Hawke's Bay Region

Federated Farmers Hawkes Bay advocates on members’ behalf to Hawkes bay Regional Council, Hastings District Council, and Central Hawkes Bay District Council, on all matters that will affect farmers. Every year we submit on council rates income and spending plans, and also on any Resource Management Act proposals.

 A current job on the books include the Hawkes Bay Regional Council’s Plan Change 7, in which the Council identifies 38 waterbodies as meeting their criteria as being “outstanding” and a suite of objectives and policies to protect them. Federated Farmers disagreed because the large number of waterbodies, the massive size of some of them (the Heretaunga aquifer) and all five of the major Hawkes Bay Rivers being classified, suggests to us that the threshold for “outstandingness” is too low.  It is also Federated Farmers expectation that the Regional Council consults directly with landowners, which did not happen.   

What's been happening

TDC Super Consultation Round One Submission

Posted on 8/03/2022
TDC are consulting on several proposals over the next few months, which they have packaged as the ‘2022 Super Consultation’. FF submission to Round One set out early comments on the proposed District Strategy, the Water Supply Bylaw and Water Tank

Submission to the proposed Central Hawke's Bay District Plan

Posted on 11/08/2021
Hawke’s Bay Federated Farmers has submitted on the Central Hawke’s Bay District Plan. Hot topics included SNA's, vegetation clearance, Outstanding Natural Features and Significant Amenity Features. Any changes need to be practical for farming.

Submission on the Central Hawke's Bay District Council Draft Long Term Plan 2021-31

Posted on 31/03/2021
Hawke’s Bay Federated Farmers welcomes this chance to submit on the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council draft Long Term Plan for 2021-2031