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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has adopted the draft of a new District Plan.

The current District Plan was last publicly notified in June 1997, and adopted in 2003.

The reviewed Plan reflects the surge of positivity and growth the district is experiencing, and the aspirations of the Central Hawke’s Bay Community identified through the recent Project THRIVE.

Mayor Alex Walker says the Council has confidence in how the review of the District Plan has been aligned to the priorities identified during Project Thrive.

She says Project Thrive highlighted that Council needed to create a framework that balanced protecting our environment and identity, with the visions for growth and opportunity.

District Plan Manager Helen O'Shaughnessy says with twenty years to catch up on, this has been a substantial body of work.

She says the next phase is to finalise a few remaining areas of the draft plan before going out for consultation.

Helen says to do this, Council is designing a schedule to connect with our rural community, iwi and business community, as well as the wider district over the next twelve months.


Fliers will start being delivered this week in preparation for the upcoming CHB Can-Do Collection.

Organiser Max Lyver from PGG Wrightson said the fliers are to alert the generous people of CHB to start putting their goodies in a bag for collection on Thursday the 15th of November.

A number of organisations will be involved in the collection, which will take place between 6 and 7pm on the 15th.

Donations of non-perishable food items can also be dropped in PGG Wrightson on Takapau Road in Waipukurau.