The Waipaoa River Flood Control Scheme involves upgrading the existing Waipaoa stopbanks to cater for a 100-year rain event allowing for climate change effects out to 2090.
26 Oct 2018 - resource consent was approved to undertake the stopbank improvements. Resource consent was declined for the provision to allow for cycle trails to be constructed along the stopbanks.
February - April 2019: Construction on first section of eastern stopbank (approx between Ford and Ferry roads).
Summer 2019/20: Construction from Waipaoa river mouth working upstream along the eastern stopbank (5-8km per summer ongoing).
2031: Project completed and scheme fully operational.
Total project cost estimate - $32-35 million over 15 years