Lower Kaituna Re-diversion 2018-2020


Kaituna River re-diversion opening celebrated

Tangata whenua, Maketū schoolchildren, and other locals gathered together today with contracting staff, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council representatives, to celebrate the return of freshwater flows from the Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi/Maketu Estuary.

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Community tour and Ford Road opening

Community tour and Ford Road opening. The Kaituna River re-diversion project is now more than 90 percent complete and a public walking tour of the construction site is being held at 5.30 pm on Thursday 12 December.

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The project reaches another milestone

Project reaches another milestone
The Kaituna River rediversion project marked a significant milestone on 26 June, with the opening of the first of 12 culverts to restore freshwater flows into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi / Maketu Estuary.

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River re-diversion ahead of schedule

The project aims to bring back 20 per cent of the Kaituna River and recreate 20 hectares of wetlands. In 1956, the river was diverted out to sea with benefits for land drainage. But over the last 60 years, the estuary has suffered as a result.

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River improvement targets exceeded

More than 136 kilometres of Bay of Plenty waterway margins have been protected from stock access in the past year through riparian management partnerships between private landowners and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

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Background information – Kaituna re-diversion

The Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary Strategy was developed with the community in 2009. The vision identified in the Strategy is: “to ensure that as a wider community our policies and plans, our activities and actions celebrate and honour Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary life as taonga – Whakanuia, whakamawawatia te mauri o te Kaituna me Ongatoro hei taonga.”

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New spots for Kaituna whitebaiters

While local fishermen have settled in to new spots for boat launching and surfcasting since the temporary closure of Ford Road took effect on 1 August, Regional Council staff are encouraging whitebaiter fishers to also look for new options with the opening of the whitebait fishing season this week.

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Ford Road fish take a break

Ford Road access to Te Tumu Cut and Maketū Spit will be closed from 1 August until 20 December, to enable construction work that will restore 600,000 cubic metres of freshwater flows into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū Estuary on every tidal cycle.

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Sod turned on $16m river project

More than 100 people, including representatives from six Te Arawa iwi gathered at Tukotahi Marae yesterday, beside the Kaituna River, to celebrate the start of construction works that will return freshwater flows from the river into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū Estuary.

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Kaituna Korero e-newsletter

Welcome to our first e-update on Regional Council’s work in the Kaituna, Pongakawa and Waitahanui catchments. In this issue: First sod turned on Kaituna River re-diversion, Closures during construction, Community update meeting – 1 August, Archaeology discovery – Otaiparia Pā, Kaituna River Document launched, Papahikahawai planting days, Landowner action for cleaner water, Watch out for waka, and Te Pourepo o Kaituna wetland progress.

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