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Bay of Plenty region

Groundwater Zone: Tarawera

This Water Management Area (WMA) begins at the outlet of Lake Tarawera and the water supports extensive economic activity based on dairy and wood processing.  The Tasman pulp and paper processing site, and a range of other industrial operations, are in the middle of the catchment at Kawerau. The regional plan for the Tarawera River Catchment covers most of the WMA and contains policies and rules to manage the allocation of water and the quality of wastewater discharges. 

The area has a mix of land uses including dairy farms, orchards and extensive exotic forestry. There are historical land contamination issues related to the wood processing industry at Kawerau.

The Tarawera River is over-allocated but groundwater is available in the upper Tarawera catchment.

The Rangitāiki and Tarawera rivers have a shared Flood Plan Management Strategy. Ngāti Awa and Tūwharetoa have statutory acknowledgement over the Tarawera River. Ngāti Rangitihi may seek co-governance or co-management of the River through their Treaty negotiations. The area includes part of the Manawahe hill country that drains to the Tarawera River.

There is a mix of land use, including 83 dairy farms and 47 orchards. 

Water Use
Groundwater in this zone

Regional councils collect information about how much water is available and manage resource consents for those wishing to take water from groundwater supplies. Use the buttons below to view regional information on: how much water is available, where it comes from and how its used.

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  • Groundwater in this zone
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    Groundwater in this zone

    Accurately estimating the total amount of water available in a groundwater management zone is not currently possible. Regional Councils are working with the Ministry for the Environment on the best way to calculate this figure. We will include these figures on LAWA when they become available. In the meantime, for more information about a particular groundwater management zone, contact your regional council.

  • Water consents: How much water is consented and used?

    Groundwater available to consent

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    Consented water in this groundwater zone

    Use the tables below to look at how much water is available compared with how much is actually consented within this water management zone. Click the plus to expand subzones where available

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    Total consented and measured {{item.data.totalMeasured.amount}} {{item.data.totalMeasured.amount}} {{item.data.totalAvailableUnits}} {{item.data.totalMeasured.percentText}}
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    The table above shows the amount of water that is available for use compared to the amount that has been consented. The ‘Total Consented’ and ‘Total Consented and Measured’ fields are based on percentages of the ‘Total available to Consent’ field. If this field is not populated no data will be displayed. Some consents require actual use to be monitored and this is presented as 'Total measured volume Used' where available.

    Bay of Plenty Regional Council is currently compiling and moving consent data into a new database. Once this process is completed, detailed consent information missing from the table above will be made available.

     At present we can only provide the following regional summary information:

    The total number of water take consents in the Bay of Plenty is 1294 (as at February 2013), with 929 (72 percent) being groundwater and 365 (28percent) being surface water.

    Horticulture is the predominant activity (61percent of consents), followed by potable/commercial use (28percent) and agriculture (11percent).

    Of the current consents, 582 (45percent) were granted before the enactment of the RMA in 1991 and therefore have a 35-year term (expiry in 2026). New consent terms are granted a 10-year term with monitoring and review conditions.

    Summary consent information suggests a number of surface and groundwater sources are allocated above the current defined allocable flows. However it is important to balance the information on allocation with actual measurements of the resource, to determine whether surface water flows or groundwater levels are being adversely affected. Initial analysis and observation of surface and groundwater suggests the current levels of allocation are not having a widespread negative impact on water resources, but further monitoring and science to improve understanding is under way.

  • Water consents: How is consented water used?

    Consents by use in this groundwater zone

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    Consented water in this zone

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    Activity Percentage of total consented Total volume Number of consents
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    The above table shows the proportion of water consented for irrigation, industrial, stock, town supply and other. It excludes hydro electricity. In this region/management zone {{hydroUsage.totalVolume}} m3/year is consented for hydro-electricity and makes up {{hydroUsage.percentageConsented}}% of the total water volume consented for this region/management zone

    Bay of Plenty Regional Council is currently compiling and moving consent data into a new database. Once this process is completed, detailed consent information missing from the table above will be made available. The expected date for delivery of the detailed consent information is the fourth quarter of 2015.

     At present we can only provide the following regional summary information:

    The total number of water take consents in the Bay of Plenty is 1294 (as at February 2013), with 929 (72 percent) being groundwater and 365 (28percent) being surface water.

    Horticulture is the predominant activity (61percent of consents), followed by potable/commercial use (28percent) and agriculture (11percent).

    Of the current consents, 582 (45percent) were granted before the enactment of the RMA in 1991 and therefore have a 35-year term (expiry in 2026). New consent terms are granted a 10-year term with monitoring and review conditions.

    Summary consent information suggests a number of surface and groundwater sources are allocated above the current defined allocable flows. However it is important to balance the information on allocation with actual measurements of the resource, to determine whether surface water flows or groundwater levels are being adversely affected. Initial analysis and observation of surface and groundwater suggests the current levels of allocation are not having a widespread negative impact on water resources, but further monitoring and science to improve understanding is under way.

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