As most people know, the regular deluges that the Kapiti Coast gets bring lots of not only wood, but also silt and shingle down the river. This in turn requires clearing in order to maintain the depth of the riverbed.

Comment from Glen McIntyre

This is the real Waikanae river. The Regional Council (and all those who oppose any action to mitigate further flooding risks) need to be taken to task over failure to manage this section of the river. This river was, not so long ago, clean, open, free flowing and a healthy safe place for all to enjoy. Today it is an eyesore, full of shingle and debris piled high at every turn and creating rapidly increasing risk of major flooding damage for all those who live in close proximity to the river.  An appalling display of professional incompetence.