Kaituna River

The Kaituna River is located in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the outflow from Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti, and flows northwards for 45 kilometres, emptying into the Bay of Plenty near Te Puke.

2014 | Kaituna River Re-diversion and Wetland Creation Project - key information

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The vision for the Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary 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".

The Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary Strategy sets out why people value this environment; their concerns and a vision for its future. The views of the community have formed the backbone of this Strategy. It outlines how the future of the Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary will be shaped.

  

20 June 2013 | Te Tumu Landowners response to Kaituna River Diversion consultation

Te Tumu Landowners Group

The Te Tumu Landowners Group (TTLG) feedback is centred on: (a) Taking into account the wider operating and natural environment and a wide range of potential consequential issues and risks; (b) Taking into account current and future activities and processes; and (c) Taking into consideration the land uses changes that will occur in the lower Kaituna River area over the next 50+ years, the impact of ‘the Project’ will have on these land use changes and the potential for ‘the Project’ to take into account these land use changes to provide wider long term benefits.
  

May/June 2013 | Presentation for phase 1 pre-consent consultation

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Project goal: To re-divert as much of the Kaituna River as possible through Ongatoro/Maketū Estuary, and in the process to create new wetlands, (by 2018) to maximise ecological and community benefits while ensuring the cost and environmental effects are also acceptable. This presentation cover the historical overview, project overview, presentation of options and discussion about Environmental Effects.
  

Environmental Publication 2013/05 | Scoping Report for Assessment of Environmental Effects

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

As a partner to the Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketū Estuary Strategy, Bay of Plenty Regional Council has set up a Project Team to implement the strategic and management options assigned to it through the Strategy. The goal of the Kaituna River Re-diversion and Wetland Creation Project is: To re-divert as much of the Kaituna River as possible through Ongatoro/Maketū Estuary, and in the process to create new wetlands, (by 2018) to maximise ecological and community benefits while ensuring the cost and environmental effects are also acceptable. This report presents two options to achieve this goal. Bay of Plenty Regional Council is currently seeking feedback from landowners, iwi, stakeholders and the wider community to help determine the scope and direction of further investigations. The options will be studied in detail to assess their environmental effects compared with the existing situation, and prepare applications for resource consents and other ermissions required to carry out the work.
  

Issue One: May-June 2013 | Kaituna River Re-diversion and Wetland Creation Project

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council intends to re-divert almost a quarter of the Kaituna River’s flow back into Ongatoro/Maketū Estuary. The extra water is predicted to improve the estuary’s health and will restore some of the mauri of the area by allowing salt marsh and other wetlands to return; create more suitable conditions for a range of shellfish and fish species; and may reduce the rate at which sand fills in the estuary.
  

 
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