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The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Works Group provides service delivery functions for the Regional Council looking after our flood protection and doing a wide range of maintenance work.

The Works Group is the service delivery unit of the Regional Council and undertakes all maintenance activities on our river and drainage schemes, and open spaces throughout the region. This involves:

  • Vegetation control
  • Mowing
  • Spraying
  • Drains excavation
  • Pump station maintenance
  • Structure repairs
  • Maintenance of scheme assets.

The group also provides civil and structural contracting services associated with river and drainage maintenance for other organisations.

Current maintenance schedules

Our team

Our 32 staff offer a wide range of expertise and are based out of two depots in Taradale and Waipukurau. They service the region with a modern, well-maintained fleet of specialised plant including tractors, trucks, excavators, weed boats, reach mower and reach sprayer units, and mobile flood pumps.

They’re a pretty innovative bunch at Works Group. Take the purpose-designed hydraulic spray application booms, and the design and construction of the purpose-built weed-boats as just two examples.

Emergency management forms a critical part of the Works Group’s core business, and our workforce is highly skilled in flood response, CD emergencies, and also have a team of trained oil-spill responders.

Contact Works Group

Taradale office and depot
280 Guppy Road, Taradale
+64 6 835 9200

  • Hamish Fraser - Works Group Manager
  • Graeme Clarke - Senior Contracts Manager
  • Andrew Bullock - Contracts Manager
  • Kevin Cooper - Taradale Overseer

Waipukurau depot
2368 Takapau Road, State Hwy 2 Waipukurau
+64 6 835 9200

  • Joe Genet - Waipukurau Catchment Overseer

Maintenance we carry out

From September to June each year the Works Group carries out regular maintenance work, including mowing, spraying, and weedboating along streams, waterways, and river channels throughout the region.

This maintenance work is a continuous mobile operation where our machines can move through a large number of properties in any given day.

An annual programme for the regular maintenance work is put together at the start of each season and provides landowners and or occupiers with an indication of when they can expect to see our crews in the area.

Construction projects naturally take longer and we discuss access and safety issues with neighbouring land owners and users in the planning stages.

Maintenance schedules 2023-24

2023-24 Annual beach raking

2023-24 Annual drain spraying

2023-24 Annual mowing programme

2023-24 Annual weedboat programme

Works Group certifications

Telarc Registration Marks QUALITY ISO 9001 2015 for web

The Works Group is certified to international standard ISO 9001:2015 and is committed to continual improvement.

This standard, plus the provision of quality equipment, and highly trained staff mean the Group is an experienced unit that takes pride in the type and quality of work we deliver. 

The Works Group also holds an audited Gold Status with Sitewise



Environmental code of practice

The Resource Management Act (RMA) establishes the principles and direction for sustainable management. We undertake our activities ‘within reason’ and give due consideration to what the activity will do to those around us and the environment.

The group has the enviable position of permitted activity status for the majority of its functions, including earthworks in streams and drains, as described in Rule 70 of the the Regional Council Regional Resource Management Plan. This permitted activity status is however bound by the the Regional Council Environmental Code of Practice for River Control and Drainage Works 2003, which we developed.

This code sets out standard operating procedures for the various activities we are involved in for drainage and river works, with specific emphasis on those that pose a greater environmental risk or threat, and the appropriate mitigation measures we will take to protect the environment - for example: gravel raking is not undertaken in river channels during seabird nesting. 

These rules and policies apply to all work Works Group undertakes for the Regional Council and, by default, apply to work for other parties or organisations.


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