Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme discussed with farmers
21 December 2012
Storage Scheme discussed with farmers
Hawke’s Bay farmers and farm advisors have had the chance
to learn more about the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a
series of meetings during the last few days.
October Hawke’s Bay Regional Council voted to move the
Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme forward to the resource
consent application stage, with council’s investment
company, Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC)
taking over through the consenting phase. HBRIC will also
work with BNZ Advisory on securing investors for the project
and undertaking further activity to promote the stored
This week’s meetings were held in Hastings,
Tikokino, OngaOnga, Waipawa and Waipukurau with around 150
farmers and farm advisors, provided more information on the
scheme and the opportunities available for farmers to be
part of it.
HBRC Regional Manager Economic Development
Michael Bassett-Foss says there was a lot good discussion at
the meetings, as well as some probing questions about the
“This is the first real step towards
providing farmers and farm advisors with the information
they need to make an informed decision about being part of
the scheme,” says Mr Bassett-Foss.
He says more
forums and field days are planned early next year to give
farmers and farm advisors more opportunities to ask
questions and find out more about the scheme.
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