At a Glance
The Matahina dam creates Lake Matahina — a distinctive entrance to the Eastern Bay of Plenty, when travelling from Murupara.
Safety is vital. We decommissioned the scheme in 1987-1988 to allow for repairs following the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake (Richter scale 6.3). We decommissioned the scheme again in 1997-1998 for strengthening.
Environment and recreation
Matahina’s Resource Consents were successfully renewed in 2013. Our re-consenting project set out to maximise the efficiency of the power station and its water use. The scheme is now better placed to meet varying electricity demands, inflow volumes, and the physical constraints of the plant.
The Rangitaiki River contains trout and eel. There are plans to enhance fish passage, improving how the scheme interacts with the natural environment.