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Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has a new Chief Executive.

Councils’ current Group Manager of Customer and Community Partnerships, Doug Tate, has been appointed to lead the Council.

Mr Tate has nearly 20 years of experience in local government around the lower North Island – the last four in Central Hawke’s Bay.

In announcing the appointment last week, Mayor Alex Walker said Mr Tate’s appointment comes after a robust and independently led nationwide recruitment campaign, that saw a depth of outstanding talent from around the country wanting to bring their skills and enthusiasm to Central Hawke’s Bay.  


Mr Tate said it is an incredible privilege to be appointed to the role.

He will commence as Chief Executive on 16 May.  Until then, Council has appointed Neil Taylor, a well-known face in the Hawke’s Bay region, as Acting Chief Executive.


Tararua District Council will hold a meeting in Dannevirke today on its draft Annual Plan.

Council is proposing an 11.37% rates increase in the coming year, and says it faces a number of challenges – including Three Waters Reform.

The meeting today is at the Dannevirke Christian Fellowship Hub from 1 to 4pm.