Whangaehu Flood Resilience Uplift Project

The Whangaehu valley has experienced four major flood events since 2004. On each occasion dwellings, community buildings, businesses and farms have been inundated, resulting in considerable damage, economic loss, social disruption and displacement of local people for many weeks. The villages of Whangaehu and Kauangaroa are particularly susceptible to flooding from the Whangaehu River, but no enduring solutions to avoid or mitigate the effects of flooding have been found. It is clear that these flood events will continue and, within a climate change context, we could expect large flood events on a more frequent basis.

A Rangitikei District Council-led project is currently underway to look at the issues and impacts associated with flooding in the lower Whangaehu valley (Okirae south), and to identify options and actions for managing those impacts. This is a collaborative project involving local, regional and central government agencies and Massey University. This project is focused on affected communities and working together to improve community resilience to flood events.

Whangaehu Flood Resilience Uplift Project Information Sheet PDF 681KB

A community Advisory Group has been established to assist and guide the project. The Group members are:

Katarina Hina

Nga Wairiki Ki Uta (Kauangaroa)

James Allen

Chair, Kauangaroa Marae Committee

Alan Turia

Ngati Apa (Whangaehu)

Tim Matthews

Federated Farmers/Rural Support Trust (Whanganui/Rangitikei)

Rachel Cvitanovich

Whangaehu community

John Wilkie

Whangaehu Farmer

Local, Regional and Central Government Representatives

Andy Watson

Mayor, Rangitikei DC

Dean McManaway

Deputy Mayor, Rangitikei DC

Soraya Peke-Mason

Councillor, Rangitikei DC

Bruce Gordon

Chair, Horizons Regional Council

Gloria Campbell

Ministry of Social Development

Project Support

Ross McNeil

Chief Executive, RDC

Bruce Glavovic

Massey University

Ramon Strong

GM River Management, Horizons

Ian Lowe

Manager, Emergency Management Office, Horizons

Johan Cullis

Team Leader, Regulatory Services, RDC

Tim Crowe

Emergency Management Officer, Whanganui DC

Paul Chaffe

Emergency Management Officer, RDC

Ian Wilson

Regional Emergency Management Advisor, MCDEM

There will be meetings arranged during the course of the project, and details of these will be notified once they are confirmed. Regular progress updates, including meeting notifications, will be available here. Email notifications will also be available – send your details to FloodProject@Rangitikei.govt.nz to get on the email list.

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