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We manage two major flood control schemes on the Heretaunga Plains and in the Upper Tukituki River. Ratepayers in these areas pay rates to fund the maintenance work.
This scheme covers the low lying river plains of the Tutaekuri, Ngaruroro and lower Tukituki Rivers. It provides flood control and drainage benefits for approximately 39,000 hectares of land and protection for approximately 127,000 people. Some land near the coast is at sea-level making drainage essential.
This scheme operates in sub-catchments: Napier/ Meeanee/ Puketapu, Brookfields/ Awatoto, Pakowhai, Muddy Creek, Haumoana, Karamu, Twyford, Tuataekuri-Waimati and Te Puninga.
This Scheme has evolved over 130 years from the efforts of Local River Boards in the late 1800's to control highly mobile and flooding rivers, through the Hawke's Bay River Board and then the Hawke's Bay Catchment Board. Hawke's Bay Regional Council has had the responsibility for the work since 1989.
Improvements in the Scheme have followed significant earthquakes (1931), floods and specific catchment and asset reviews.
We consult with landowners and the public on scheme reviews into policies, costs and levels of service.
The main issues now facing the Regional Council to manage this scheme and the rivers as an asset are -
Contact the Regional Council for a copy of the HPFCDS Asset Management Plan.
A rates equity review of this Scheme is currently underway (2016).
This scheme protects the river plains from frequent flooding of the Upper Tukituki River and its tributaries, the Waipawa, Makaretu, Mangaonuku and Tukipo Rivers.
The scheme protects approximately 24,750 hectares of productive farm land and around 5,000 people who live within the scheme boundaries including the urban centres of Waipawa and Waipukurau.
Although some flood protection was built in the 1950s, the Upper Tukituki scheme as we know it today was constructed during the late 1980s. Recent improvements in the scheme followed a 2008 review of asset performance.
We consult with landowners and the public on scheme reviews into policies, costs, and levels of service.
the Regional Council and the community have identified 5 key outcomes for the flood protection and drainage scheme:
Contact the Regional Council for a copy of the UTFCS Asset Management Plan
These two schemes look after river catchment maintenance to reduce the risk of flooding and help manage flooding in the Wairoa District and in the Central and Southern parts of the region.
The work includes flood forecasting and early warning, removal of unwanted vegetation from channels and banks, and the purchase of land adjacent to water ways where public ownership would be an advantage.
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