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.
Works Group maintains our rivers and drainage systems and does civil construction. This involves vegetation control, mowing, spraying, excavation, concrete work, fencing, and drain laying.
The 30 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 tractors, trucks, excavators, weedboats, and mower and spray units.
They’re a pretty creative and clever bunch at Works Group. Take the purpose-designed hydraulic spray application booms and the design and construction of purpose-built weed-boats.
The Works Group is accredited to SiteWise Green status, and has a formal quality assurance system to TQS1 standard for continued improvement. This standard plus the provision of quality equipment and highly trained staff provide an experienced unit that takes pride in the type and quality of work we deliver. You can view our full health and safety policy and accreditation, and Environmental Code of Practice (see below).
Emergency management forms a critical part of the Works Group’s core business, and our workforce is highly-skilled in this area. Our staff are also trained responders for any oil spill events.
Works Group also does a variety of civil construction services for other organisations.
Works Group main Office and depot, river end of Guppy Road, Taradale, +64 6 835 9200
Southern District depot, Takapau Road, State Hwy 2 Waipukurau, 0800 108 838
From September to June each year the Works Group carry’s 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. Keep up to date with our work programmes here:
Construction projects naturally take longer and we discuss access and safety issues with neighbouring land owners and users in the planning stages
The Works Group has an audited formal quality assurance system to TQS 1 standard for continued improvement, an audited ACC tertiary accreditation plus an audited Green Status with Sitewise.
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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