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Ōtaki River

The Ōtaki River catchment is located to the northwest of the Kāpiti Coast District, just above Paraparaumu. The river  is one of  the largest to emerge from the Tararua Range, and flows in a westerly direction before discharging to the sea at Ōtaki Beach.

The Ōtaki River supports a range of ecological, recreational and cultural values. A wide variety of native fish species are supported by the river, which is recognised as a regionally important trout fishery.  Recreational activities such as rafting, swimming and angling are carried out along the stretch of the Ōtaki River. The river also holds many important values for Māori, particularly relating to mauri, waahi tapu and mahinga kai. Historical pā sites are dotted throughout the river's shores. 

Greater Wellington Regional Council carries out environmental monitoring at two sites, and recreational monitoring at one site in the lower reaches of the Ōtaki River.

The Ōtaki River catchment rises amoung native forests in the Tararua Ranges, before passing through pastoral land and urban areas in its mid to lower reaches.

Pressures on water quality include farming in the lower catchment, as well as urban stormwater and road run-off. Despite this, the Ōtaki River has excellent water quality throughout, including at its mouth.

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Monitored sites in the Ōtaki River catchment

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Scientific Indicators
Scientific data for this catchment

This dashboard shows information on the data collected by the regional councils for water quality indicators, analysed as state and trend.

The state for the catchment is represented by the median concentration for the parameter across all sites within the catchment and then compares that value to the quartiles for all monitored sites in New Zealand.

Click on the parameters state icons to compare this catchment with others in the region.

  • State

    State shows how the median of samples from this site compares to other sites

  • Trend

    Trend shows how the quality of water is changing over time. Depending on the sampling history duration, five and ten year timescales are available:

Can I trust this data?

The Cawthron Institute has worked alongside regional councils to verify the processes and methods used for data collection, laboratory analysis of samples collected and the statistical analysis and interpretation of the results presented.

If all Cawthron ticks are green, then you can trust this data. However, if one or more ticks are orange, then conclusions should be treated with some caution.

For more details on each tick, see our 'Can I Trust This Data?' Factsheet.

Can I trust the data?
Data Collection

All samples were collected using approved field protocols and have been analysed in accredited laboratories. Therefore the data shown here has been collected and analysed following best practice.

State

All samples were collected using approved field protocols and have been analysed in accredited laboratories.

Trend - Adjustment for flow

This data is not flow adjusted. National guidelines suggest that flow-sensitive variables are flow 'adjusted' before trend analysis. Therefore, any trends shown here may be affected by variations in flow across sampling occasions.

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