Water races

About water races

Council provides two stock water races, the Moroa Race near Greytown and the Longwood Race near Featherston, which intake water from the Waiohine and Tauherenikau rivers respecitvely, to provide stock drinking water to surrounding farmland.

The Moroa Race is 240kim long and services 8500ha of farmland. The Longwood Race is much shorter at 40km and services 1500ha of farmland.

For flow rate information for the water races Click here

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Important Notice for all water race users: Reduced flows in water races - 22 January 2020

Due to low flow conditions in the Tauherenikau and Waiohine Rivers and to ensure compliance with resource consent conditions, flows available to the water races have been reduced. The reduced flows may be noticeable at the extremities of each water race system and unless river flows increase this situation is expected to continue. The Longwood system is operating at the lowest take rate allowable and the Moroa system is at the third stepdown of four reductions in flow.

In addition, in the Greytown Urban area, land development work in the Kuratawhiti Street area has resulted in a temporary reduction of flow in sections of the water races passing through those urban parts of Greytown. This is expected to be resolved later this week.  Rural water race ratepayers with stock watering needs who have any concerns are encouraged to contact the Council by emailing or calling us on 06 306 9611.

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Water Race Subcommittee

At the start of the 2019-22 trienium, the Mayor re-established the Water Race Subcommittee. The Terms of Reference of the Subcommittee includes reviewing the Council’s service delivery for water races, and seeking to understand which ratepayers would like to continue to participate and what is an equitable rating methodology. 

Members

  • Colin Olds (Chair)
  • Justine Thorpe (Moroa Water Race rep)
  • Paul Harvey (Moroa Water Race rep)
  • Frank van Steensel (Moroa Water Race rep)
  • Jim Hedley (Longwood Water Race rep)
  • Dennis Hodder (Longwood Water Race rep - Pending)
  • Cr Rebecca Fox (Council representative)
  • Mayor Alex Beijen (Ex-officio).

By-laws

Subcommittee meetings

Water Race Ratepayers' Newsletter

 

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