Te Kāuru Upper Ruamāhanga Floodplain Management Plan - Phase One

Your feedback is important to us — we want to know if Te Kāuru is heading in the right direction.

Check out our summary document for all you need to know about Te Kauru.

Want to find out what proposals are near your property? Have a nosy at our Te Kāuru Volume 2 Interactive GIS map.

Have your say on Te Kāuru by Sunday 16 September 2018.

The upper Ruamāhanga catchment has a total area of 1560km². The catchment is made up of the Ruamāhanga River upstream of the confluence with the Waiohine and its tributaries the Waipoua and Waingawa rivers (which flow from the eastern side of Tararua Range), and the Kopuaranga, Whangaehu and Taueru rivers (which have their sources in the eastern Wairarapa hills). The catchment has a history of flooding, causing damage to private property and community assets.

Processes for managing flooding and erosion – through our river schemes – have been in place for some time. Our draft plan takes a long-term view of the whole catchment. We have been working with representatives from the community to develop a long-term approach to managing the flood and erosion issues. This work has resulted in the development of the draft Te Kāuru Upper Ruamāhanga Floodplain Management Plan (Te Kāuru).

Community feedback – Stage 1

We are currently seeking feedback on Te Kāuru for all areas except the Waipoua Masterton urban area. Feedback for the Waipoua Masterton urban area will be requested at a later date. Your feedback is important because we want to find out if the Te Kāuru is heading in the right direction.

A shift in approach is being proposed in Te Kāuru, which will give the rivers more space to flow naturally and carry out their natural processes within the channel and defined buffers.

If this shift in approach is adopted, it will mean people who own land along the river will have a level of protection and certainty from river erosion outside of the buffers. However, there may be erosion to their land within the buffers from time to time.

This shift reflects what your community representatives have told us is important to you. It also takes into account values that are important to the entire catchment, not just those factors that are flood related.

This is a long term project that will be implemented over decades.

Te Kāuru seeks to recognise a wide range of the community’s values in how we manage the rivers. Therefore, we are proposing that the local share of costs be spread across the wider community rather than falling mainly on adjacent landowners.

Download a copy of the different volumes

We’ve have separated the plan intothree volumes to make it easier to read.

Volume 1: Background and overview

Volume 2: Location specific values, issues and responses

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: Ruamāhanga River

Section 3: Waipoua River

Section 4: Waingawa River

Section 5: Eastern Rivers


*Volume 3: Values, issues and responses for the Waipoua Masterton urban area.

Keen to talk to someone about Te Kāuru?

You can email the project team at TeKauru@gw.govt.nz or phone them on 0800 496 734

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