The Regional Council has received 16 submissions on the draft plan to protect and improve the Heretaunga Plains waterways – but expects a lot more.
With just two weeks to go in the fifteen week consultation period, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reminding Napier and Hastings people to have their say, and get feedback into the Council before submissions close on 14 August.
“We originally planned to consult on this waterway plan for Heretaunga over a nine week period, but due to people being caught up in COVID-19 and the drought, we extended it by another six weeks,” says the Regional Council’s Senior Policy Planner, Mary-Anne Baker.
“We expect a lot more submissions by the end of next week,” she adds.
The freshwater project known as the TANK Plan relates to the Tūtaekurī, Ahuriri, Ngaruroro and Karamū waterways, and the Heretaunga aquifer.
“Primary production industry groups have been really engaged in our online and face to face meetings and follow-up questions, so we are preparing for a wide level of input and engagement in the next steps,” adds Mrs Baker.
The Regional Council has worked closely with stakeholder groups, who have encouraged their members to be involved in the TANK Plan process and make submissions either in support or opposition.
The Council has fielded a number of queries about new water allocation limits, a new approach to collective catchment management and the management of stormwater – especially around Napier and Hastings.
Submissions can be made on the TANK Plan by visiting hbrc.govt.nz, search: #TANK.
6 August 2020
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hawke's Bay Regional Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hawke's Bay Regional Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© Hawke's Bay Regional Council - www.hbrc.govt.nz / +64 6 835 9200 / firstname.lastname@example.org