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Outstanding water bodies in Hawke’s Bay

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We’re still asking for feedback to identify the region’s most treasured water bodies.

In June 2017, the Regional Council endorsed an approach, co-designed with Tāngata Whenua representatives of the Regional Planning Committee, to identify outstanding water bodies in Hawke’s Bay.

Staff carried out a high level review of 90 publications, capturing the cultural, recreation, landscape and ecology values associated with 130 water bodies across the region, led by Senior Planner Belinda Harper.

“This was done to build a clearer picture of values and the potential to classify waterways as outstanding,” says Belinda.

“The Regional Planning Committee agreed on a list of 22 candidate outstanding water bodies to be further assessed for a more detailed description of the values associated with each of these water bodies,” adds Belinda.

“Our assessment work has been online since August, and we need feedback to help us improve this work on the Outstanding Water Body Plan Change,” says Belinda.

The findings of the secondary assessment work and consultation will be reported back to the Regional Planning Committee early in 2019. This project is part of the Regional Council’s ongoing work to implement the Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

• Te Whanganui a Orotū (Ahuriri Estuary)
• Upper Mōhaka River (above Willowflat)
• Lake Waikaremoana
• Taruarau River
• Ruakituri River
• Lake Whakakī
• Mangahauanga Stream
• Wairoa River
• Heretaunga Aquifer
• Lake Whatumā
• Tukituki River
• Ruataniwha Aquifer
• Upper Ngaruroro River (above Whanawhana)
• Waipawa River
• Lake Tūtira (includes Papakiri Stream and Aropaoanui River)
• Karamu River
• Lake Waikareiti
• Lower Ngaruroro River (below Whanawhana)
• Porangahau River
• Makirikiri River
• Waipunga River
• Tūtaekurī River

“Our assessment work has been online since August, and we need feedback to help us improve this work on the Outstanding Water Body Plan Change,” says Belinda.

The findings of the secondary assessment work and consultation will be reported back to the Regional Planning Committee early in 2019. This project is part of the Regional Council’s ongoing work to implement the Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.

14 December 2018

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