Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Ceremony to start Kaituna re-diversion works

A public ceremony including karakia (prayers) and speeches to mark the start of construction works for the Kaituna River Re-diversion and Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū Estuary Enhancement Project will be held at 8.00am on Tuesday 12 June.

“This is a chance to celebrate the start of work the community has called for since 1979, and wish the contractors, cultural monitors and other contributors well for their mahi (work) ahead. J Swap Contractors Limited will start staff briefings and site set-up work straight after the ceremony,” said Kaituna Catchments Project Manager Pim de Monchy.

The ceremony will be held on the southeast stop bank beside the Ford Road culverts into the upper Maketū estuary. Car parking is available across the road from the ceremony location at the boat ramp car park off Ford Road.

Regional Council began feasibility assessments for the project in 2013. Eighteen different methods and options were considered before proceeding with detailed design, consultation, land acquisition, and consent application processes to prepare for the construction works that start this month.

The project is due for completion by 30 June 2020. It will return an average of 600,000 cubic metres of fresh water from the Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi Maketū Estuary on every tidal cycle.

Prior to 1956, the Kaituna River naturally flowed into Maketū Estuary some or all of the time. Mr de Monchy said the original diversion was done to protect the low-lying farmland from flooding and improve drainage.

“But the result has been a loss of estuary health that’s not acceptable to iwi and the wider community. So we’ve found a way to help restore estuary health while maintaining existing levels of flood protection and boat access through Te Tumu Cut,” he said.

The $13.5m construction project includes creation of a new channel to carry fresh water from the river into a new inlet structure at Ford’s Cut. Existing stop banks will be shifted and upgraded. Ford’s channel will be widened and the Ford Road boat ramp will be upgraded.

Some road and boat ramp closures will temporarily disrupt boating and fishing access to Ford Road and Te Tumu Cut from 1 August:

Ford Road end (from the pump station near Ford's Cut bridge to Te Tumu Cut) will be closed from 1 August to 20 December. Traffic restrictions will remain in place until 30 June 2020.
Ford Road boat ramp and the stop banks on both sides of Ford Rd will be closed to the public from 1 August 2018 until 30 June 2020. Alternative boat launching access is available at the Bell Road boat ramp.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>


Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>


Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>


Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>


Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>


Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>





InfoPages News Channels