Blessing completes the Kaitāia Water Project

Published on 20 June 2022


The significance of the Kaitāia Water Project was marked this morning (Monday 20 June) with a blessing of the second bore and infrastructure. A 14km pipeline will carry fresh water from Sweetwater, near Awanui, to the town of Kaitāia once the pipeline becomes operational in the next few months. 

The blessing was conducted by Archdeacon Fran Hokianga and Reverend Rapiata Hokianga, and was attended by local iwi, councillors, landowners, contractors and council staff.

A ribbon cutting at one of the two bore sites, followed the blessing with specially engraved shears gifted to local iwi representatives. Ngāi Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu have been instrumental in helping the council to complete the Kaitāia Water Project.

The Sweetwater bores can now provide up to 5000 cubic metres of extra water a day, although the Awanui River will remain the primary water supply for Kaitāia. This will significantly boost water resilience for the town, which has experienced six droughts in nine years – most recently during the record-breaking drought of 2019 to 2020.

The new infrastructure will provide much-needed certainty about the water supply to Kaitāia households, businesses and industry and will likely see summer water restrictions become a thing of the past.

Stellar Projects managed the project on behalf of council. Lead contractor, Ventia, undertook the main construction work with local contractors, Far North Waters, North Drill and Far North Roading also involved in crucial stages of the project.

The Kaitāia Water Project is one of several water resilience projects carried out by the council across the district. It has successfully completed projects at its Rāwene-Ōmanaia, and Ōpononi-Ōmāpere supplies, and is progressing work on its Kaikohe supply. An ongoing leak detection programme is also improving the resilience of networks delivering water to homes and businesses to all council supplies.


Photo caption – Trudy Allen (Ngāti Kahu), Deputy Mayor Ann Court, Mayor John Carter and John Paitai (Te Rarawa), cut the ribbon to mark the official completion of the Kaitāia Water Project.