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Horizons Regional Council will not consult on its Annual Plan for 2023/24.

The Council has settled on a 6.6% rate rise for next year, and Chair Rachel Keedwell says as there are no significant changes from the activities outlined in Year 3 of its LTP, they have chosen not to consult.

She says there are some slight budget adjustments for the coming year, and to make the adjustments, Council has refined some of its other work programmes.

Ms Keedwell says Council are aware that any rate increase is not ideal and have worked hard to ensure any total rates increase did not exceed what was already forecasted.


Nearly $55,000 has been donated to the Tararua Mayoral Relief Fund thanks to the Horowhenua District Council.

Horowhenua adopted the Tararua District Council following Cyclone Gabrielle and held a “Black Out” fundraising event involving school mufti-days, street collections and business sponsorships.

In all, just under $109,000 was raised, with $54,498 going to Tararua and the remainder to other Hawke’s Bay Councils.

The Tararua District Council said it was incredibly grateful for the huge efforts and donation from Horowhenua.


The Mayors of Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District attended tree planting ceremonies marking the Coronation of King Charles III.

The trees, along with plaques commemorating the Coronation, were put in at Fountaine Square in Woodville, and at A’Deane Park in Waipukurau.