This would be sufficient to service up to approximately 3000ha of new horticultural land in the area. Shares have already been sold to two parties who wish to take up the opportunity the planned scheme will provide.
Members of the Trust at the Matawii reservoir site with Te Tai Tokerau MP Hon. Kelvin Davis and former minister Hon. Shane Jones.
Matawii Water Storage Reservoir
Matawii reservoir site. The reservoir wall will be built across the gully in the bottom of the picture and spread out through the centre of the image and to the right, following the gully.
Matawii is a 750,000m³ reservoir situated north-east of Kaikohe off SH12. It is the first project nationally to be granted consent under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track consenting) Act 2020 and is the first reservoir to be developed by the Trust as part of the larger Mid North scheme.
An access road to allow construction to begin on the site has been completed and a contract to build the reservoir has been awarded. It is hoped that Matawii will be operational by summer 2022/23.
Matawii will be able to provide water to the under-construction Ngawha Innovation and Enterprise Park and other surrounding horticultural ventures. It will also provide a backup supply to Kaikohe in times of water shortages.
A consent to access water from the Waiaruheiti stream, on the eastern edge of the Mid North scheme area, has been issued by Northland Regional Council.
This consent, which will take water from the stream in times of high flows, will be used to assist with filling the Otawere reservoir which is planned for development in the Waimate North area. As part of this consent the Trust will be doing considerable riparian planting along the course of a section of the stream.
Resource consent to build the four million m³ Otawere reservoir is currently being sought and is being evaluated under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track consenting) Act 2020.
Engineers are currently assessing the site to ascertain its suitability.
A section of the proposed Otawere reservoir
Members of the Trust and local stakeholders on a site tour at Otawere.