KIA ORA FROM MAYOR ALEX

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Wa­ter – from one ex­treme to the other over the past few weeks! Thank you to the nearly 200 of you that came to our Sum­mer Wa­ter Re­li­a­bil­ity meet­ing. From the di­ver­sity of com­mu­nity mem­bers, to the level of emo­tion, to the gen­uine in­ter­est in un­der­stand­ing the sci­ence and rules it is clear that this is a piv­otal is­sue for us as a district. Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil (HBRC) of­fered great in­sight into the cur­rent knowl­edge and plans for new sci­ence and in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Our district is in a sit­u­a­tion where our so­cial, cul­tural, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic needs are con­verg­ing into a storm over our sum­mer months. And there is no quick fix.

But some short term ac­tions are hap­pen­ing – there is a group of sur­face wa­ter users who have got to­gether and cre­ated a wa­ter con­ser­va­tion plan for the sum­mer, to spread, share and sched­ule their wa­ter takes to re­duce their over­all im­pact col­lec­tively. Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay District Coun­cil is col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion from the vil­lage and ru­ral res­i­dences around On­gaonga and Tikokino to en­sure we un­der­stand their abil­ity to raise wa­ter from bores for their in­di­vid­ual use, and un­der­stand bet­ter what sup­port can be given to them. HBRC is im­ple­ment­ing new bores in On­gaonga and Tikokino that will give them con­tin­u­ous, real-time data on wa­ter lev­els – al­low­ing us all to un­der­stand and re­act more quickly to is­sues. HBRC is also lead­ing our CHB Wa­ter Task­force to bring to­gether the is­sues from a wide va­ri­ety of stake­hold­ers and fo­cus on com­mu­nity so­lu­tions.

As we move for­ward, I en­cour­age ev­ery­body to “look in the mir­ror” and think about how we all use wa­ter re­spon­si­bly.

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