Edgecumbe Stopbank Breach

Bay of Plenty Regional Council 

Scope of Works

When the Rangitaiki River stopbank breached on April 6th 2017 it caused extensive flooding to the town of Edgecumbe. Property and infrastructure was damaged, and many people lost their homes. The Edgecumbe College Road – Breach Site Stop Bank project was high priority for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) to make the town safe. Waiotahi had the skilled staff, the plant and equipment, and its own quarry for material supply.

This project involved the following works:

  • Stopbank construction earthworks
  • Ground improvement works
  • Road Construction
  • Installation of Drainage systems

Working beside a river with the constant threat of rain both rising the river level and affecting the fill material – this project required engineering skill, agility and clever planning. Waiotahi worked in collaboration with consulting engineers GHD and BOPRC to get the job done to the specified standards. Waiotahi’s engagement with the locals, and doing everything they could to lessen the disruption for already traumatised people, made the difference with this project.

This Project was a finalist in Category 1B of the 2018 CCNZ Construction Excellence Awards.

Quick Facts

  • Contract Value: $3,199,000.00
  • Location: College Road, Edgecumbe
  • Duration: 23 March 2018 to 16 January 2019
  • Completed on time and under budget