River training costs 2000-2024 were over $54,000

Screenshot: River training costs.

It can be instructive to check the Horowhenua District Council LGOIMA Responses page from time to time. LGOIMA stands for Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

Back in November 2023 a requester asked numerous questions about vehicle access to Waikawa Beach, including several about resource consents. Some responses (PDF, Reference Number: 2023/1018) didn’t really bring any new information, but one question and answer were interesting:

“How much has been spent on “river training” to date including the cost of applying for a resource consent to do “river training”?”

Records indicate that $54,628.20 has been spent by HDC on various aspects of physical work related to the management of Waikawa Stream since 2000.

One follow-up question that could have been asked was whether any contributions from other sources were made towards river training costs. It’s possible, for example, that Horizons Regional Council also contributed funding.

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