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Record: Protecting the Heretaunga Plains Exhibition: Hawke's Bay Rivers Board, 1910-1928

 

PROTECTING THE HERETAUNGA PLAINS:

Hawke's Bay Rivers Board, 1910-1928

The Hawke’s Bay Rivers Board was, by an Act of Parliament, given control of a district which was considered sufficiently large and with powers wide enough to enable it to deal adequately with the flooding problem.

The new Board went straight to work and commissioned a group of Engineers to report upon the causes of floods within the district and the best means of preventing them. A scheme was recommended involving comprehensive protective works on the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro Rivers and minor works on the Tukituki River and was estimated to cost £85,485.

While some minor work did go ahead, no progress was made on implementing the scheme due to political infighting. A government commission reviewed the Board and a new act was passed in 1919, clearly setting out the powers and responsibilities of the Board. But real progress on a comprehensive scheme wouldn’t be made until the 1930s.

   

Engineers Report done for the Board, 1911.

Reference: HBRC 00055 : 13

 

 Proposed 1919 scheme report and plans.

Reference: HBRC 00055 : 11

   

         
 

 

 
 

A record of two of the major floods in the Heretaunga Plains during this time.

Reference: HBRC 00055 : 2

 



 
 

 

 

 

 

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