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Flooding, Whakatāne

Flooding, Whakatāne

In 2004 the Whakatāne and Rangitāiki rivers in the Bay of Plenty flooded after heavy and prolonged rain, inundating 17,000 hectares of farmland. The Whakatāne River spilled into the central business district of Whakatāne. Because of the extent of farms and settlement on the Rangitāiki Plains, the floods were devastating in their effects.

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David Young, 'Rivers - The impact of European settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by David Young, published 24 Sep 2007