Story: Water resources

Across catchments

Across catchments

Taking water from one catchment and feeding it into another is commonplace overseas, but relatively rare in New Zealand. The Tongariro power scheme is one example. It diverts the headwaters of several rivers through tunnels and canals, so they flow through the Tokaanu power station and into Lake Taupō. From there, the water flows though a series of dams along the Waikato River. Protests against the scheme by the Ngāti Tūwharetoa tribe and fishers in the 1960s were largely ignored by successive governments, which were keen to increase electricity generation.

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Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, 'Water resources - The hydrological cycle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by Mike Scarsbrook and Charles Pearson, published 24 Nov 2008