Water Supply Milestone

'Clear support for macron'

 Mayor hails lands purchase for major dam behind Nikau Valley

Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan says a water-supply milestone has been reached with a land purchase for a dam on the Maungakotukutuku Stream behind Nikau Valley at Parapraumu.

She says the dam will future-proof the water supply for Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati residents.

“I am very pleased to announce that agreement in principle has been reached with Ikaham Holdings Ltd for 91.69 hectares of land,” says the Mayor.

“The agreement is still conditional on Council getting Department of Conservation agreement over changes to the covenant covering part of the block. However, discussions with DOC are going well.”

Three land owners

There are three land owners in the area. The biggest is Ikaham Holdings. The other two are Kaitawa Forest Ltd and Greater Wellington Regional Council. And Mayor Rowan says negotiations with the other two land owners are continuing.

Details, including the purchase price, will remain confidential until all land purchase negotiations are complete

Council last year said its preferred solution for providing dependable good quality water to Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati for the next 50 years was to recharge the Waikanae River in times of drought using groundwater from Waikanae bores.

Second part of strategy

The second was to buy land for a future storage dam in the Maungakotukutuku Valley.

The Mayor adds: “Council has agreed on the Ikaham Holdings land purchase price conditional on agreement being reached on the covenant (with DOC).

“This is a significant step forward which will eventually provide a dependable supply of water to residents in Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Raumati for the next 100 years.”

The long-term plan for the Maungakotukutuku Stream is for a 31 metre high dam which will create a 1.9 million cubic metre lake.

Congratulations Mayor Jenny and councillors for getting your logic right at last! Supply comes before distribution

How long has it taken you and past Councils to learn? Better late than never. When will be deal be done please?

Settlement date for this piece of land is end of July 2012 or earlier if the conservation covenant issues have been resolved.