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Written by Northland Regional Council   
Thursday, 30 July 2009

Development on floodplains – particularly housing – has emerged as one of several key public concerns expressed during a recent round of meetings in flood-prone Northland communities.

The Northland Regional Council (NRC) has identified 27 catchments around Northland, most in the Far North District, as priorities for flood risk planning.  It recently invited people living in those catchments to meet to update existing knowledge about - and help find possible solutions to – flooding issues.

Bruce Howse, the Council’s Land/Rivers Senior Programme Manager, says more than 350 people attended a round of 12 meetings as part the Council’s ‘Priority Rivers Flood Risk Reduction Project’.

...people were interested in initiatives that would help stop erosion-prone soils from washing into rivers, streams and harbours and contributing to silting and other problems.

“The Kawakawa, Helena Bay, Panguru and Whangaroa meetings were the best-attended.”

Mr Howse says there were several common themes raised by the public at the meetings: concerns over infilling of floodplains (particularly for housing) and a desire to tighten rules to prevent building in flood-prone areas; issues of catchment management and soil conservation; and a desire for an environmentally aware approach to flood-risk reduction.

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