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Local News - Tuesday 11th September 2018

The Hawke's Bay Regional and Central Hawke's Bay District Councils are bringing together a taskforce to manage the short, medium and long-term water quantity issues in Central Hawke's Bay.

Councillors and staff from both Councils met late last week to discuss quantity issues and potential solutions.

The meeting heard that groundwater levels in the Ruataniwha Basin have dropped due to irrigation over the last few years, but that levels are expected to stabilise to a new equilibrium with extraction limits in place.

The two councils agreed on a number of initiatives including the taskforce; undertaking a survey of residents in OngaOnga and Tikokino to better understand the current situation; and to hold a joint community forum before Christmas to discuss the challenges in CHB and increase public awareness.

Central Hawke's Bay District Council Chief Executive Monique Davidson says everyone recognises there is a significant challenge facing CHB with regards to the supply of water.

She says the Councils are committed to working together to find long term solutions, as well as supporting people and businesses through the challenges they are facing right now.

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Hauling work has begun in Takapau in preparation for the installation of fibre internet.

Work, which is expected to take about two weeks, started yesterday in Charlotte Street and Sydney Street.

A map of which areas will be able to receive fibre is on the CHB District Council Facebook page.

The installation is a joint project between Chorus and Vision Stream, and will be available from December this year.

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The first of a series of information evenings for businesses, building owners and other interested parties on earthquake prone buildings is being in CHB tonight.

The evenings are designed to provide an ongoing forum for the Community to gain an understanding of the new legislative system for earthquake prone buildings.

They will also be a chance to collectively understand the issues, impacts and opportunities for the town Centres of Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Over the coming months the forums will include a range of guest speakers.

Tonight’s session is at The Waipukurau Club from 5.30pm.