The Wairoa District Council ask the public to 'make your call'.


Have a say in what happens to your district by making a submission to the Local Government Commission. Let them know what you think about the proposal to amalgamate with the rest of Hawke's Bay. Don't wait for the referendum. Make your submission today. 

Submissions must be made by Friday, March 7.Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to: Hawke's Bay Reorganisation Proposal
Local Government Commission
PO Box 5362
Wellington 6145

Central Government have indicated that changes are set to take place in the way Local Government is organised. This could mean changes in representation, responsibilities and how Councils currently operate.

In the interests of keeping the Wairoa community informed, we wish to share all information as it comes to hand.



The Local Government Commission has released its draft proposal for reorganisation in Hawke's Bay.

The highlights are:
One council and one mayor who could speak with one voice for Hawke's Bay.

A layer of boards empowered to represent distinct local communities.

The new Hawke's Bay Council would replace Wairoa District Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, Central Hawke's Bay District Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council. It would also include a small area of Rangitikei District.

Nine councillors would be elected from five wards to ensure region-wide representation. The mayor would be elected at large by all Hawke's Bay voters.

The Council would have five community boards with 37 elected members. The wards and community boards would share the same boundaries. Their proposed names are Wairoa, Ngaruroro, Napier, Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay.

The views of the large Māori population would be heard through a standing council committee (Māori Board) comprising representatives nominated by local iwi and elected members of council. The existing Māori committee dealing with management of natural resources would be retained.

Hawke's Bay Council's administrative headquarters is initially proposed be in Napier City. There would be council offices in Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Existing council debt and financial arrangements would be ring-fenced for at least six years to the communities which incurred them or benefit from them. Current regional assets would be transferred to Hawke's Bay Council.

Hawke's Bay Council would be a unitary authority, combining the functions of city, district and regional councils. It would have a total of 47 elected members: one for every 3,286 people (excluding the mayor). Under current arrangements there are 57 elected members: one for every 2,852 people.

More information can be found below and on the Commission's website - 




LGC Media Statement - Responses to Hawke's Bay Local Government Reorganisation

Wairoa District Council submission to Local Governement Commission

Letter to LG Minister from Ngati Kahungunu

A Better Hawke's Bay brochure

BayBuzz Reorganisation Survey - Mail summary

BayBuzz Reorganisation - Online summary

Unison networks statement

Letter to Minister Tremain

Response from Minister Tremain

Work continues in Hastings to build strong links to the city


Work has begun on the final part of a three phase project, which will provide strong pedestrian, transport and visual links from Hastings CBD, past Bay Plaza to The Park Mega Centre.

The project on Russell Street North is designed to improve the connectivity between the shopping precincts by creating a pedestrian friendly, tree lined avenue.

The project includes the creation of a new footpath and kerbing on the eastern side of Russell Street North, the installation of snake lights, trees and includes some adjustments to the Bay Plaza carpark. A new bus shelter will be installed as part of the project, with the design and colours coming from the iWay palate. A cycle shelter will also be constructed close to the bus shelter which will strengthen the facilities available to cyclists.

Some preliminary work on this project was undertaken in 2013, when watermains were replaced and the former Environment Centre was removed.

Hastings District Councillor Sandra Hazlehurst says "The owners of Bay Plaza made a major financial commitment during their recent upgrade of the shopping centre and this project will compliment that development. The improved pedestrian link completes the connection between Bay Plaza and Heretaunga Street."

"The work that is currently being undertaken will make a huge improvement to the shopping experience in Hastings and will ensure that the whole area, including the Bay Plaza carpark becomes more pedestrian friendly. It is important that there is a feel that The Park Mega Centre, Bay Plaza and the CBD are all one shopping experience and this project will definitely enhance that perception," Sandra Hazlehurst says.

"A refurbishment of the garden beds along the railway corridor side of Russell Street and the planting of some new trees will dramatically improve the visual appeal of the area. The installation of the snake lights will continue the visual pattern that is now the overall city theme for lighting. Council is continuing to work closely with Bay Plaza to ensure there is minimum disruption to their operation during the construction period."

Hugh Lambie, Investment Director for Bay Plaza says the outcome is a good example of private and public entities working together to improve the centre of town and the shopping experience.

"We have made a significant investment in Hastings and have just spent over $4 million on the refurbishment of Bay Plaza, including bringing several new tenants to Hawke’s Bay and installing state of the art CCTV and security cameras. Bay Plaza has the highest foot traffic in Hawke’s Bay and improvements that allow our customers easier access are welcome."

Bay Plaza is now 98% leased post refurbishment with national tenants Pita Pit and Spice Trader Indian Restaurant due to open late March.

The Council’s upgrade project is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Hawkes Bay Council pollution response officer's were disappointed by stream dumping

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council pollution response officers were disappointed to be called out to a particularly offensive stream dumping event yesterday, and have a message for people dumping rubbish in our waterways: “don’t do it.”
HBRC Compliance Manager, Wayne Wright, received a call-out for his team on Monday morning in response to a photo emailed to council.  The photo appeared to show offal and pressed hams in a blue container, which had been dumped from the Elsthorpe Road Bridge into Papanui Stream not far from Waipawa.
On investigation, HBRC staff fished out half a cow, a lamb and three hams.
“This sort of dumping in not new to council, but staff take particular exception to pollution of the region’s waterways,” says Wayne Wright.
“Most importantly, anyone reading this should not think of it as a localised issue, this is a whole of community issue that requires all of us to take action.  If you see someone dumping rubbish at the roadside, road end, or more offensively, in our waterways, report it to the Regional Council’s Pollution Hotline straight away, 0800 108 838 or look us up in the phone book.”

Enjoy food and entertainment from all corners of the globe at Hastings Cornwall Park


Hastings Cornwall Park will again reflect the diverse culture of Hawke’s Bay during International Cultures Day.

The 2014 edition of this popular event takes place on Saturday 1st March and will feature food and entertainment from all corners of the globe. This year’s special guest performers will be the 50/50 Dance Crew from Auckland.

Cultures Day is organised by the New Zealand China Friendship Society and President Sally Russell says "We are very excited to have 50/50 back with us for 2014. The performers are aged between 16 and 24 and they wowed the crowd at Cornwall Park last year when they performed as the Garage Wallas. Since then they have made the semifinals of New Zealand’s Got Talent and performed at Diwali Festivals in Auckland and Wellington. They have won several regional dance competitions, worked on a dance documentary for Maori TV and a special Diwali Show for TVNZ."

Sally Russell says "International Cultures Day will again feature a wide range of entertainment from the Pacific communities of Hawke’s Bay, with the Fetu Ao Samoan Wesley Methodist Group, the Tongan Community and the St Andrews Cook islands Cultural group taking the stage during the day."

"Food will again be a highlight of the event and there will certainly be something to suit all tastes. The offering this year includes Indian spices, Cantonese cuisine, German cakes and Indian chai," Sally Russell says.

International Cultures Day takes place on Saturday 1st March at Cornwall Park,Hastings with performances starting at 11am and going through until 3.30pm.

Hawkes Bay lead the way when it comes to being prepared in an emergency.


Hawke’s Bay people are helping to lead the country when it comes to being prepared for civil defence emergencies.

Figures just released from the 2012 New Zealand General Social Survey show 30 per cent of Hawke’s Bay people have made basic preparations for a civil defence emergency, by having a three day supply of food and water, and a household emergency plan. This is above the national average of 22 percent and up nine percent from 2008 when the last survey was done.

The region with the highest level of basic preparation was Canterbury at 40 percent - up 28 percent since the last survey, followed closely by Marlborough (36%) and then Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager Ian Macdonald says this is a great result for Hawke’s Bay.

"A key part of increasing individual preparedness is a better understanding of the impacts of the natural hazards we face and events such as the Christchurch earthquakes have helped with this," says Mr Macdonald.

He says the result also reflects are more unified approach to Civil Defence Emergency Management by Hawke’s Bay councils, with more coordinated messages and the use of common resources.

"However there is no room for complacency as we still need more people to be prepared to look after themselves for three days when a disaster occurs. The more prepared people are for an emergency the more resilient Hawke’s Bay will be."

For more information on getting ready to get thru a civil defence emergency or visit Hawke’s Bay Emergency on Facebook or Twitter.

Napier City Council offer funding for local's?


Napier City Council have funding to get your idea off the ground!

Together funding supports people to work together to make the most of their streets, neighbourhoods, and communities - and the people in them.

Well connected neighbourhoods make safe, dynamic and vibrant communities.

For further information click here and for an application form please click here 

Applications Close: 4:00pm, 7 March 2014

Hastings will welcome 30 new citizen's on Wednesday


Hastings will welcome 30 new New Zealanders at a citizenship ceremony to be held Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6 pm in the Hastings District Council Chambers.

The candidates’ nationalities are as follows:

Samoan 8

Filipino 3

Indian 6

Tongan 1

British 5

Thai 4

Swiss 1

Canadian 1

Hungarian American 1

A Kaumatua will welcome those present on behalf of tangata whenua.

Hastings District Council Councillors will present each candidate with a kowhai tree to symbolise "putting down roots".

Hawkes Bay Regional Park Plan looks to raise the profile and understanding of wetlands

A new park plan for the next ten years of Pekapeka Regional Park has been developed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  
The plan was developed in discussion with a number of organisations connected to the wetland, including local iwi, Fish & Game, Forest & Bird and volunteer groups and HBRC is now inviting comments from the public until 24 February 2014.  Information on the new park plan is (search on Parks) which shows the concept plan diagram and has a list of key actions for the next ten years.
“We’d like the views of the public on the plan, especially from people who regularly visit the wetland and who have fresh ideas of how we can help improve their experience of this wild environment,” says HBRC’s Open Spaces Manager, Stephen Cave.
The wetland is now called Pekapeka Regional Park, and fits within the Regional Park Network that HBRC manages which includes Tūtira, Pākōwhai and Waitangi Regional Parks and the river corridor reserves.
Pekapeka wetland has proven to be very popular with Hawke’s Bay people and visitors over the past decade, since willows were cleared and the waterways opened up to improve bird and plant habitats. Many groups and schools have assisted with planting areas. Pathways and boardwalks have been constructed through part of the wetland and interpretation signs explain the history and values of the wetland.
The priority for Pekapeka Regional Park is to manage the whole park to provide for biodiversity and ecosystems as well as use the wetland to raise the profile and understanding of wetlands region wide. This follows the management policies and priorities set out in the HBRC Regional Park Network Plan and the individual park plan for Pekapeka.
Forest & Bird’s Hastings and Havelock North branch members recently offered to take on a project at the northern end of the wetland to develop a new native bush area. Pathways and water channels in the northern area are in the plan so that the public will be able to enjoy the new area as it develops.
The plan for Pekapeka Regional Park includes -
·        enhancing views of the wetland from key locations
·        installing a composting toilet
·        protecting Island Pa from erosion and degradation with the Historic Places Trust
·        continuing school, community and partnership planting and maintenance days
·        controlling weeds, especially willow, and animal pests.
·        setting up a water quality monitoring programme
·        creating open-water channels and planting islands in the northern end
·        developing a new loop track and picnic table area and possibly a train stop with rail over- or under-pass.
HBRC would like to consider the views of park visitors on the plans for the park, and welcomes comment and ideas on the routine management of the regional parks at any time.
The concept development plan will be on (search on PARKS) from 10 February and written comments are invited by 24 February 2014.  Either deliver or post to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Private Bag 6006, Napier 4142 attn: Stephen Cave, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..