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About the TANK Project

TANK Logo- Greater Heretaunga & Ahuriri Catchment - TANK

Looking after land and water in the greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri area is important as this is where 85% of Hawke's Bay people live and work, have their business, grow food for others.

The way land and water resources are managed in the Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri area is under review.  The area encompasses the Tutaekuri, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamu catchments ('TANK'), plus the Heretaunga Plains aquifer system.  The focus is on water quality, flows and allocations in the four catchments, including for wetlands and estuaries.

The whole community across the plains has a stake in the outcome of the TANK project and there are a number of opportunities for people to have a say  in this process – both informally and formally.

Down the track, this catchment-wide approach to managing water and land will lead to Regional Resource Management Plan (RRMP) changes.

The Greater Heretaunga and Ahuriri Plan Change implements both the Hawke's Bay Land and Water Management Strategy and the Government's 2014 National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

You can view this video from the Ministry for the Environment about the new national Water Quality Policy.

Managing impacts and risks to water from land is essential. But the plan change will not (and cannot) address all catchment issues.

As a planning document defined and limited by the Resource Management Act, the plan change should be viewed as one of a potential mix of interventions that, over time, contribute to integrated freshwater management.

A proposed Plan Change is scheduled to be publicly released in December 2017. Once released, any person can make a submission on the proposed plan change.

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