Making it happen

Wakamoekau is being progressed as a collaboration between WWL, GWRC and the three Wairarapa Councils. The Councils and WWL have separate but complementary work programs that are being coordinated to provide the answers necessary to confirm whether or not the Wakamoekau site can be part of an integrated solution to building resilience into the Ruamāhanga River basin water resource and achieving reliable freshwater supply for the Wairarapa.

The 2019 WCWSS Pre-Feasibility Review Report completed by Lewis Tucker for WWL using PGF funding, assessed the Wakamoekau project as being viable overall. In January 2020 the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) announced $7 million of funding to progress the work required to complete feasibility studies, lodge a resource consent application and prepare for construction start targeted in 2023.

Community Engagement

Because the Wakamoekau has been put forward as an option to benefit the Wairarapa, working with the region’s communities and stakeholders is critical. Wairarapa Water continues to:

  • work in active partnership with Iwi.
  • work cohesively with the Water Resilience Committee to inform a comprehensive strategy.
  • integrate our programme of work with that of Councils.
  • adhere to the agreed Government Water Principles.

Funding

The project is being funded by a combination of central and local government grants and loans as well as co-funding support from farmers and industrial users. This is in response to widespread and growing concern among businesses, landowners and the community in the Wairarapa about increasing scarcity of water.

In January 2020 the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) announced $7 million of funding to progress the work required to complete feasibility studies, lodge a resource consent application and prepare for construction start targeted in 2023.


Water Principles