In some areas, flood protection infrastructure helps reduce the risk to our communities from river flooding.
In areas most heavily impacted by flooding, we work closely with our communities through local river working groups to develop plans for reducing flood risk.
The groups include representation from our regional council, community members and tangata whenua, plus district councils and government agencies.
River flood protection infrastructure is grouped into ‘schemes’ that provide integrated management of river catchments. There are several flood protection schemes which are developed and managed by our council.
Hopua te Nihoteatea detention dam in action - Video
We also do maintenance works on other rivers, such as the Kaihū River.
Funding for infrastructure
In July 2018 we introduced a new regional Flood Infrastructure Rate, following public consultation on our Long Term Plan.
It will ease the burden for local ratepayers, who’ll only pay 30% towards the cost of the new upgrades, with the remaining 70% funded by ratepayers Northland-wide through the Flood Infrastructure Rate.
The 70/30 split means that schemes like Awanui become much more affordable at a local level for communities that must pay for flood infrastructure work, because we all chip in to help them.