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HBRC Corporate and Strategic Committee Meeting

Media Release

13 December 2013

HBRC Corporate and Strategic Committee Meeting

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Corporate and Strategic Committee meeting was held on Wednesday 11 December. The key decisions/recommendations were:

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Board of Directors

The Committee is recommending to the full Council meeting on 18 December that the Councillor Directors, who must retire from the HBRIC Ltd role 3 months following the election, not be replaced. This addresses the perceived conflict of interest over decisions relating to the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. The committee resolved to recommend that two subject matter experts be appointed.

HBRC Staff Accommodation – Taradale and Wairoa

The Committee recommends that Council approve the refurbishment of the Guppy Road, Taradale office, which houses the HBRC Operations Group, at a cost of $410,000 plus gst; the work is essential to bring the building up to current recommended standards. However the Committee recommends that a different approach be taken to accommodate staff at Wairoa. Refurbishment of the current space costing $285,000 plus gst was proposed by staff. The current space is shared by Department of Conservation staff who require more meeting areas. The Committee has recommended that a working party look at other accommodation in the township as an alternative to renovation.

Hawke’s Bay Local Government Reorganisation Draft Proposal

The Committee recommends that Council make a submission to the reorganisation draft proposal after further discussion with all Councillors at the Environmental Management Services Committee and with the Maori Committee. They recommend that the submission should reinforce the need for any local government structure within Hawke’s Bay to have a specific focus on the management of natural resources given the region’s strong linkages to the primary production sector.

Oil And Gas Exploration Policy Development

The Committee considered an initial report on how best to gather public input on development policy for exploration in the region. NZ Petroleum and Minerals staff were present at the meeting as P&M are willing to partner with HBRC in the process. The Committee will recommend that Council also expand the public discussion to include renewable, sustainable energy policy and planning.

ENDS


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