Tuk­i­tuki task­force meets

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A task­force set up to look for so­lu­tions to wa­ter quan­tity is­sues in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay met for the first time last week in Waipawa.

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil and CHB Dis­trict Coun­cil set up the task­force after an ini­tial meet­ing be­tween the two coun­cils, which dis­cussed quan­tity is­sues, and po­ten­tial so­lu­tions. The task­force will man­age wa­ter quan­tity is­sues in CHB in the short, medium and long term.

A wide range of groups were rep­re­sented at last week’s meet­ing, in­clud­ing the dis­trict and re­gional coun­cil, ir­ri­ga­tors, lo­cal res­i­dents, en­vi­ron­men­tal groups and lo­cal tai­whenua.

CHB rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Re­gional Coun­cil Deb­bie He­witt, who is chair of the new wa­ter task­force group, says there was ro­bust dis­cus­sion about all the is­sues.

“There is a strong com­mit­ment within the task­force to fo­cus on find­ing short, medium and long-term so­lu­tions which will help our com­mu­nity and pro­tect our pre­cious wa­ter re­source,” says coun­cil­lor He­witt.

She says a sur­vey of Tikokino and On­gaonga res­i­dents will be un­der­taken very soon to bet­ter un­der­stand their cur­rent wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion and help as­cer­tain the ex­tent of the is­sues there.

Along­side this, work is un­der­way to look at how ir­ri­ga­tors can work as a col­lec­tive to max­imise wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency and ros­ter and ra­tion wa­ter use to mit­i­gate the im­pact of higher flow trig­gers.

“The task­force will meet again in a few weeks’ time to con­sider what so­lu­tions can be put in place now to help this sum­mer and also start build­ing plans for deal­ing with fu­ture wa­ter quan­tity con­cerns.”

In the longer term, the group will as­sist the re­gional coun­cil with the co-de­sign of ground­wa­ter science pro­grammes in the Ru­atani­wha Basin.

CHB rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Re­gional Coun­cil Deb­bie He­witt, who is chair of the new wa­ter task­force group.

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