Water quality. Water storage. Water allocation. Top of mind for a region that likes to grow stuff, yet wishes to protect its freshwater ecosystems and recreation opportunities, as well as its aquifers.

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TANK aims for transformation


For over six years a group of about 35 stakeholders — including Peter Beaven and me for the Regional Council — investigated the best way to manage the land, waterways…

Tom Belford03 October 2019

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Watery Origins


Ko wai? No wai? Mo wai? Who are you? Where did you come from? Who do you stand for? This is a traditional greeting protocol of Maori. “Wai” means water,…

Ngahiwi Tomoana29 January 2018

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It’s hard to choose where to begin in writing an update on the multitude of water issues confronting Hawke’s Bay. Every part of the region is grappling with challenges involving…

Tom Belford29 May 2017

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Water in the tank


“People have got to have options. There must be a plan that allows for complexity; it has to have nuance, sensitivity, not be a blunt universal tool.” BRUCE MACKAY, HEINZ…

Bridget Freeman-Rock29 March 2017

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Pristine Water?

Water Environment Health

FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, the outbreak was the focus of attention for affected families, Havelock businesses, local politicians, councils and the health system, and local and national media. Except for a…

Tom Belford02 December 2016

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Boring into Gastrogate

Water Health

Readers need little reminder of the impact of the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North. The District Health Board estimated that more than 5,000 people, approximately one-third of the 14,000 residents…

Tom Belford04 October 2016

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