Current Consultation

We consult with our communities and the general public on a wide range of topics. Some consultation is completed informally, and some follows a formal process due to legislation requirements. This page holds information about plans or policies we are formally consulting the Region's communities on.

Whanganui Flood Protection

Horizons Regional Council is trying to gauge what appetite there is (if any) within the community to pay for measures to reduce river-related flood risk following the June 2015 flood event. Conversations with the Whanganui public will help inform decisions around if funding provision is to be made as part of the process of updating Council’s Long-term Plan in 2018. 

There will be two public meetings held, and two Saturday's spent at the River Traders Market where you can speak to our staff and have your say;

  • Wednesday 22 February, 7pm - Whanganui War Memorial Centre
  • Saturday 25 February, 8.30am - River Traders Market
  • Monday 27 February, 7pm - Whanganui Girls' College
  • Saturday 4 March, 8.30am - River Traders Market

There are no preconceptions within Horizons about how Whanganui could work toward becoming more resilient to natural hazards. To have an valuable conversation, we would like to engage the community and ensure they have a good understanding of the flood risk components – the chance of a large flood occurring and the effects that has on the community. A word of caution: it would not be wise to assume that what has gone before will continue into the future. 

The detailed information downloads below cover:
  1. The concept of risk and particular complexities of flood risk
  2. A summary of the investigation and a post-2015 flood analysis 
  3. What the Lower Whanganui Scheme is, what is does and how it's funded
  4. Options for reducing flood risk

Why now?

As part of the consultation on the draft 2012-22 Long Term Plan (LTP) Horizons proposed to spend $10M to reduce river-related flood hazard for Whanganui which received over 1,500 submissions on that topic - overwhelmingly in opposition. As a consequence only the Balgownie component of the works proceeded.

Horizons believes we have a responsibility to the Whanganui community to initiate another conversation around flood protection given the size and scale of the June 2015 flood event, and the variance in protection standards that presently exists. We also believe the June 2015 event is sufficiently distant in time for most to have ‘recovered’ but for it not to have faded from memory. 

Details on how and where to have your say about flood protection for Whanganui can be found at the bottom of this page.

Further detailed information downloads

Flood Risks
2015 Flood and Evaluation
Lower Whanganui Scheme Currently
Raising Stopbanks
Additional Protection
Alternative Options

Where to next

We would like to stress that there are no preconceptions of the solution to the current flood risk situation. Feedback obtained from the consultation will be collated and reported to Council including recommendation around next steps (if any). 

There is a proposed provision of $20,000 in the 2017-18 Annual Plan to allow for any further work that might be required in order to consult on an option or range of options through the LTP process. Consultation of the LTP will begin in March/April 2018. 

Please note, this year's Annual Plan will contain provision to increase the number of rainfall gauges in the lower catchment, and englarging the Matarawa Scheme to include maintenance of the Matarawa Stream through Whanganui. This work is proposed to be funded separately through the Matarawa Scheme and feedback on that can be received through the formal draft Annual Plan consultation process from 13 March.

Have your say

To have your say on this issue please attend one of the community meetings or market days, or contact us via email or mail between 22 February and 5 March 2017.

Mail: Attention: Whanganui Flood Protection
PO Box 11025, Manawatu Mail Centre, Palmerston North 4442