What are you proposing to do to manage the flood risk to Masterton?
We are proposing a staged approach for the urban reach of the Waipoua River. At the end of each stage an
assessment will be made of whether to proceed to the next stage and what the scope of that stage will be. The
staged approach will first focus on today’s risk and then address the future risk of flooding that includes allowing
for predicted climate change. The first stage includes gathering some more data, considering detailed alignments
for potential stopbank improvements and raising community awareness and preparedness. Following that we
will address the areas at immediate risk of a 1% AEP flood (Oxford Street), then the Akura Road area. There will
then also be a stage in 10-20 years’ time to further review and understand the future flood risk and then a plan to
manage that future risk.
This staged approach will feed into the Te Kāuru Floodplain Management Plan.
Why are you doing a staged approach?
To allow better information to be gathered and more detailed options to be considered. We want to ensure we engage
with the community during the selection of the best option, to ensure a sustainable and affordable outcome.
Future increases in flow and level caused by predicted climate change have been estimated. By using a staged
approach, we can ensure that we have more long-term trends included in our data records. We are proposing to
include an allowance in the early stages of the approach for raising stopbanks in the future as necessary.
How much is it likely to cost?
What are the timeframes?
Why do we need to do this?
What’s wrong with the current stopbanks?
Did you consider other options such as storage dams?
Why don’t you have enough flood data to know what’s going to happen?
What can the community do to help?
Who is most likely to be affected by a flood?
What does it mean for insurance?
What does it mean for building consents and LIMs?
I am the owner of a house in an area that looks to be directly impacted, what does it mean for me?