Business North July / August 2021

| 75 INFRASTRUCTURE Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust To find out more about Tonkin + Taylor, go to T+T Specialist services for water projects Environmental • Freshwater ecology assessments, surveys and monitoring • Fish passage and screen design, assessment and monitoring • Fluvial geomorphology assessments of rivers and streams • Habitat assessment and restoration plans • Stream and river erosion assessments, mitigation plans and design • Water quality and quantity assessments Engineering • Water storage conceptual design and feasibility assessment • Water storage detailed design and building consents • Dam safety assessments and monitoring • Dam safety management systems including instrumentation • Emergency response planning T+T is delighted to be part of the team working with the Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust designing and delivering water storage solutions to the communities of the Far North. We understand the value of water to sustain people, the environment, and the economy, and we enjoy the challenge of developing solutions that will capture some of the excess water available in winter months, to make it available for communities and the environment in the dry summer months. Well-designed water storage infrastructure will add significant value and greatly improve the resilience of the communities it serves. The stored water will provide security of supply to ensure households don’t run out of water in a drought and will enable water intensive industry and horticulture that will create employment opportunities. The Matawii dam, and others being developed by Te Tai Tokerau Trust will provide significant benefit for many future generations. The environmental enhancement being undertaken will also result in improved biodiversity values in and around the reservoir. The areas identified as being the most suitable for development are near Kaikohe in the Mid North, tight,and on the Northern Pouto Peninsula, south of Dargaville, in the Kaipara.