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Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

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The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is seeking advice from its investment company HBRIC Ltd on the merits, or otherwise of further investment in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

The decision follows the Surpeme Court devision on the Department of Conservation land swap, which is required for the Scheme to go ahead.

The scheme is a long-term sustainable water supply solution for Central Hawke’s Bay. It would consist of a 93 million m³ storage reservoir located in the upper Makaroro river, storing water during periods of high flow and over winter. Water from the scheme would then be released improving river flows in the Tukituki Catchment through summer for river life and other river users, while at the same time providing secure water to irrigators. The scheme was to be funded by both the public and private sector.  

Here as some useful infographics about the scheme:

The Journey So Far

The Decision Tree

A Stronger Region

Balanced Benefits

Tukituki Plan Change and the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

Important Links

Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme Review Report May 2017

Appendices to Ruataniwha Water Storage Review Scheme Report May 2017

Review Report May 2017 - Executive Summary and Key Conclusions

Final Decision - Board of Inquiry

Irrigation NZ

OHL Hawkins conceptual animation of the construction of the Ruataniwha Storage Scheme Dam

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