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Waikari Catchment

The Waikari catchment is in hill country and the coastal area near Tūtira north of Napier. This includes the Waikari and Aropaoanui rivers, Sandy Creek and Waipatiki Lagoon on the coast.

The Waikari catchment is in predominately farmland with some forestry and bush cover.  The land is steep in places and susceptible to soil erosion in storms.  The largest rainfall event recorded in the catchment was Cyclone Bola in March 1988 and an estimated 1,349,000m3 of sediment entered the lakes (Tūtira, Waikapiro) and rivers.

Papakiri Stream (Sandy Creek) was found to be a major source of sediment and nutrient inputs into Tūtira Lake and was diverted away from flowing into the lake in 1984-85 and then fenced off from stock.


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Monitored sites in the Waikari Catchment catchment

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