Here are some meeting dates that might interest you.

Ruataniwha Dam

Transparent Hawke’s Bay is sponsoring a public forum in Waipawa on Tuesday, Dec 2, 7pm to critically examine the proposed dam scheme.

The meeting, at the CHB Theatre in Waipawa, will feature a number of well-informed critics of the scheme — Peter Fraser, policy advisor to Treasury and MAF (now MPI) looking at the project’s overall economic and financial viability; Barrie Ridler, farmer, farm advisor and former Massey lecturer on farm economics looking at the scheme’s suitability for individual farmers in CHB, and CHB farmer Andrew Wilson.

Bring your questions. Don’t expect a sales pitch!

Biodiversity Strategy

A wide range of stakeholders — land owners, farmers and growers, Fish & Game, Forest & Bird, Maori, DoC — have been working together with the Regional Council to develop a biodiversity strategy for the region.

A draft strategy is now ready for public consultation, which includes a series of public workshops scheduled next week as follows:

Wairoa — 1 December, 11:30 – 3pm, at the Wairoa Community Centre

CHB — 2 December, 12:30 – 4pm, at 260 Woburn Road, Hatuma, Waipukurau

Napier — 3 December, 9:30-12:30pm, at Kennedy Park

Havelock North — 3 December, 5 – 8:30pm, at Havelock North Community Centre (Magdalinos Room)

Each meeting will include a briefing by members of the working party, followed by small group discussions to get feedback on the draft strategy and next steps … and nibbles!

You are asked to RSVP by Friday, 28 Nov at www.hbrc.govt.nz (keyword search: biodiv) or phone 833-8061.

You can view/download the draft strategy at www.hbrc.govt.nz

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