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About the Waipaoa River flood protection scheme.

The Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme (the scheme) was designed in 1949 and was completed in 1969. It was valued by Council in 2009 at $35.7 million which excluded the 638 hectares of land owned by Council as part of the scheme. 

The scheme is considered to be one of Council’s most valuable assets. It protects some 10,000 hectares of fertile floodplain land and has increased the amount of land being used for high yield horticultural purposes.

The scheme includes 64km of stop bank and associated assets which is the length of the Waipaoa River between the Te Karaka township and the river mouth.

About the project

The project is designed to improve capacity of the existing flood control scheme and: 

♦ increase the top width of the existing stop banks to 4m and raise the height by up to one metre in some places
♦ maintain flood protection for a one-in-100-year flood event (or a 1% chance of that sized storm occurring in any one year)
♦ account for the effects of climate change out to 2090
♦ provide allowance for potentially constructing a cycleway along the stopbank
♦ address river bank erosion

For more information and to see the project timeline The Waipaoa Flood Protection Scheme [PDF, 555 KB]

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