United view on water
Concerns about water security in Central Hawke’s Bay are ramping up.
Surface water consents, raising of the minimum river flows, water storage IP, #thebigwaterstory, Tranche 2 — all of these are parts of a complex picture of water security creating uncertainty in our community.
Avariety of people are being affected. This is expressed in their ability to rely on water. Ongaonga and Tikokino and similar rural areas rely on private residential bores for their health and survival. Clubs and community organisations like fire brigades and golf clubs rely on water to provide social enterprise and safety. Tangata whenua’s culture and values are intricately linkedwith water and our rivers. Farms and commercial businesses rely on water to run their operations, to employ people and contribute to the economic fabric of the district.
This is all linked to us working within the ecological boundaries of the aquifer and river system that we rely on.
For me there are two crucial things. Firstly, we do not look at any of these things in isolation. Our strength comes from taking a united, future-focused view.
Secondly, wemust move forwardwith facts and science informing our views and enhancing the decisions that may need to be made.
We need to take a stand to make sure thatwe are not rushed into making shortterm decisions that benefit only a few, or constrain the ability for future thinking and solutions. Your councillors and I are committed to work alongside our whole community in developing this stand. Wewill be reaching out to you to join us in this and hope that you will do so with an open-mind and ideas of how to collaborate as a community.