June 11, 2018
Ceremony to mark restoration of Kaituna
A public ceremony is being held this morning to mark the start of works diverting part of the Kaituna River back into the Maketu estuary Te Awa o Ngatoroirangi.
Project manager Pim de Monchy from Bay of Plenty Regional council says the estuary has suffered since the river was diverted in 1956.
The $13 million project will restore estuary health while maintaining existing levels of flood protection and boat access.
Once it’s completed in two years it will return an average of 600,000 cubic metres of fresh water from the Kaituna River and the estuary on every tidal
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