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The challenge

For generations the Rangitāiki River and its tributaries have sustained the people. It is an ancestral river of great importance to past, present and future generations.

Over the past century, the river has supported our economy through hydro-electricity generation, agriculture, fisheries, horticulture, forestry and tourism. People who have lived by the Rangitāiki for several decades have seen a decline in water quality and fear further decline.

Today, local people have expressed strong expectations for the water to be swimmable, abundant, suitable for ceremonies at places, and able to sustain safe drinking water and customary food sources in many places. Balancing multiple demands on the river continues to be a challenge.

The Rangitāiki is the ancestral river to several iwi and hapū. It has a strong cultural identity and heritage. This is evidenced by the number of Marae and waahi tapu on the banks of the river.

Involving our Community

A group of Rangitaiki community members have been established to help Council to:

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

The group will meet regularly over several 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 Rangitaiki community group meetings here>>

Find out more by having a chat to one of your community group representatives listed below, or contact Simon Stokes (Eastern Catchment Manager, 0800 884 880 extension 9378, ).

The Rangitaiki Freshwater Futures comunity group was established in November 2015. Members are:

  • Alamoti Te Pou
  • Alan Law
  • Atamira Nuku
  • Beverley Hughes
  • Bill Clark (Regional Councillor)
  • Bill Kerrison
  • Cathy Brown
  • Christina Bunny
  • Colin Maunder
  • Craig Rowe
  • Daryl Christie
  • Earl Rewi
  • Gareth Boyt
  • George Johnston
  • James Doherty
  • John Gibson
  • Kerry Snowdon
  • Kirsty Joynt
  • Larry Wetting
  • Linda Conning
  • Mark Ross
  • Matt Osborne
  • Matt Gow
  • Ngapera Rangiaho
  • Nick Doney
  • Robert Pouwhare
  • Steve Brightwell
  • Tom Lynch
  • Wetini Paul

Process and timeframes

The Rangitāiki 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 Marh 2018. Water allocation limits set through this interim plan change will then be replaced for Rangitāiki catchment as a result of the work outlined above. 

What else is happening?

In December 2014 the Rangitāiki River Forum approved Te Ara Whānui o Rangitāiki – Pathways of the Rangitāiki river document. As a result, the Regional Council is consulting on the subsequent change to the Regional Policy Statement.

Other projects in the Rangitaiki catchment include:

Rangitaiki Catchment

Rangitaiki Catchment pictorial information

Download the full PDF Factsheet below:

Your water, your say - Rangitaiki pdf, 480KB