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HBRC Media Releases

Coastal hazards strategy benefits from community commitment

Members of the community involved in Hawke’s Bay’s coastal hazards strategy are leading decision-making to manage risks from beach erosion, inundation by overtopping and sea level rise, and tsunami.

29 March 2017

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Concerns raised about Urban Development Strategy

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has raised concerns about the effectiveness of a strategy developed to manage urban development on the Heretaunga Plains.

29 March 2017

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Prosecuted for burning prohibited items

HBRC successfully prosecuted a local contractor for burning prohibited items on his Whakatu property.

21 March 2017

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Waitangi Star Compass Greets the Dawn

Ātea a Rangi, the fifty metre wide star compass, was unveiled at a dawn ceremony on 20 March at Waitangi Regional Park.

20 March 2017

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Consulting on Gravel Plan

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is looking at new ways to manage gravel taken from the region’s rivers and wants to hear what the community thinks about the proposal.

17 March 2017

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Making sense of Ngaruroro River science

TANK members heard the latest science from hydrologists about flow stats for Ngaruroro River - it contained some surprises.

17 March 2017

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Pine Harvest Plans for Tūtira Regional Park

Plans for the upcoming pine forest harvest at the back of Tūtira Regional Park were approved at this week’s Environment and Services Committee meeting.

16 March 2017

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Interim Chief Executive Appointed at HBRC

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has appointed an interim Chief Executive to replace its existing Chief Executive who leaves at the end of this month.

15 March 2017

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Rabbit Control Relief for Farmers

If national approvals are given, HBRC proposes a coordinated release of the new rabbit calicivirus into Hawke’s Bay in May 2017.

15 March 2017

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'Paws at Pakowhai' Event for Dogs

The popular ‘dog park’ at Pākōwhai Regional Park near Hastings will be the focus for the 'Paws at Pākōwhai' event on Saturday 25 March.

9 March 2017

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New Funding Partner for Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay

Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay has secured a new funding partner for this financial year.
The Hastings District Council has agreed to provide $10,000 from its Waste Levy Fund to meet a shortfall in funding.

6 March 2017

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Oil Spill Exercise in Napier Harbour

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will have its annual marine oil spill exercise in Napier’s Inner Harbour on Tuesday, 7 March 2017.

3 March 2017

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Process underway to recruit new Chief Executive for HBRC

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has today taken the first steps towards appointing a new Chief Executive for the organisation.

1 March 2017

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Regional Planning Committee - Media Briefs

The Regional Planning Committee debated a potential Plan Change on Oil & Gas Exploration, and a moratorium on the release of GMOs.

1 March 2017

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Navigation Safety Bylaw Consultation

The Hawke’s Bay Navigation Safety Bylaw has been reviewed and is now open for public consultation until 17 March 2017.

28 February 2017

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New Buoys for Ocean Swimmers

New marker buoys are in place at Hardinge Road beach for the benefit of ocean swimmers, triathletes and waka racers.

23 February 2017

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HBRC Chief Executive Resigns

After 10 years as Chief Executive of HBRC, including three years as HBRIC Ltd Chief Executive, Andrew Newman has taken the decision to step down, effective 31 March 2017.

22 February 2017

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Only One Ban Left After Rain

After this weekend’s generous rain, only one irrigation ban is left on in Hawke's Bay.

20 February 2017

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Corporate & Strategic Briefing

A summary of two items discussed at today's HBRC Corporate & Strategic meeting.

15 February 2017

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Popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails continues to climb

The popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is continuing to climb, with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling, walking or running.

15 February 2017

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HBRC and Eastland Group agree Waihi Dam settlement

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Eastland Group have agreed to resolve the current prosecution regarding the Waihi Dam without a conviction being entered.

14 February 2017

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Take the bus to Art Deco celebrations

Those heading into Napier for Art Deco celebrations this weekend are being urged to take the hassle out of getting there by taking the bus.

13 February 2017

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Temporary Reprieve for Irrigators

A few irrigation bans were able to be lifted this week but, because little rain is forecast, they are likely to come back on quickly.

13 February 2017

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Major water bans need rain

FORTY water take bans are now in effect and the region desperately needs forecast rain.

7 February 2017

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Climate Briefing at HBRC

This is a summary of this month's climate briefing held at HBRC.

2 February 2017

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Dry Conditions Discussed

Rural representatives met at HBRC on Tues 2 Feb to get an overview of the dry conditions affecting the region.

2 February 2017

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Wetlands' Importance Recognised

With World Wetlands Day happening around the world on Thursday 2 February, the focus will be on ‘Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction’.

1 February 2017

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Algae Increase in Tukituki

Tukituki River users are warned that there is an increase in phormidium, blue-green algae in some reaches.

1 February 2017

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HB Coastal Hazards – outlook for change

Appointed members of two Coastal Hazard Assessment Panels met to launch the next phase of the region’s coastal hazards project.

1 February 2017

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Water take bans increase

More irrigation bans are back on, with a total of 37 now in force, and very little rain is predicted for Hawke’s Bay this week.

30 January 2017

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Illegal rubbish dumping and fires concern HBRC

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has raised concerns about reports of people dumping rubbish and setting fire to it in the Puketapu area.

27 January 2017

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Summary of Council Meeting, 25 January 2017

A summary of decisions on agenda items -
- Council Upgrade on Hold
- RWS Moratorium Extended
- Honorariums Approved for Councillors on HBRIC Board
- Costs for Havelock North Water Contamination Investigation

26 January 2017

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Water take ban situation improved

Thanks to some rainfall, some irrigation bans have been lifted - only 29 total and partial water bans are in force this week.

24 January 2017

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34 water bans as HB dries out

As the region continues to dry out, HBRC is currently managing 34 water bans on irrigation takes across the region.

16 January 2017

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Hawke's Bay cycle trails voted in Top 10

There’s no better time than the middle of a hot Hawke’s Bay summer to enjoy our beautiful cycle trails.

12 January 2017

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Inflatables Risky on the Water

Inflatable dinghys and pool chairs should never be used as boats, says Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Harbourmaster Martin Moore.

12 January 2017

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Hawke's Bay Dry

The monthly state of the environment report for December was released today, recording very low rainfall for the month.

12 January 2017

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Keep clear of algae mats in rivers

People should beware the risks to people and animals from toxic algae, warns HBRC and the HB District Health Board.

11 January 2017

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Safer Lifejackets Old4New This Weekend

Boaties can upgrade their lifejackets on Saturday 14 January thanks to Coastguard's Old4New scheme.

10 January 2017

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Tūtira Investigation Continues

The cause of the eel and fish deaths in Lake Tūtira are still being investigated by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council environmental scientists.

23 December 2016

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HBRIC Ltd appoints Interim Chairman

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Investment Company HBRIC Ltd has appointed Sam Robinson as its Interim Chairman.

23 December 2016

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Collaboration the key to a healthy aquatic environment

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council believes involving all stakeholders is the key to achieving a “healthy aquatic environment” in New Zealand.

23 December 2016

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Waitangi Regional Park's Longest Day

Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust is using the summer solstice to mark points of sunrise and sunset on the new compass platform in Waitangi Regional Park.

22 December 2016

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‘No excuses’ fines for no lifejackets and speeding

A trial “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets, or speeding on the water is in action this summer in Hawke's Bay.

22 December 2016

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It's Electrifying!

A recent course in electric fishing techniques will assist with freshwater monitoring.

22 December 2016

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HBRC helps GeoNet gain further earthquake knowledge

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council building in Napier is helping GeoNet gain valuable insights into how New Zealand buildings withstand earthquakes.

19 December 2016

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Afternoon Tea Again For 1931 Earthquake Survivors

The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake is always a special occasion.

16 December 2016

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Swimming Warning for Puhokio Stream

A health warning has been issued that people should not swim in the Puhokio Stream at Waimarama until further notice.

16 December 2016

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Heretaunga Plains River Management Under Review

The Heretaunga Plains river corridors, and the services these rivers provide, are being reviewed.

15 December 2016

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Fish wash up at Lake Tūtira

HBRC is investigating fish deaths in Lake Tūtira, with staff quickly on site to identify the cause.

15 December 2016

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Catch the bus to Christmas at the Park

GoBay bus service provider HBRC are supporting this Saturday’s Christmas at the Park event at HB Showgrounds with extra services and special bus fares.

14 December 2016

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Two Notice of Motions supported by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has supported two Notice of Motions from Councillors at its monthly meeting today.

14 December 2016

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HBRC voted to publically notify future water bottling consents

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has today voted to require all future water bottling consent applications be publically notified and heard in an open and public way.

14 December 2016

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Joint Media Release from Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hastings District Council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council today agreed to withdraw the prosecution of Hastings District Council for a breach of condition 21 of Brookvale bores 1 and 2 consents and to consider issuing infringement notices for the same.

13 December 2016

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New Tactic for Chilean Needle Grass Awareness

A billboard alongside SH2 on the Takapau Plains alerts landowners to take action against Chilean needle grass.

8 December 2016

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Time for Safer Lifejackets

Two national lifejacket promotions have the whole-hearted support of Hawke's Bay's regional Harbourmaster Martin Moore.

2 December 2016

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Tūtira Restoration Options Presented

Scientific modelling of Lake Tūtira has highlighted some options for improving water quality and reducing algal blooms.

1 December 2016

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CHB District Council charged over wastewater treatment plants

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has today laid charges against the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council in relation to its wastewater treatment plants in Waipukurau and Waipawa.

30 November 2016

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Council review of Ruataniwha scheme

HBRC today agreed to request that HBRIC Ltd implement a moratorium on spending on the Ruataniwha scheme.

30 November 2016

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Council supports ownership of CHB cycle bridge

HBRC today agreed to be the owner of a proposed suspension bridge across the Tukituki River in Central HB.

30 November 2016

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Confident swimming in Hawke's Bay

HBRC's recreational water quality report for last summer shows that water quality was good for swimming at all monitored sites

24 November 2016

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Waitangi Regional Park road access closed

Access to Waitangi Regional Park between the bridges at Awatoto is closed until further notice.

24 November 2016

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Proposed Plan Change for Oil & Gas Exploration Activities

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Regional Planning Committee has asked Council to progress a plan change which would see a prohibition of oil and gas exploration in many parts of Hawke’s Bay.

23 November 2016

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Ngaruroro's Water Conservation Order and TANK Plan

HBRC’s Regional Planning Committee today discussed the outstanding values of different parts of the Ngaruroro River and how best to protect them.

23 November 2016

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Waipatiki Camp Site now in Regional Hands

Waipatiki Beach Holiday Camp will be kept as a popular local camping spot, thanks to the purchase by three councils.

21 November 2016

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Havelock North Drinking Water Supply Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has laid charges against a party for alleged offences uncovered in the course of its investigation into the contamination of Havelock North drinking water.

18 November 2016

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TANK Group gets jet powered

On Sunday 20 November, the Group developing a Plan Change to manage the quality and quantity of water in the region’s main river systems will get a first-hand view.

18 November 2016

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Patiki Project Shared with Clive School

Clive School students have been learning about Operation Patiki today.

17 November 2016

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Hard line to be taken on vehicles on East Clive beach

A desire by the community to protect the beach at East Clive will see a harder line taken on those flouting rules banning vehicles from the beach.

16 November 2016

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HBRC Committee Chairmen elected

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council yesterday elected Councillors to chair its committees.

10 November 2016

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HBRC considering Water Bottling, Feedlots and Oil & Gas drilling

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is considering potential policy development related to water bottling, feedlots and oil & gas drilling in the region.

9 November 2016

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Review of Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has agreed to commission an independent review of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

9 November 2016

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Waitangi improvements taking shape

Diggers, scrapers and shapers are in full swing at the Waitangi Regional Park project site, and on track to have the first part of the makeover completed by Waitangi Day 2017.

2 November 2016

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Favourite Swimming Spots Water Quality Info Online

Hawke’s Bay beaches are great for swimming, and people can check before they head out to the water as the region’s water quality monitoring programme has begun this week

2 November 2016

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Take Care With Dogs On Rivers

With summer coming, plus the combination of lower river levels and warmer water temperatures, Hawkes Bay Regional Council is recommending that dogs should be kept under control at the region’s braided rivers because of the risk of the potentially toxic algae, Phormidium, being present

2 November 2016

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HBRC at first day of Havelock North Water Inquiry

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chief Executive Andrew Newman appeared at the first day of the Government Inquiry into the Havelock North Water Contamination today.

27 October 2016

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Inaugural meeting of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

The inaugural meeting of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was held in Napier today.

26 October 2016

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New Express service great news for Hawke’s Bay Hospital

A fast new 40-minute express commuter bus service is great news for Hawke’s Bay Hospital staff and visitors.

17 October 2016

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Regional Council Election Results Confirmed

The final results of the HBRC triennial elections have been confirmed.

14 October 2016

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Restoring Mana to Waitangi Regional Park

A mauri stone was today placed at the centre of the platform being created for the navigation compass at Waitangi Regional Park.

14 October 2016

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Hawke’s Bay expertise helping Canterbury rivers

Hawke’s Bay expertise will be helping to keep Canterbury rivers weed-free very soon.

10 October 2016

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HB Conference to Focus on Land, Water, Human Resilience

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is hosting this year’s NZ Association of Resource Management conference, 11-13 October, with the theme of building resilience

6 October 2016

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New beginnings for Napier-Wairoa rail link in 2017

Joint Kiwi Rail - Port of Napier Ltd announcement about re-opening of Napier-Wairoa rail line in 2017.

6 October 2016

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Useful Meeting on Navigation Safety

The region’s Navigation Safety Bylaw is up for review and the Harbourmaster has had a positive initial meeting in Wairoa.

28 September 2016

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Stormwater group gets in the flow

TANK's stormwater group visited a few hotspots to understand issues where the built environment meets our sensitive waterways.

27 September 2016

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Waitangi estuary enhancement gets green light

The contract has been awarded to build key parts of Waitangi Regional Park’s makeover - work starts in October.

22 September 2016

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Five year groundwater quality report presented

A five year Groundwater Quality report shows Hawke’s Bay aquifer systems are generally suitable for drinking water supply.

22 September 2016

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New bus service for Bay View residents

There is great news for Bay View residents wanting to catch the bus – now they can.

19 September 2016

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HBRC welcomes water inquiry

HBRC welcomes the Government initiated independent Inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination issue, formally established today.

15 September 2016

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Pekapeka Wetland Photos Sought

The search is on for old photos or illustrations of Pekapeka wetland for a new book.

15 September 2016

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A Dog's Breakfast

Napier dog owners are invited to a free Dogs Breakfast event at Pandora Pond, Ahuriri Estuary on Saturday 17 September.

13 September 2016

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HB Schools Walk, Plant, Discover This Week

Hawke’s Bay’s annual Conservation Week’ programme for schools is underway for 2016.

12 September 2016

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HBRC Chief Executive Reappointed

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has reappointed Andrew Newman to the position of Chief Executive.

9 September 2016

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Management of feedlots must continue to improve

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says it acknowledges the management of feedlots by farmers in the region is not acceptable and must continue to improve.

6 September 2016

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Public Notice - Bore Security

This public notice published in HB Today 3 September is a guide to landowners and occupiers on bore security

2 September 2016

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Safety on the Water a Priority

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reviewing the Regional Navigation Safety Bylaw again this year.

1 September 2016

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Wild Kaka Coming to Town

During this winter a kaka has been frequenting an area around the Napier Botanical Gardens.

1 September 2016

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Court of Appeal decision on Land Exchange for Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd (HBRIC) says it will be discussing with the Department of Conservation the Court of Appeal’s direction that the Director General reconsider the revocation step of his decision regarding a land exchange for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

1 September 2016

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Future energy use in Hawke’s Bay up for discussion

The future energy usage in Hawke’s Bay has been up for discussion in Hawke’s Bay today.

30 August 2016

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The health of groundwater wells

HBRC is sending letters to each of the region’s territorial councils and other well owners asking them to check the condition of their well-head and the surrounding area.

29 August 2016

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Youth Environment Council Back at Awatoto

In what’s becoming an annual event the Youth Environment Council beach clean up is on again on Saturday 3 September.

25 August 2016

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HBRC launches formal investigation

HBRC has today advised Hastings District Council of a formal investigation into the condition of Havelock North's water supply bores as a source of contamination.

25 August 2016

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Water activities inform Havelock North water issue

HBRC continues to share the results of its groundwater monitoring in support of Hastings District Council and the District Health Board.

24 August 2016

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Havelock North water issue update

An update on the work HBRC is undertaking in the investigation.

24 August 2016

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Havelock North water issue a focus for Regional Council

HBRC is giving full attention to investigating the water issue that laid low over 4,000 Havelock North residents.

23 August 2016

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Tukituki River in the clear

HBRC says it’s very unlikely that E. coli in the Tukituki River has caused the recent contamination of Havelock North’s groundwater supply.

22 August 2016

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Two parties deny charges in relation to Waihi Dam

The two parties charged in relation to the works carried out on the Waihi Dam and the subsequent discharge of silt into the Waihi and Waiau Rivers have both denied the charges.

18 August 2016

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Consultation on Proposal for New Service Company

A proposal to set up a new service company for the Ruataniwha Scheme is open for public consultation.

18 August 2016

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Further research recommended on potential of Rocket Tourism

The Corporate & Strategic Committee is recommending further research into the tourism potential of the Rocket Lab at Mahia Peninsula.

17 August 2016

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Road of opportunities for young offenders

There has been national recognition for a joint Hawke’s Bay project aimed at raising awareness of the risk and consequences of poor driving decisions has received national recognition.

17 August 2016

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HBRC Investigating Havelock North Groundwater

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s environmental science team is undertaking extensive testing of the Te Mata Aquifer to understand the water quality within the aquifer and to assist Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in determining the source of the contamination of the Havelock North water supply.

17 August 2016

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Candidates for Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Candidates for Hawke's Bay Regional Council positions in the Local Elections 2016 have been confirmed.

12 August 2016

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Tukituki Plan is gaining momentum

After ten months of the Tukituki Plan being active, a cross-sectional group of HBRC staff reported back to the RPC on progress made so far.

11 August 2016

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Heretaunga water group seeks high values

The TANK Group has discussed a strong desire to ensure swimmable water quality in the Tutaekuri River catchment.

11 August 2016

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Commitment to partnership with tangata whenua

Strong relationships with tāngata whenua are key to a plan for managing water and land in the Greater Heretaunga area.

3 August 2016

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Enrolled to vote?

A reminder that you have until 12 August to check you are correctly enrolled for the local elections.

3 August 2016

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Public Can Comment on Plains Urban Strategy

The reviewed Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy is open for public comment.

1 August 2016

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S-Map Workshop Popular

A workshop organised by HBRC on getting the most out of S-map is so popular a second session has been scheduled.

29 July 2016

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REDS action plan to transform Hawke's Bay

HBRC is right behind the Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016 launched today.

27 July 2016

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Council Meeting Cancelled

The Regional Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday 27 July 2016 has been cancelled.

25 July 2016

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Dirt Bikers Risk on HB Trails

HBRC and Police are working together to stop dirt bike riders illegally riding on sections of the Hawke’s Bay Trails.

15 July 2016

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Current Consents Now Accessible Online

Consents holders and the public can now view current resource consents on this website, using the map buttons below.

14 July 2016

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Waitangi Regional Park - Priceless!

We're delighted to confirm near-full funding for the Waitangi Regional Park project.

8 July 2016

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Another important milestone for Ruataniwha Scheme

HBRC has confirmation that further conditions required for it to sign-off on its $80 million dollar investment in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme have now been met.

8 July 2016

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Low Wind, More Air Pollution

Low wind conditions are resulting in Hastings having a run of high air pollution days, with 7 so far this year.

7 July 2016

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HBRC welcomes decision on conservation order process

HBRC welcomes the Minister for the Environment’s decision on the Water Conservation Order application for Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers.

6 July 2016

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Waihi Dam hearing adjourned

A hearing for two parties charged in relation to the works carried out on the Waihi Dam and the subsequent discharge of silt into the Waihi and Waiau Rivers has been adjourned until next month.

5 July 2016

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A Big Thanks to Helping Hands with Plantings

Over 400 Hawke’s Bay people are to be thanked for their efforts helping to add 10,000 native plants to the landscape.

4 July 2016

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Further Environmental Safeguards for Ruataniwha Scheme

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson says some additions to its investment company’s Statement of Intent will provide further environmental safeguards for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

1 July 2016

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Two new bigger Express buses take to the road

Great news for Express bus commuters in Hawke’s Bay with two new bigger buses taking to the road from Monday 4 July.

1 July 2016

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Impact of Long Dry Spell Not Over for HB

Another round table meeting of key sectors and agencies received an update this week on Hawke's Bay's dry conditions.

1 July 2016

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TANK Group gets to the heavy lifting

At the end of June, the TANK Group got down to a heavy workload.

1 July 2016

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Support for Hawke’s Bay Coastal Marine Environment Research

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has put its support behind work looking at the state of the region’s marine environment and strategies to improve it.

30 June 2016

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Safety of Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme paramount

HBRIC Ltd is reassuring the public the safety of the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is paramount and a dam construction expert panel has already been appointed and started work.

30 June 2016

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Planning for a different climate in Hawke’s Bay

On an unusual rainy day, engineer Craig Goodier shows the height that coastal inundation could reach on Napier’s Marine Parade by 2120.

30 June 2016

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Youth Environment Team Holds Green Games

The first Green Games organised by the HB Environment Youth Council are being held Wednesday 29 June.

28 June 2016

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U.S. Students Intern at HBRC

Hawke's Bay Regional Council is hosting four U.S. science students as interns.

21 June 2016

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Get Involved in the Garden Bird Survey

Hawke’s Bay residents are an important part of the national Garden Bird Survey week from 25 June to 3 July, 2016.

20 June 2016

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HB Air Quality Data on National LAWA Website

Air quality data has been added to the national LAWA website including data for Hastings, Napier and Awatoto.

20 June 2016

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Funding Available for Driver Licence Training

Funding for community groups to provide driver license training in Hawke's Bay is available through HBRC.

17 June 2016

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Council awaits Auditor-General ruling on Councillor

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson says the Council will be waiting until the Auditor-General makes a ruling on any potential conflict of interest for Councillor Debbie Hewitt before making any further public statements on this matter.

13 June 2016

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HBRC Annual Plan Decisions

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has provided $200,000 to Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated to help in its preparation for Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival being held in Hawke’s Bay next year.

10 June 2016

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HBRC welcomes collaboration on coastal management

Some of the Bay's key agencies have been working together to improve understanding of the region’s coastal resources.

9 June 2016

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First winter air quality exceedance

On Sunday (5 June), the average level of PM10 measured in Hastings exceeded the air quality standard.

7 June 2016

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HBRC hears verbal submissions to Annual Plan

The second day of Councillors considering submissions will now start at 11am (Thursday 9 June).

3 June 2016

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TANK group grows in confidence

TANK group members met at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga on Tuesday and talked through a core set of freshwater values to manage Hawke’s Bay’s most productive catchments.

27 May 2016

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Farmers Concerned about HB Dry Conditions

Agencies are keeping a close watch on dry conditions and farmer welfare in Hawke’s Bay. A long dry spell means that some areas have little pasture cover or water.

27 May 2016

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Rook Control Making Headway in Hawke’s Bay

Over the past four months, around 900 rooks have been removed from Hawke’s Bay following calls from farmers seeing birds on paddocks and crops.

25 May 2016

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Fish get through for World Fish Migration Day – 21 May

Fish passage just got a whole lot better in northern Hawke’s Bay’s Aropaoanui River, in time for World Fish Migration Day (21 May).

20 May 2016

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Charges laid over silt discharge from Waihi Dam

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council today laid charges against two parties in relation to the works carried out on the Waihi Dam and the subsequent discharge of silt into the Waihi and Waiau Rivers.

19 May 2016

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HBRC Environment & Services Committee Media Briefs

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Environment & Services Committee meeting was held at the Kohupātiki Marae yesterday.

12 May 2016

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Kids 4 Drama Back in the Bay

A collaboration by all five Hawke’s Bay councils is bringing the Kids 4 Drama troupe back to schools over the next two weeks with their environmentally focussed production.

5 May 2016

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Ruataniwha Scheme and Plan Change work hand and hand

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson says many people have lost sight of the important connection between the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme and the Council’s Tukituki Plan Change.

5 May 2016

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Council approves new TANK approach

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has approved the reworked approach to fresh water policy development for the Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri catchments.

3 May 2016

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New Regional Harbourmaster

Martin Moore is the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s new Regional Harbourmaster and started at work this week.

29 April 2016

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HBRC and KiwiRail negotiating Napier-Wairoa rail

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is entering into contractual negotiations with KiwiRail to re-establish a Napier- Wairoa rail link.

29 April 2016

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Ruataniwha Scheme Water Uptake Positive

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd has sufficient water uptake through signed water user agreements to proceed to finalisation of the Scheme.

27 April 2016

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Te Mata Mushrooms fined

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says it is looking forward to seeing the detail of plans by Te Mata Mushrooms to solve an odour problem at its Havelock North factory.

18 April 2016

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Steady progress on Water Uptake for Ruataniwha Scheme

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd says it is making steady progress towards its water uptake target for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

15 April 2016

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GoBay & HBRC Reassure SuperGold Card Holders

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reassuring SuperGold card holders that the free off-peak bus travel scheme will continue in Hawke’s Bay despite a recent announcement by Government to cap funding of the scheme.

15 April 2016

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More jobs and income for Hawke’s Bay predicted from Ruataniwha Scheme

A review of the regional economic impacts of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme forecasts more than 3,500 ongoing jobs will be created and tens of millions of dollars injected into Hawke’s Bay.

13 April 2016

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Velvetleaf Hunt On

Velvetleaf has been discovered in Hawke’s Bay as well as a number of other sites around New Zealand. The Ministry of Primary Industries is operating a national response to control this outbreak.

8 April 2016

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Wasps Plague Riverbanks

There is a population explosion of wasps along Hawke’s Bay riverbanks and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is warning people to take care along river berm areas.

8 April 2016

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TANK Group Agrees to Ramp Up Effort

Members of the TANK group, coordinated by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, met again this week and committed to a detailed work programme mapped out to December 2017 - the date when a draft management plan for TANK catchments would be recommended to the Regional Planning Committee for public notification.

7 April 2016

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HBRIC Ltd Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd (HBRIC Ltd) says the major focus in March has been on working with farmers keen to sign up to take water from the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

1 April 2016

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Improvements to Route 12 bus service effective on Monday

Hawke’s Bay bus commuters are being advised of a change to the Napier to Hastings Route 12 to ensure the bus service remains on time in peak hours

31 March 2016

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Whakatu Awa Earthworks Scheduled

Earthworks for part of the Whakatu Landscape and Awa Enhancement project are scheduled to start on Tuesday 29 March and take around 3 days

24 March 2016

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Waihi Dam Update

HBRC says it is pleased the Eastland Group has regained control of the Waihi Dam, which has been discharging silt into the Waiau River since before Christmas

24 March 2016

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Oil Spill Exercise

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will be undertaking one of its annual oil spill exercises at Clifton on Wednesday.

21 March 2016

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Forest & Bird Appeal of DOC Land exchange obvious attempt to delay RWSS

HBRIC Ltd says Forest and Bird’s decision to appeal a High Court judgment giving the green light to a Department of Conservation land exchange necessary for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is an obvious attempt to delay the scheme.

18 March 2016

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HBRC to consult on proposed Environmental Flows

HBRC is to consult with the public on whether to sign up to take additional water from the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for environmental flows.

16 March 2016

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Waihi Dam Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says they’ve been advised by Eastland Group that it intends to have the sluice gates on the Waihi Dam closed by the end of this week.

16 March 2016

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Progress towards getting more young Hawke’s Bay drivers on the road

There has been another step forward in the quest to make it easier for young Hawke’s Bay people to gain a driver’s licence.

15 March 2016

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Government support for water scheme welcomed

Recent Government support of $575,000 for delivering the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme has been welcomed by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Limited (HBRIC).

15 March 2016

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HBRC on Hand at Kids Fishing

HBRC’s Harbourmaster Phil Norman and educator Janene Hole will be on hand at ‘Kids Gone Fishing’ to talk to children and their families about boating safety, including lifejackets. The Harbourmaster has run a lifejacket education programme in Hawke’s Bay primary and intermediate schools over the past 2 years, to help children know they must wear a lifejacket in small boats in Hawke’s Bay.

10 March 2016

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Biodiversity Strategy launched soon

Hawke’s Bay businesses, Iwi, community groups and individuals are being urged to get behind a biodiversity strategy aimed at restoring the variety and number of species living in the region.

8 March 2016

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Waihi Dam Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council visited the Eastland Group’s Waihi Dam near Wairoa yesterday and are happy with the progress being made on repairs so far.

4 March 2016

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Large trees on Karamū make way for natives

A number of large exotic trees beside Havelock North’s Karamū Stream will shortly be felled to make way for native species.

29 February 2016

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Farm Environment Award Winners Congratulated

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council congratulates Graham and Marian Hirst as the Supreme winners of the 2016 East Coast Balance Farm Environment Awards.

26 February 2016

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HBRIC Ltd Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd (HBRIC Ltd) expects to confirm a preferred private investor for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme soon.

24 February 2016

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HBRIC considers High Court decision on DOC land exchange balanced

HBRIC says it is pleased with the High Court’s judgment rejecting a challenge to the Director-General of Conservation’s decision to approve an exchange of land necessary for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme to go ahead.

19 February 2016

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Extra Buses On Hastings-Napier Route for Art Deco Fest

The timetables for the Route 12 service will stay the same but there will be two buses each trip.

18 February 2016

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Taking the Ngaruroro's Temperature

Fibre-optic cable was used in the Ngaruroro River last week to find out more about the connections between groundwater and surface water.

18 February 2016

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Waihi Dam Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has been advised work will get underway tomorrow to resolve the discharge of sediment from the Waihi Dam into the Waiau River.

16 February 2016

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Successful HBRC Maori Committee meeting in Wairoa

Around 30 people attended the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Maori Committee meeting held in the Wairoa Community Centre yesterday.

16 February 2016

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HBRC Maori Committee holding meeting in Wairoa

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Maori Committee will be holding its first meeting of the year in Wairoa on Monday.

12 February 2016

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Extra Extra goBay seats to EIT

From Monday 15 February there will be extra capacity on the Hastings to EIT bus services

11 February 2016

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Ngaruroro Water Conservation Order

It’s premature to consider a Water Conservation Order or WCO application for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers while a planning process is already under way in this catchment.

11 February 2016

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HBRC staff reviewing plan to resolve Waihi Dam silt discharge

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reviewing an action plan from Eastland Group outlining the steps it will take to resolve the discharge of sediment from the Waihi Dam into the Waiau River.

9 February 2016

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Dangerous levels of Cyanobacteria in Lake Waikapiro

Lake Waikōpiro, adjacent to Lake Tūtira, has been confirmed as having dangerous levels of cyanobacteria.

5 February 2016

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Waihi Dam Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is hopeful the discharge of sediment from the Waihi Dam into the Waiau River will cease by the end of next week.

4 February 2016

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Master Plan being developed for TANK

A master plan is being developed in an effort to help a stakeholder group brought together by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to set objectives and limits for managing water in the Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri catchment regain momentum.

4 February 2016

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Further Heretaunga groundwater science investigated

Hawke’s Bay Regional Planning Committee wants to see further investigations undertaken into the costs and benefits of a deep aquifer drilling programme for the Heretaunga Plains.

4 February 2016

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Taipo Stream Realignment Update

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is creating a more natural, meandering flow in the stream to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, increase the flood capacity, improve amenity values and provide recreation opportunities.

3 February 2016

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Mana Enhancing Agreement signed between Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust and HBRC

An historic agreement has been signed between the Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

1 February 2016

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Lethal conditions for fish in Tutira Lake

More dead fish have been found at Lake Tūtira by HBRC’s science monitoring team this week.

29 January 2016

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HBRIC Ltd January Update

Finalising the investor mix for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is the current focus for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Limited.

29 January 2016

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Taipo Stream Realignment

The realignment of Taipō Stream at Park Island has begun with the commencement of the 5 week earthworks construction phase.

25 January 2016

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Genuine water purity calls in Hastings-Napier

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council confirms that commercial calls concerning water filter sales to local residents of Napier and Hastings are genuine.

21 January 2016

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Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri group gets refresh

HBRC's latest arrival will be taking a fresh look at the group collaborating to develop a plan change for Heretaunga Plains and Ahuriri water resources.

21 January 2016

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Bogus water testing calls ring alarm bells

People have been contacted and asked to commit to a time when they are home, usually out of business hours, for a technician to visit their property to conduct a water pressure test.

20 January 2016

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Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom in Lake Tutira

An algal bloom sampled in Lake Tutira last week has been found to contain potentially toxic cyanobacteria.

18 January 2016

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Stopping the Silt is Council’s Focus

There is ongoing public concern over the silt discharge into the Waiau River and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s is enforcing an abatement notice requiring the Eastland Group to stop the discharge from its Waihi Dam.

13 January 2016

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Cyanobacteria suspected cause of dog death

The recent death of a pet dog due to a suspected case of cyanobacterial poisoning at a river, prompts a renewed warning from Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board about the risks of toxic algae in summer. HBRC staff were told the dog was at Tukituki River's Horseshoe Bend off Kahuranaki Road and HBRC environmental science staff are investigating.

11 January 2016

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DIY need not be a disaster

With summer projects well under way, homeowners doing a spot of ‘do it yourself’ can avoid causing an environmental disaster by not pouring paint or other solvents down stormwater drains.

6 January 2016

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Bug Box proved a winner

The bug box in the Cape to City Enviro Shed at Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds during the Royal A&P Show received dozens of entries in the Cape to City quiz. Four correct entries were drawn and have been sent their Explorer Pack prizes, including binoculars, compass, magnifying glass, plant seeds, jelly beans, drink bottle and backpack. They were Elise d’Arbois, Sabine Toomer, Chaelyn Dillon-Jarvis and Harrison Smart.

14 December 2015

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Algal Blooms Start

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has had an alert that a severe algal bloom is in Lake Tūtira at present. HBRC’s environment science team have assessed data from the monitored buoy on the lake which is showing high ‘phycocyanin’ levels, indicative of a high level of cyanobacteria, or blue–green, algae which is a potentially toxic species.

26 November 2015

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HBRC hopeful of resolution in Pan Pac Appeal

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is hopeful an appeal against resource consent for an extension to Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd’s outfall into Hawke Bay can be resolved out of court.

26 November 2015

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Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme Update from HBRIC Ltd

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd (HBRIC Ltd) says confirmation it has a financially viable design and construction contract for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is another major step forward.

25 November 2015

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Getting young Hawke’s Bay drivers on the road

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is championing an initiative to make it easier for young Hawke’s Bay people to gain a driver’s licence. HBRC Chairman Fenton Wilson says research shows learner drivers in Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa have to travel significant distances to sit their driver tests. It also shows many young Hawke’s Bay drivers don’t progress beyond learner or restricted licences.

19 November 2015

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