Following the June 2014 floods in the district, the Council approved capital works projects to improve the capacity of the drainage networks in rural areas of the district, particularly around Mandeville. Budget was also approved for the Rangiora Urban and Kaiapoi Urban drainage schemes. 

The total amount budgeted for repairs and drainage upgrades was approximately $21 million, of which $7 million of work has been completed. 

We have included a new operating allowance of $150,000 per year to the flood response budget. This rate would be charged to all the district’s properties, averaging $6 per property per year and will be used to deal with areas that are not currently in a drainage rated area that contribute to downstream issues in a flood event.