|Main source||Ruahine Range|
|River mouth||Waipawa River|
|Length||23 km (14 mi)|
The Makaroro River is a river of the southern Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows southeast from the slopes of the Ruahine Range, meeting the waters of the Waipawa River 12 kilometres (7 mi) west of Tikokino.
Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme
(also called Tukituki Catchment Proposal)
The upper river is the proposed site for a dam to create a 93 million m³ storage reservoir. The project was proposed by the Hawks Bay Regional Council to ensure water sustainability for the region around the dam site. The Council created the Hawks Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd in 2013 to manage the project. Due to the nature of the Regional Councils relationship the resource consent was handled by the Environmental Protection Authority, and the Department of Conservation due to some of the land on the proposed site being part of the Ruahini Forest Park.
After the initial approval in 2014, two appeals lodged by Hawke’s Bay and Eastern Fish and Game Councils and the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand and cross appeal lodged by the Environmental Defence Society were examined by the High Court to reconsider the conditions of consent . On 12 December 2014 Justice Collins ordered the Board to reconsider their decision on an appropriate mechanism for managing the amount of Nitrogen that enters the Catchment Area and giving parties a fair opportunity to comment. The final decision was released 25 June 2015 which included some amendments to the previous consent conditions. Forest and Bird appealed the decision to allow for the transfer of 170ha of farmland for 22ha of protected conservation land in Ruahine Forest Park which would be flooded for the dam to the Appeal Court.  The Court ruled on 31st August 2016 that the Director-General of Conservation was not entitled to revoke the special conservation status of a small portion in exchange for the parkland. This decision was further appealed by the Hawks Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd and the Minister of Conservation to the Supreme Court on the 27 and 28th February 2017.  The court ruled on 6 July 2017 dismissing the appeal and upholding the decision that the conservation status could not be revoked under the scheme.
"Ruataniwha Dam opposed by Forest & Bird". Forest & Bird. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme". Hawks Bay Regional Council. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd (HBRIC)". Hawks Bay Regional Council. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Tukituki Catchment Proposal". Environmental Protection Authority. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "2015 Final Decision". Environmental Protection Authority. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- "Court of Appeal CA118/2016  NZCA 411" (PDF). New Zealand Court of Appeal. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Supreme Court SC 106/201 and 107/201  NZSC 106". New Zealand Supreme Court. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
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