Mark your calendar for next Wednesday the 9th, 7p, Lindisfarne College.
That’s the Hawke’s Bay Water Forum, sponsored by BayBuzz, among others. With the Regional Council preparing to make numerous critical decisions on water issues — decisions that will determine our region’s water future for decades to come — we thought it was rather timely to focus public attention on what’s coming down the pipeline.
We’ve lined up a diverse panel …
Russel Norman – co-leader, Green Party (we expect some local MPs as well, but this is not a candidates’ forum)
Hugh Ritchie – CHB farmer, serves on the national Land & Water Forum, and our regional stakeholders group looking at water harvesting in CHB and future management of the Tukituki
Morry Black – key advisor to iwi and treaty claimant groups in Hawke’s Bay on water issues
Graham Sevicke-Jones – chief scientist from the Regional Council
Tom Belford – BayBuzz editor and occasional critic of HBRC’s water management.
We’ll be moderated by Antony Phillips, editor of Hawke’s Bay Today.
But don’t think it will just be us talking at you. The Forum is two hours and at least half of that time will be reserved for questions and discussion from the audience.
This is where you want to be next week if you have concerns about the direction of freshwater quality, allocation and management for the coming decades in HB.