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Patea River

The Patea River originates on Mt Taranaki and flows east of the mountain through Stratford. It then gradually heads south and passes through Lake Rotorangi and the Patea hydroelectric power scheme before entering the sea at Patea. The Patea River holds special value for Ngāti Ruanui and Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Iwi. 

Ecological health in the catchment is stable. Water quality is expected to improve in coming years as new riparian fencing and planting in the catchment becomes established. 

Including Egmont National Park, the Patea catchment has a total of 5,323 km of stream bank. Many of the headwaters of tributaries within the Patea catchment are in the Eastern Hill country where much of the streambank is protected by natural vegetation. The exact length of stream bank protected by riparian vegetation in this area has not been calculated and is not included in the current figures provided below for the extent of riparian vegetation. Therefore, the current figures do not represent the total amount of riparian vegetation in the Patea catchment.

15% of the stream banks have riparian vegetation that is either covered by a Taranaki Regional Council riparian management plan (14%) or within the National Park (1%). 27% of stream banks are protected by riparian fencing outside of Egmont National Park and another 1% is protected within the Park. There are stretches of stream bank that are both fenced and planted.

31% of the stream banks outside of Egmont National Park are covered by riparian plans (June 2017). 

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Monitored sites in the Patea River catchment

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