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4.2.18 Maintaining Access for Maintenance of Artificial Watercourses and Beds of Rivers in Drainage Districts and River Control Scheme Areas

4.2.18.1 Discretionary Activity Rule – Maintaining Access for Maintenance Purposes

Any of the following activities within 10 metres of an artificial watercourse, modified watercourse or river bed, that is managed by the Waikato Regional Council or a territorial authority, (except in the Hauraki District Council and Aka Aka Otua Drainage areas where a 15 metre distance shall apply,) within drainage districts and those parts of the rivers or streams that are the full responsibility of Waikato Regional Council or territorial authorities for maintainance purposes, as listed in Table 4-1.

  1. The planting of trees, shrubs, and the construction of any structure, or
  2. The placement of fences perpendicular to a watercourse without a gate, or
  3. The placement of fences greater than 1,200 millimetres high parallel to watercourses (except in the Hauraki District Council area where a 750 millimetre fence height shall apply) , or
  4. The placement of fences parallel to watercourses that prevents access for maintenance, or
  5. The placement and maintenance of an artificial watercourse without a culvert perpendicular to a watercourse;

are discretionary activities (requiring resource consent).

Exclusion to Rule 4.2.18.1:

This rule shall not apply where the activities are undertaken by Waikato Regional Council or territorial authorities within drainage districts or river control scheme area managed by those authorities.

Advisory Notes:

  • Waikato Regional Council staff are able to provide information on the location and boundaries of drainage districts and river control scheme areas within the Region.
  • Information requirements to enable the assessment of any application under this Rule are set out Section 8.1.3.2. In addition, assessment shall also take into account the matters identified in Policy 2 of Section 4.2.3.
  • Within any drainage districts or river control scheme areas Waikato Regional Council staff will provide assistance with the siting of any fence to allow access to the watercourse for maintenance purposes.

 

Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Method 4.2.18.1
Rule 4.2.18.1 provides for maintenance access alongside artificial watercourses, modified watercourses and rivers beds that are managed by Waikato Regional Council and territorial authorities in drainage districts and river control scheme areas. Access is required for the purpose of maintaining flood and erosion control assets and drainage areas. A distance of 10 metres is an adequate distance to move machinery required for maintenance works. Access is maintained by ensuring that activities such as the planting of trees, building of fences and construction of any structures and the maintenance or placement of artificial watercourses do not occur within 10 metres of these water bodies and artificial watercourses. A 15 metre distance is appropriate for the Hauraki District Council and Aka Aka Otua Drainage areas because of the size of the watercourses in the district and the large machinery that is required to maintain them. This distance is also consistent with that provided for in the Hauraki District Plan.

Table 4-1 Rivers or streams that are the full responsibility of Waikato Regional Council or territorial authorities for mantainance purposes

Thames and Waihou - - - -
River Tributary Secondary tributary Third Order Tributary Reach/length
Tararu - - - Mouth to Victoria Street ford
Moanatairi - - - Mouth to SH 25 inlet structure
Waiotahi - - - Mouth to SH 25 inlet structure
Karaka - - - Mouth to top debri trap on Karaka Creek Road
Hape - - - Mouth to Rolleston Street
Herewaka - - - Kauaeranga River to Parawai Road
Waikeke - - - Kauaeranga River to Parawai Road
Kauaeranga - - - Firth Thames to Watters Property
Waihou - - - L/B Mouth to Mangaiti excl. 2km length downstream Tirohia Bridge, R/B mouth to Mangaiti excl. 0.7km to 2.1km downstream of Tirohia Bridge
Waihou Waipapa - - Mouth to SH 25
Waihou Te Kupata - - Mouth to SH 25
Waihou Kirikiri - - Mouth to SH 25
Waihou Waipaturawa - - Mouth to detention dam on Pinnells property
Waihou Warahoe - - Mouth to SH 26
Waihou Matatoki - - Mouth to Quarry road bridge
Waihou Matangiharara - - Puriri Stream to SH 26
Waihou Puriri - - Mouth to Canoe Stream
Waihou Kotorepupuai Stream - - Puriri Stream to Top bridge up Neaseville Road (approx 3km length)
Waihou Omahu - - Right Bank Mouth to Rail Corridor, Left Bank Mouth to Onetai Stream
Waihou Onetai - - Left Bank, Mouth to high ground (214 metres upstream of Rail Corridor)
Waihou Hikutaia - - Right Bank Mouth (to 1.32km up Old Maratoto Road from SH 26), Left Bank Mouth to SH 26
Waihou Komata - - Right Bank Mouth to 800 m Upstream of Rail Corridor, Left Bank 1240 m Upstream of Rail
Waihou Ohinemuri - - Right Bank Mouth to Old Paeroa Hospital, L/B Mouth to Rail Corridor upstream TeMoananui Flats
Waihou - Kuaoti - Only from upstream of Paeroa Golf Course to Rotokohu Road
Waihou Waitoki - - Rawhiti road – 2.0km upstream
Waihou Patuwhao - - Mouth-S.H.26, Rawhiti road – 1.75km upstream
Waihou Mangaiti - - Rawhiti road-2.0km upstream
Waihou Omahu
Warahau
- - S.H.26- 500m upstream
Waihou Tunakohoia - - Mouth – top of Hamilton street.
Waihou Moonlight - - Mouth-300m upstream
Waihou Tutumangao - - Mouth-water treatment plant
Waihou Hahaenga - - Mouth-500m upstream TeAroha/Gordon Road
Waihou Wairongamai - - Mouth-top of Wairongamai loop road.
Waihou Pohimihi - - Mouth-Mill road
Waihou Wairakau - - Mouth-1.0km upstream Wairakau road
Waihou Waipupu - - Mouth-Forestry bdy.
Waihou Waihine - - Mouth-1.0km upstream Wairakau road
Waihou McLaren - - TeAroha/Gordon road-Forestry bdy.
Waihou Waiharakiekie - - Mouth-Forestry bdy.
Waihou Bay - - Mouth-1.0km upstream Wairakau road
Waihou Maungapukatea - - Mouth-1.5km upstream TeAroha/Gordon road
Waihou Parengorengo - - Mouth-1.2km upstream Old TeAroha road
Waihou Puketutu - - Mouth-1.0km upstream Old TeAroha road
Waihou Mangapiko - - Mouth-Top end of Douglas road.
Waihou Omahine - - Mouth-Omahine road bridge
Waihou Kakahu - - Mouth-3.0km upstream of Kakahu road
Waihou Waimakariri - - S.H.5-Top end of Waimakariri road.

 

Piako - - - -
River Tributary Secondary tributary Third Order Tributary Reach/length
Piako - - - Mouth-Westroad bridge(S.H.27) Tahuna.
Piako Awaiti - - Mouth to West Road – Piako River to T Head (total length)
Piako Elstow - - Mouth to West Road – Piako River to T Head
Piako Ngarua - - Mouth to West Road – Piako River to Kaihere Road
Piako Waikaka - - Mouth to West Road – SH 27
Piako Carters - - Mouth to Pouriri Stream to SH 27
Piako Hart Road - - Mouth to S.H.27
Piako Ohinekaua - - Mouth to S.H.27
Piako Pouriri - - Mouth to S.H.27
Piako Waitoa - - Mouth-Paeroa/Tahuna road
Maukoro Canal - - - Mouth to Torehape Road

 

Lower Waikato - - - -
River Tributary Secondary Tributary Third Order Tributary Reach/length
Waikato River Holmes Canal - - Entire Length
Waikato River Onepoto     Lower 1.6km
Waikato River Onewhero     Confluence to Port Waikato Road
Waikato River Whakapipi     Lower 2.3km
Waikato River Kairoa     Confluence to Geraghty Road
Waikato River Ohairoa     Confluence to Tuakau Te Uku Road
Waikato River Mangatawhiri     Confluence to Lyons Road
Waikato River Mangatawhiri Contour   Confluence to SH 2
Waikato River Mangatawhiri Pouraureroa - Confluence to Pendergrast Road
Waikato River Punga - - Confluence to Churchill Road
Waikato River Opuatia - - Confluence to SH 22
Waikato River Whagapae - - Confluence to Lake Whangapae
Waikato River Whagapae Rotongaro - Confluence to Lake Rotongaro
Waikato River Whagapae Awaroa - Lake Whangapae to SH 22
Waikato River Te Onetea - - Confluence to Lake Waikare
Waikato River Waahi - - Confluence to Lake Waahi
Waikato River Whangamarino - - Confluence to Falls Road
Waikato River Whangamarino Maramarua - Confluence to SH 2
Waikato River Whangamarino Northern outlet - Confluence to Lake Waikare
Waikato River Whangamarino Kapukapu - Confluence to Wairenga Road
Waikato River Mangawara - - Entire length
Waikato River Mangawara Tenfoot - Confluence to Tenfoot Road
Waikato River Mangawara Tauhei - Entire length
Waikato River Mangawara Tauhei Tauhei Mangatea Entire length
Waikato River Mangawara Sludge - Confluence to Tahuna Road
Waikato River Mangawara North Mangatea - Confluence to Mangatea Road
Waikato River Mangawara Paranui - Entire Length
Waikato River Mangawara Paranui Waiti Confluence to Waiti Road
Waikato River Mangawara Orakei - Confluence to Orakei dam

 

Taupo - - - -
River Tributary Secondary tributary Third Order Tributary Reach/length
Tongariro - - - Middle River 1 (Puketarata Confluence to Hydro Pool)
Tongariro - - - Middle River 2 (Hydro Pool to State Highway 1 Bridge)
Tongariro - - - Lower River (State Highway 1 Bridge to de Latours Pool)
Tongariro Taupo - - - Quarry closure bank to mouth at Lake Taupo (from Te Kono Gauge to Mouth) Total Length Approximately 7000m (7km)

 

Coromandel - - - -
River Tributary Seondary tributary Third Order Tributary Reach/length
TePuru - - - McCarthy’s corner to Mouth
Waiomu - - - Ford on Waiomu Valley Rd to mouth
Pohue - - - Reach of 200 m u/s Pohue Cr Rd Bridge
Tapu - - - 1 km reach from mouth
Whangarahi - - - Elizabeth Park Retirement Village to Harbour
Karaka - - - Kaponga Rd bridge to confluence
Weiti [Wade] - - - 50 m upstream of SH25 bridge to mouth
Cook - - - Rees Ave culvert to mouth
Wigmore - - - Pa Road bridge to mouth
Grahams - - - SH25 to harbour
Waikiekie - - - SH25 to harbour
TeWeiti - - - 50 m upstream of SH25 bridge to mouth
TeWeiti Unnamed Tributary - - Reach through residential area
Wentworth - - - Golf course to harbour

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