About Ngunguru catchment

The Ngunguru catchment is situated 20km north east of Whangarei City and covers an area of 85 kmĀ². The catchment consists of a range of land uses and activities including production forestry (21%), indigenous forest (36%), pastoral land (29%), lifestyle properties and the urban coastal settlement of Ngunguru.

Residents have long held concerns over erosion and sedimentation within the Ngunguru catchment. The combination of steep hill country, highly erodible soils, and periodic high intensity rainfall events lead to accelerated soil erosion and downstream flooding. These events contribute sediment to the Ngunguru River and its tributaries into the estuary and out to the coast.

Map showing the Ngunguru catchment area.

Ngunguru Catchment Working group

The Ngunguru catchment group is made up of representatives from tangata whenua, farming and forestry sectors and environmental and community interests. It also includes representatives from the Tutukaka Residents and Ratepayers Association and Whangarei District Council. The Northland Regional Council representative is Councillor Paul Dimery. The group will work collaboratively to identify targeted actions for the prevention and mitigation of soil erosion and sedimentation.

Read the Ngunguru Catchment working group terms of reference (PDF, 52KB)

Talk to your local representative

Part of the catchment group member's role is to liaise with their local community or sector groups to support two-way feedback on management of the Ngunguru catchment.

You can get in touch with your local representative via the group's regional council contact person:

Wayne Teal, Land Management Advisor
Freephone - 0800 002 004
Email - [email protected]


Outcomes from the Ngunguru Catchment Working Group's regular meetings and workshops will be reported to council.