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Waipā catchment plan

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Report: TR 2014/33

Author: Waikato Regional Council.

Developed in collaboration with the Waipā Zone Liaison Subcommittee and representatives of Waikato- Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated, Maniapoto Maori Trust Board, Raukawa Charitable Trust, Ngati Mahanga and Ngati Koroki Kahukura.

About this report

The Waipā Catchment Plan (WCP) is intended to guide Waikato Regional Council, Waipā river iwi, communities and other stakeholders in the implementation of integrated catchment management activities within the Waipā River catchment.

The plan includes: 

  • The 20-year goals for the catchment.
  • Strategies to achieve the goals.
  • Implementation actions for the strategies, focusing on priority catchments for action.
  • The funding strategy for implementation activities.

The WCP contributes to the implementation of Te Ture Whaimana o te Awa o Waikato (The Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River) and Waikato Regional Council’s (WRC’s) Strategic Directions and the objectives, policies and methods of the WRC’s key statutory documents including the Proposed Regional Policy Statement (RPS) and the Waikato Regional Plan (WRP).

The WCP will complement any future changes to the WRP including Healthy Rivers Plan Change 1.

The WCP provides a roadmap for the protection and restoration of the health and well-being of the Waipā River and in turn the Waikato River below Ngaruawahia. This will be achieved by WRC working with iwi authorities, including Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (Maniapoto), Waikato-Raupatu River Trust and Raukawa Charitable Trust and other key stakeholders, such as the Waikato River Authority, territorial authorities, Department of Conservation, DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Federated Farmers, forestry sector, landowners and the wider community.

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Waipā catchment plan (8mb)


  Executive summary
1 Introduction
1.1 Purpose
1.2 Catchment description
2 Background
2.1 Legislative and planning framework
2.2 Co-governance and co-management
2.3 Strategic direction for the regional council
2.4 Visions for Waipā catchment
3 Key matters for the catchment
3.1 Erosion / sedimentation
3.2 Land use change / intensification
3.3 Declining water quality
3.4 Loss of indigenous biodiversity
3.5 Flood management
3.6 Waipā people and communities
4 Implementation plan
4.1 20-year goals
4.2 Strategies and implementation actions
  Glossary of terms
  Map 1: Priority 1 and 2 soil conservation sub-catchments
  Map 2: High priority rivers / streams for river management works
  Map 3: Waipā catchment high priority waterways for riparian enhancement
  Map 4: Mangapu River priority reaches for riparian enhancement
  Map 5a: Waipā catchment priority lakes and wetlands
  Map 5b: Waipā catchment under-represented ecosystems
  Map 6: Priority nutrient areas for nutrient load reduction
  Map 7: Flood map 1% AEP on Waipā River
  Appendix 1: Prioritisation process for soil conservation, water qulaity, biodiversity and riparian management
  Appendix 2: Priority biodiversity sites
  Appendix 3: Waipā catchment community engagement plan
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