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Our Hawke’s Bay Environment 2013-2018 Key Issues report


Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has today released a summary of key environmental information from its five-year State of the Environment technical reports.

The 5-year SOE report is a ready-reference overview of the most noteworthy environmental issues for Hawke’s Bay communities and decision-makers, including treaty partners and stakeholders.

“This is an extraordinary report from our science team that represents Hawke’s Bay’s key environmental issues in the context of what our Regional Council is doing to address these issues,” says Regional Council chair Rex Graham.

“It’s a scorecard that feeds into many of the outcomes we’re striving for around air quality, swimmability and water security to name a few,” adds Mr Graham.

The report covers fields at the heart of the Regional Council’s in-house scientific expertise: air quality and climate, land science, surface water flows, surface water quality and ecology, groundwater resources and quality, and marine and coast.

“This five-yearly science report for Hawke’s Bay is absolutely relevant to the national freshwater reforms taking place and our planning processes to give effect to these regulations as they change,” says Regional Council chief executive James Palmer.

“It’s also giving us a clear steer that the focus we’re putting into waterways such as Whangawehi, Karamū Stream, Ahuriri Estuary, Tukituki and Porangahau is well placed. It reinforces the enormity of the environmental challenges we're facing in our region, and the large amount of work we need to do as a community,” says Mr Palmer.

To assist with readability, the report has been structured according to Hawke’s Bay’s geography into Northern, Heretaunga and Southern sections.

Twenty-one staff collect environmental information from 2 sandy beaches and dunes, 3 rocky reefs, 3 air quality sites, 5 lakes, 6 estuaries, 10 wind erosion sites, 16 nearshore coastal water quality sites, 35 river flow sites, 37 swimming sites, 50 wetlands, 50 stream ecosystem health sites, 85 river water quality sites, 89 soil monitoring sites, over 100 groundwater wells and 150 riparian areas.

The report includes an introduction and sectional summaries, written in plain English. It can be downloaded at, search: #documentsandforms.

26 August 2020

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