Napier Labour Party candidate and anti-amalgamation campaigner Stuart Nash believes there are political motives behind vandals who damaged three anti-amalgamation signs during the weekend.
The irrigation water available to farmers from the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme will be delivered to their farm gates ‘under pressure’; potentially saving each operator significant costs in on-farm infrastructure and energy costs.
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.
- How to Make a Submission
- Advert 1 - WDC - Local Government Reorganisation
- Draft Proposal for Reorganisation in Hawke's Bay
- LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION - Media Release 20 February 2014
Local Government Commission
PO Box 5362
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.
DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR REORGANISATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN HAWKE'S BAY
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.
- Draft Proposal for Reorganisation in Hawke's Bay
- Media Statement - Draft Proposal for Reorganisation in Hawke's Bay
- Questions and Answers - Draft Proposal for Reorganisation in Hawke's Bay
More information can be found below and on the Commission's website - http://www.lgc.govt.nz/
THE BIG REPORTS
- DOLLERY REPORT - Bigger Is Not Always Better: An Evaluation Of "Future Prosperity Of The Hawkes Bay Region" And "Potential Costs And Savings Of Local Government Reform In Hawkes Bay" - Professor Brian Dollery
A BETTER HAWKE'S BAY - APPLICATION
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.
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.
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- HBRIC Ltd supports the time extension request from the board of inquiry
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- Hawkes Bay river users support Check Clean Dry
- Nominate a young person in Hastings to join the Youth Council
- Horvath Homes, Hastings District Council, and Unison team up.
- Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule says Napier has built a museum that is a complete omnishambles.
- A review is underway concerning lack of storage in Napiers $18 million museum
- Learn about a world free of nuclear weapons at the Hastings Library.