ORC Land and Water Regional Plan - Roxburgh FMU


Roxburgh Rohe

We’re developing a new Land and Water Plan (LWRP) in partnership with Kāi Tahu. This plan will include rules and limits on water and land use. To reflect Otago’s different environments, we’ve divided the region into Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) or Rohe, which means "area" in Te Reo.

See the Roxburgh Rohe area in the map below.

From late 2021 to early 2022, we asked Otago communities what they value about their local waterways in community meetings and surveys. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we held some of the consultation online.

View the Roxburgh Rohe online presentation here.


Consultation 1 report

View the summary report of the Roxburgh Rohe feedback received during the first consultation stage.


Roxburgh Rohe online meeting and video recording

The Roxburgh Rohe was the focus of an online community meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 2 March 2022 (the meeting was held online due to Covid-19 restrictions).

If you couldn't join us for the online meeting or would like to view the meeting again, you can view the video recording below.



Next steps

There will be follow-up community consultation in the period July to August 2022 to discuss environmental outcomes and management options for achieving these, and at the end of the year, when ORC and Kāi Tahu will present and discuss a preferred approach to water and land management with you.

Check back here for consultation details nearer the time.

The preferred approach will then be drafted into the FMU and Rohe chapters of the proposed Land and Water Regional Plan. Once this is notified, you can make a submission saying what they like or how it can be improved. 

Find out more about the Land and Water Regional Plan here.


About the area

Map showing the boundaries of the Roxburgh Rohe

Map showing the boundaries of the Roxburgh Rohe

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The Roxburgh Rohe extends from Clyde Dam to Lake Onslow, encompassing the Clyde and Alexandra urban settlements. Fraser River (The Earnscleugh) and Teviot River both run through the Rohe, feeding into the Clutha/Mata-Au. Lake Roxburgh is situated roughly in the middle of the Rohe, and Fraser Dam is located in the north.

The Clutha Mata-au River is important in Kāi Tahu traditions and history and there is an ongoing relationship of mana whenua with wāhi tupuna and mahika kai values. There are galaxiids in the area, along with wetlands and landscapes with high natural character.   


Science summary

The Roxburgh Rohe has generally very good water quality, and the Clutha Mata-Au between Clyde and Roxburgh has excellent water quality. The tributaries generally have excellent water quality in their upper reaches with only minor degradation as they flow through more intensive landscapes.

Lake Onslow has excellent water quality with low nutrient concentrations. This flows into the Teviot River which also has excellent water quality.

Economic summary

The area has many hydro-dams and power stations, including Roxburgh Dam, Clyde Dam and Fraser Dam. Main industries include farming, mining, orchards, tourism (cycling and walking trails, fishing, wine tours etc), and vineyards. There are high historic values in this area including historical buildings and remnants from gold mining.


How can you stay up-to-date?

We’ll be sharing project updates and information on this webpage and in our monthly newsletter On-Streamsign up here.

Contact ORC at customerservices@orc.govt.nz or 0800 474 082.

You can also contact your local ORC councillor here.

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