Motueka Water Management Area

This page contains 2015 State of the Environment Water Quality Report information for the Motueka Water Management Area.


This area includes the whole of the Motueka catchment, along with the Moutere River and other tributaries of the Moutere Inlet, Riwaka and all waterways of Abel Tasman coast. There is a diverse range of geology with the ultramafic Red Hills in the headwaters of the Motueka River, the very erodible Separation Point Granite dominating Motueka River tributaries in the western part of the catchment and Motuere Gravel/Clay gentle hill-slopes of the Moutere, Waiwhero, Orinoco, and Dove areas.  

As of 2015, a ‘Freshwater Management Unit’ (FMU) under the ‘National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management’ has not yet been formally set up for this area. Like the Takaka and Waimea FMU’s that have been operating from 2014, there will be a collaborative governance group from the community tasked with making recommendations for limits on water quality and quantity.   

In the Motueka Water Management Area, there were 24 River Water Quality sites monitored between 2010 and 2014 (Figure 1). The reference sites were Hunters at Kikiwa, Motueka at Gorge, Riwaka at Northbranch source and Wangapeka at 5km u-s Dart.