Matahina Hydro

Galatea Rd, Matahina
Matahina, Bay Of Plenty
The earth dam here is New Zealand's second largest. The power station produces 300 GWh a year from two 36 Mw(e) generators. As the Rangitaiki River has high water flow production tends to be 'run-of-river' rather than on the basis of stored water. The station was commissioned in 1967, but damage to the dam in the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake required subsequent strengthening.

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  • Lake Matahina
    Lake Matahina
  • Matahina Location
    Matahina Location
  • Matahina power house
    Matahina power house
  • The Matahina spillway
    The Matahina spillway
  • Matahina earth dam.
    Matahina earth dam.
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