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.
Click here to view the Moroa Race service area
Click here to view the Longwood service area

For flow rate information for the water races Click here

Please click here to download the Moroa Race Survey
Please click here to download the Longwood Race Survey

Survey is open until Monday, 15 March 
To return the survey people can:
• Drop it off to the council building
• Email their answers to Water-races@swdc.govt.nz 
• Post it back South Wairarapa District Council  19 Kitchener Street, Martinborough 5711
Community Engagement sessions – Longwood and Moroa water race review


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. 


  • 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)
  • Cr Rebecca Fox (Council representative)
  • Mayor Alex Beijen (Ex-officio).


Subcommittee meetings

Water Race Ratepayers' Newsletter


South Wairarapa District Council