supply
  • support thriving wildlife populations and wetland restoration
  • enable tangata whenua to gather kaimoana for their manuhiri and themselves

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is investing more than $15m over 10 years from 2015-2025 to help care for land, water and wildlife in the catchment.

Together with tangata whenua, business, landowners, community groups and the wider community we can make sure the catchment remains a great place to live, work and play.

Here’s how:

Kaituna Thriving Together image

Download a higher resolution PDF version of the above image

Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa Waitahanui - Thriving Together  pdf, 770KB