Water Race Review

Council provides two stock water races, the Moroa Race near Greytown and the Longwood Race near Featherston, which intake water from the Waiohine and Tauherenikau rivers respectively, to provide stock drinking water to surrounding farmland.

The Moroa Race is 240kim long and services 8500ha of farmland. The Longwood Race is much shorter at 40km and services 1500ha of farmland.

Click here to view the Moroa Race service area
Click here to view the Longwood service area
Click here to view the flow rate information for the water races

Water Race Review – Community engagement

The water race user survey, to help us better understand how water races are used and plan for the future, closed on 15 March 2021. The response rate was high and the findings and next steps in the Water Race Review will be shared with the community in due course.

Water Race Subcommittee

At the start of the 2019-22 triennium, the Mayor re-established the Water Race Subcommittee. The Terms of Reference of the Subcommittee includes reviewing the Council’s service delivery for water races, and seeking to understand which ratepayers would like to continue to participate and what is an equitable rating methodology.


Colin Olds (Chair)
Justine Thorpe (Moroa Water Race rep)
Paul Harvey (Moroa Water Race rep)
Frank van Steensel (Moroa Water Race rep)
Dennis Hodder (Longwood Water Race rep)
Cr Rebecca Fox (Council representative)
Mayor Alex Beijen (Ex-officio).

Subcommittee meetings

Water Race Ratepayers’ Newsletter

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