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Regional economic impacts of the Makauri Managed Aquifer recharge Scheme

Publication reference number:  CR 281

To prevent further deterioration of the Makauri aquifer, the largest aquifer underneath the Poverty Bay flats, Gisborne District Council (GDC) is currently investigating options for a Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) scheme.

The assessment in this report evaluates the economic effects of the Makauri MAR scheme. Changes in horticulture farm systems modelled by Lewis Wright Valuation and Consultancy Ltd, and costs of establishing the MAR scheme modelled by Prof. Graeme Doole (University of Waikato), constitute a direct input to the regional- and national-level economic modelling described in this report.