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Record: Protecting the Heretaunga Plains Exhibition: Comprehensive Scheme, 1928-1940

 

PROTECTING THE HERETAUNGA PLAINS:

Comprehensive Scheme, 1928-1940

In 1928 an investigating committee set out four options for works on the Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri Rivers. They were a mix of proposals for diversions and/or overflow channels. A scheme was eventually selected and Government approval was given in the Hawke’s Bay Rivers Amendment Act, 1930.

The 1931 earthquake lifted the land and impacted the rivers, making the flood protection work urgent. The effect on the Tutaekuri River was so pronounced that the whole district united in seeking authority to carry out suitable diversion work. Government approval was given in the Hawke’s Bay Rivers Amendment Act 1932-1933.

A loan was taken out for the work authorised by the 1930 and 1932-33 Acts and Government subsidies were provided. The work was completed on the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro Rivers by 1940. The cost of the work came to £360,000 (roughly $33.5 million today).

   

 

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

Reference: HBRC 00055 : 2

 

 

   

     

 

The report and plan for the options investigated in 1928. Scheme C was the one eventually adopted.

Reference: HBRC 00055 : 9

 
 

 

 

 

 

Payment vouchers for the scheme. These record the names of some of the people who worked on the scheme.

Reference: HBRC 00043 : 1 (not presently available online)

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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