River management schemes

The Council oversees the operation of River Management Schemes for the Kaeo, Kaihu and Awanui Rivers. 

Management of these schemes is undertaken in accordance with a River Management Plan in consultation with Liaison Committees. 

The aim of the schemes is to reduce river flood risk.  The schemes typically involve the maintenance of scheme assets, such as stopbanks and floodgates, and the removal of accumulated sediments or vegetation from river channels. 

These works are generally funded via income from targeted rates.


The Kaeo Stop Bank.The Kaeo Stop Bank under construction in April 2009.


River Management Plans

What is a River Management Plan?

A River Management Plan (RMP) is a plan for sustainable management of a river system with the goal of reducing the risks associated with flooding. The Plan is non-statutory, which means that it contains no regulations such as the rules you will find in district or regional planning documents.

How is the RMP put together?

River management includes flood hazard identification, options to reduce flood hazards, catchment sustainability and emergency management. Affected communities will be consulted before implementing river management plans. 


Find our River Management Plans

Liaison Committees

The Northland Regional Council has established four River Management Liaison Committees comprised of representatives nominated by the community and appointed by Council.  These committees are:


  • Awanui River Liaison Committee
  • Kaihu River Liaison Committee
  • Kaeo River-Whangaroa Catchment Liaison Committee
  • Urban Whangarei Rivers Liaison Committee

Their role is to advise and assist the Council in the development and implementation of works to reduce the risk of flooding and erosion.

Reports and minutes from these committees are available in the now former Environmental Management Committee agendas.

View the archived Environmental Management Committee agendas