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About the TANK Project

TANK Project began in 2012 to look at rules for the best way to manage the land and waterways of the Tutaekuri, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamu catchments.

What is TANK?

This project began in 2012. The Council formed a big stakeholder group roughly representing the wider community to look at the best way to manage the waterways of the Tutaekuri, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamu catchments. The project quickly became known as TANK.

The TANK Group held its last meeting on 26 July 2018, but the work of the TANK Plan Change continues. 

The Draft TANK Plan was presented to the Regional Planning Committee for the first time on 14 August 2018.  The details of the draft Plan - once ‘workshopped’ by RPC members over the coming months - will lead to a final draft for public consultation and formal submission.

There were a handful of matters where the TANK Group was unable to reach consensus, requiring further review and consideration by the RPC.  These items of non-consensus are clearly highlighted, and the next iteration of the draft Plan will clearly show the Council’s position on these matters.

New groundwater science in 2017 told us the waterways and aquifer below the Heretaunga Plains are highly inter-connected - like a big bathtub. It might seem a bottomless water resource, but it's really a water TANK flowing above and below ground. The waters of TANK are valued in many ways by the whole community.

When in place, the TANK Plan will give clear direction to consent holders and other water users. It's a challenging balancing act between water use and protection. The rivers and waterways have to come first, but water users should also be able to rely on safe, secure water when they need it.

About the TANK Project

Will it affect me?

Our conversations with the TANK Group include reference to farm plans, industry clusters, rules to exclude stock or increase planting beside waterways.

What can you do

The whole community has a stake in the outcome of the TANK Plan. There will be opportunities to have your say – both formally and informally.

We're working toward the release of a TANK Plan - for public feedback - by early 2019. Once released, any person can make a submission on the proposal.

The TANK Plan Change is linked to the Hawke's Bay Land and Water Management Strategy and the Government's 2014 National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management. Down the track, this catchment-wide approach to managing water and land will lead to Regional Resource Management Plan (RRMP) changes. This video from the Ministry for the Environment tells more about the national Water Quality Policy.


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