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Taranaki region

Surface Water Zone: Waitara

The Waitara catchment has an area of 1145.5 square kilometres. It has two points of origin, the eastern hill country and Taranaki Maunga. They merge east of Inglewood and enter the sea in Waitara.

There are currently seventeen water take consents in the Waitara catchment and they are for a large variety of purposes. Three are for community water supplies which are run by the local Councils and there is one for stock purposes. Seven relate to the oil and gas industry, with five being for hydrocarbon exploration and two for petrochemical processing. Three relate to irrigation with two for pasture and one for horticultural purposes. These three consents have requirements that the taking of water must cease when mean annual low flow is reached. The biggest user in the catchment is for Hydro Electric generation and there are three consents for this purpose. Water is diverted from the Manganui river in Tariki and is taken to Lake Ratapiko where it is used for power generation. It is then discharged into the Makara stream which flows into the Waitara River in Tarata. This means there is a significant section of the Manganui River that is subject to no flow variability for extended periods of time.

There are also four groundwater take consents, with three of these being for farm water supply purposes. The other is for Hydrocarbon Exploration purposes.

The Waitara Catchment is the parent catchmentof the Manganui River, the Maketawa Stream, and the Ngatoro Stream which are recognised in the Regional Freshwater Plan as having high natural values, with special rules applying to the Manganui River and Maketawa Stream. The Waitara catchment is a very popular and highly valued angling catchment and highly rated for its recreational, aesthetic and scenic values.


Water Use
Surface Water in this Zone

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


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  • How much surface water is there in this zone?

    Rainfall and flow in this surface water zone

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    Rainfall and runoff

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    The table above shows the average amount of rainfall the water management zone receives each year and how much of that flows out to sea. These are approximate figures only.

    Total allocated volume includes consented use only and no allowance has been made for 'permitted' use volumes.

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

    Surface water available to consent

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    Consented water in this surface water 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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    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.

    Due to the large number of streams and rivers in Taranaki, there has not been thorough investigations into all of the streams. The available water is ascertained as and when required for consenting requirements and investigations. However the Regional Freshwater Plan states that a minimum of two-thirds habitat at mean annual low flow is to be retained to protect the life-supporting capacity of the stream/river.

    The Council is currently reviewing the Regional Freshwater Plan and when this is implemented allocation limits will be included.

  • Water consents: How is consented water used?

    Consents by use in this surface water zone

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    Consented water

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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


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