Post Kaituna River re-diversion enhancement project

The Kaituna River re-diversion is one of the most significant projects within the catchment.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council completed work to recreate 20 hectares of estuarine wetland and return up to 20 percent of the freshwater flows from the Kaituna River into Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketu Estuary in February 2020.

Further work can now be progressed to continue to bring life back to Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketu Estuary. Through this project, a work programme will be developed with tangata whenua, environmental care groups and the Maketu community to identify and prioritise restoration tasks. This may include continued wetland and/or estuarine margin planting as well as saltmarsh and seagrass restoration.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is leading this project which supports our aim of creating a network of healthy and diverse Kaituna habitats and ecosystems. A broad range of tangata whenua, community groups and other agencies will also be involved.

Planned deliverables include:

  • Development of a restoration work programme by 30 June 2022
  • Implementation of restoration work programme from 2023-2028.

Related links: Bay of Plenty Regional Council Kaituna River re-diversion and Te Awa o Ngātoroirangi / Maketu Estuary enhancement project web page