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Wednesday 6th December

Tararua District Council staff, councillors and civil defence volunteers paid a visit to Hawke’s Bay recently.
The trip, organised by the Council’s resilience manager Paddy Driver, took in the Hastings District Council emergency operations centre, a visit to Haumoana Beach, and a briefing by a staff member of East Coast LAB based at the National Aquarium in Napier.

Mr Driver said the Kaikoura earthquake last November had a massive impact on the eastern plate boundary off the east coast of Tararua, resulting in slow slip activity in the Hikurangi subduction zone.

A subduction zone is where one tectonic plate dives under another plate, causing a megathrust.

Mr Driver said with the Hikurangi plate boundary the fastest moving slow slip in New Zealand, it is not a question of if it will happen - it is now a question of when it happens.

He said educating civil defence staff was vital as slow slips could set off faults in Tararua, and had the potential to cause a major earthquake.

Mr Driver said there is also a real risk of tsunami at the likes of Akitio and Herbertville.

He said the tour had been highly successful and everyone had learnt a lot from it.
There has been a sharp increase in alleged poaching cases at Te Angiangi Marine Reserve.

The Department of Conservations’ Hawke’s Bay Operations Manager Connie Norgate says seven people have been apprehended in as many weeks for illegally fishing at the Reserve, located between Blackhead and Aramoana beaches.

Those suspected are alleged to have either fished from kayaks or taken kina and paua.

She says it is a really high number, especially for one of the smaller reserves under DOC’s care.

Ms Norgate says Department staff have gone to great lengths to erect large signs in many different places around the Reserve to alert the public of the rules and regulations, and in some cases, the alleged offenders have passed up to seven signs on their way into it.

She says at least one was parked directly in front of a sign, and all of the offending has been carried out in full view of the large metre by three metre bright orange triangles which mark the boundaries of the Reserve.

Under the Marine Reserves Act, penalties for taking marine life from a marine reserve include up to three months in prison, fines of up to
$10,000 and possible forfeiture of boats and fishing equipment.
A woman in her 70’s was injured after a 4-wheeled farm vehicle rolled on a farm east of Waipawa yesterday.

Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter General Manager, Ian Wilmot, said the woman was given pain relief and treatment by a St John Paramedic.

She was flown to Hawke’s Bay Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has had to cancel its Regional Planning Committee meeting today.

One of the main items on the agenda was for the committee to revisit a decision on deferring the implementation of new minimum flows under Tukituki Plan Change 6.

The new limits are due to come in on the 1st of July next year, however without the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, a delegation from the Central Hawke's Bay community presented a case for deferring the increased minimum flows.

At its meeting last month, the Regional Planning Committee voted not to allow a deferral.

The Regional Council said in a media statement yesterday afternoon that today’s meeting had been cancelled due to fact there was no quorum.