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The independent review into Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence’s response to Cyclone Gabrielle is on track to be delivered by the end of next month.  

The review is being led by former Police Commissioner, Mike Bush.  

Yesterday, Bush said good progress is being made on the review and remains on track to be delivered to the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee on Monday March 25.  

The review team received more than a thousand responses to an online survey, and also spoke with others from the community and mana whenua across the region.  

Bush said once completed, the report will move through a standard governance review and approval process, with the Committee expected to authorise the report for public release in the final week of March.

The Chair of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has welcomed the $40 million from the Government for the region’s Silt Recovery Taskforce.

The Prime Minister made the funding announcement while on a visit to the region on Sunday.

Council Chair Hinewai Ormsby said the ongoing funding support allows this important recovery mahi to continue.

She said the additional $40m would see the Taskforce regain momentum and work to restore more of the region’s productive land in the process.

Ms Ormsby said at the end of last year just over half of the silt and debris work had been completed meaning there is still a lot to do.

She said the new funding would go to removing and disposing of around 600 thousand more cubic meters of sediment and debris, unlocking a further 650 ha of land that will be returned to viable productive uses.

Tararua District Council is seeking feedback on its Draft Urban Growth Strategy.  

The strategy has been developed to help understand growth requirements for residential, commercial, and industrial areas over the next 30-years.  

The Council says it outlines the challenges faced with increased housing demand and provide recommendations for how to meet those demands.  

Drop-in sessions around the district begin this week in Dannevirke, with feedback being sought up until the 5th of March.  

Drop-in session details : 

  • Dannevirke Library, 1 Station Street 
    Thursday 15th February 2024 – 5.00pm - 7.00pm

  •  Eketāhuna Library, 31 Main Street,
    Tuesday 20th February 2024 – 5.00pm - 7.00pm

  • Pahiatua Service Centre, 136 Main Street,
    Wednesday 21st February 2024 – 5.00pm - 7.00pm

  • Tararua iSite Visitor Information Centre, 45 Vogel Street, Woodville 
    Thursday 22nd February 2024 – 5.00pm – 7.00pm

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