Water Races

Last updated: 20 Dec, 2022 01:34pm

Carterton’s Water Races

Hours of Service

Strategy

Forms

Our Water Races

The Carterton District contains two water race systems that total some 306km in length.

The Taratahi and Carrington races have resource consents, which allow them to take water for the race (for stock watering purposes), and discharge contaminants to waterways at the end of the race branches. Although some rural land owners have expressed a negative view of having the races passing through their land, surveys of users have shown that the majority of land owners want them. The races were created decades ago to allow dry land to be farmed. For some users their existence is still vital and without them many farmers could not sustain their current or in some cases even economically viable farming practices.

In addition, the water races have developed their own individual ecosystems and are an established part of the environment.

The Wairarapa Maps viewer has further information on each water race.

The Taratahi race (270km long) takes 800 litres per second (l/s) from the Waingawa River when the river exceeds 3500 l/s at the gauging site, 480 l/s when the flow is between 1900-3500 l/s, 410 l/s when the flow is between 1700-1900l/s, and 337 l/s when the level at the gauging site is less than 1700 l/s.

The Carrington race (36km) takes 250l/s from the Mangatārere Stream when the flow exceeds 1200 l/s at the gauging site, 113 l/s when the flow is greater than 330l/s, and 65l/s when the low is less than 240 l/s.

Our Strategy

For those with alternative water sources or who do not farm their land intensively, costs for upkeep of the race systems can seem a burden. However, the fact remains that the best option for the community as a whole, is to keep the races, and the races cannot continue to function within their consented conditions unless all people whose land the race passes through understand and adopt this voluntary code of practice.  The intent from both Greater Wellington Regional Council and the councils is to look at a longer term strategy, common sense good practise guidelines.

Our Water Race Strategy is designed to minimise:

  • the wastage of water from the Taratahi and Carrington water races
  • the input of contaminants from various farming and land activities to these races
  • other adverse environmental impacts from the race systems and their associated
  • Maintain effective management of the water race and reduce constraints on their operation

Water Race Code Of Practice

Our Code Of Practice helps water race users adhere to standards and methods which will sustain its health and comply with the Water Race Bylaw, and our consent conditions with Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Water Race Forms

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Form: Application for irrigation water abstraction from a Water Race

This application form is to be submitted to the Council for the purpose of withdrawing water from a water race or carrying out any activity that requires the Council’s consent as set out in the Water Race Bylaw 1987.

December 13, 2022
Form: Application for stock water abstraction from a Water Race

An application form is to be submitted to Carterton District Council for the purpose of withdrawing water from a water race or carrying out any activity that requires the Council’s consent as set out in the Water Race Bylaw 1987.

December 13, 2022
Form: Application for alterations to the Water Race

This application form is to be submitted to Carterton District Council for the purpose of withdrawing water from a water race or carrying out any activity that requires the Council’s consent as set out in the Water Race Bylaw 1987.

December 13, 2022
Water Race Code Of Practice – Guidelines for Water Race Property Owners

This code of practice/strategy is designed to minimise the wastage of water from the Taratahi and Carrington water races; the input of contaminants from various farming and land activities to these races; other adverse environmental impacts from the race systems and their associated operation; maintain effective management of the water race and reduce constraints on their operation.

December 12, 2022