Coun­cil team boosted

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Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil has boosted the team based in the Waipawa of­fice to work with landown­ers and their man­agers on catch­ment man­age­ment work.

“The key ar­eas of fo­cus for the team are be­ing a key point of con­tact for the Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil lo­cally, and also pro­vid­ing ad­vice and sup­port for sus­tain­able land man­age­ment prac­tices and the Tuk­i­tuki Plan im­ple­men­ta­tion,” says Dean Evans, the new man­ager of HBRC’s south­ern in­te­grated catch­ment man­age­ment (ICM) team.

“Our aim is to sup­port landown­ers in the dis­trict to pre­pare for the fu­ture, by un­der­stand­ing their long term prop­erty vi­sion and goals and by pro­vid­ing op­tions to help them reach them sus­tain­ably.”

Dean Evans has re­cently joined Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil to man­age this team. He has a sub­stan­tial back­ground work­ing with land man­age­ment, bio­di­ver­sity, biose­cu­rity and reg­u­la­tions with lo­cal and re­gional coun­cils, MPI, forestry com­pa­nies and DoC.

The team will be fa­mil­iar to most Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay landown­ers. Team leader War­wick Hes­keth and team mem­bers Maddy McLean and Paul Train have worked with farm­ers as land man­age­ment ad­vis­ers. Join­ing the in­te­grated team is Dean Roughton who was pre­vi­ously in the coun­cil’s biose­cu­rity team, and has worked with PCA groups and con­trac­tors for some years.

The Waipawa of­fice in Ru­atani­wha St will soon have a part-time ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­port per­son avail­able at set hours dur­ing the day, but Dean Evans says the rest of the ICM team will mostly be out en­gag­ing with landown­ers.

“Peo­ple are wel­come to con­tact us for ad­vice, to dis­cuss po­ten­tial fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, or to dis­cuss the mer­its of a oneon-one dis­cus­sion with one of the catch­ment ad­vis­ers on site.”

The re­gional coun­cil’s web­site will be live in De­cem­ber with a new for­mat which in­cludes a “farmer’s hub”. This will help landown­ers and the pub­lic to find ad­vice and links to es­sen­tial web­sites much more quickly.

Waipawa’s boosted Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil team, from left; catch­ment man­ager Dean Evans, team leader War­wick Hes­keth, Paul Train, catch­ment ad­vis­ers Maddy McLean and Dean Roughton.

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