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Managed Aquifer Recharge reports

Gisborne District Council reports on the managed aquifer recharge trial.

Resource consents

14 November 2016 - Granted notified resource consent  |  Read the media release 

August 2018 - Resource consent granted to change conditions of water take and discharge of water from the Waipaoa River to the Makauri Aquifer through an injection bore for a Managed Aquifer Recharge Trial. 
Variation decision and amended conditions [PDF, 2 MB]


Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) reports


August 2020 - MAR Stage 2 Injection Trial - Interim Monitoring Report [PDF, 5.2 MB] 

2018-2020 -  Gisborne MAR Stage 2 Injection Trial [PDF, 7.6 MB]

June 2017 - Regional Economic Impacts of MAR Scheme [PDF, 1.2 MB]

March 2016 - The AgriBusiness Group [PDF, 695 KB] 
Calculation of the cost of providing additional irrigation capability through damming in the Gisborne district.

December 2017 - Results 2017 Injection Trial [PDF, 12 MB] 

June 2017 - Poverty Bay MAR Initial Test Report [PDF, 4 MB] 

March 2016 - Kaiaponi Site and Source Water Option [PDF, 4.6 MB] 

March 2016 - Pilot Trial Options Analysis [PDF, 768 KB]  

Golder Report Hydrogeology [PDF, 2.6 MB]  

October 2015 Te Arai River - Assessment of Ecological Impact GDC Science Report 2/2015 [PDF, 921 KB]

May 2014 - MAR Feasibility Stage 1A - Conceptual Model [PDF, 4.2 MB]  

MAR Feasibility and Goldsim Groundwater Management Tool, Stage 1B Report [PDF, 4.6 MB]

MAR Feasibility and Goldsim Groundwater Management Tool, Stage 1B Appendices [PDF, 4.6 MB]  

Overview - MAR as a component for Freshwater management in the Poverty Bay Flats [PDF, 1002 KB]


Reports to council and committees

April 2016 Approve use of the Waipaoa River at Kaiaponi Farms as the source water and locations for the trial. We have permission to lodge the resource consent  Report 16/174

September 2018 Update Report 18/393
MAR water allocation Report 18/363

June 2018 - Appoint commissioner - Report 18/298

October 2017 - Pilot project Report 17/321  

August 2017 - MAR pilot project Report 17/321

July 2017 - Update and next steps Report 17/252

March 2017 - Potential Impacts on regional economy Report 17/093  

March 2016 - Report 16/079

December 2015 - Report 15/425

September 2015 - Report 15/293 

October - Appoint commissioner for water take - Appoint Hearing Panel 

August 2015 - MAR consent processing delegations [PDF, 197 KB]
To delegate Bay of Plenty Regional Council authority to process the MAR project resource consent applications.

May 2015 - Makauri Aquifer - MAR
MAR is being considered for the Makauri aquifer in order to recharge the aquifer and potentially use it also for winter storage, increasing water availability during the irrigation season on the Poverty Bay Flats.


Freshwater plan

Groundwater pressures in the Makauri aquifer, (which most of the groundwater is abstracted) are showing a general long-term decline. This trend is indicative of the pressure placed on water availability from the aquifer, especially during drought years.
The Regional Policy Statement water management section, to be replaced by the proposed Gisborne Regional Freshwater Plan requires Council to avoid any decline in aquifer water levels.