Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

HBRIC Ltd pleased with conservation benefits

HBRIC Ltd pleased with conservation benefits of Land Exchange agreement

Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Limited (HBRIC) is pleased it has reached a land exchange agreement with the Department of Conservation that provides significant enhancement to the conservation values of the Ruahine Forest Park and enables Central Hawke’s Bay farmers to benefit from irrigation.

The Department of Conservation has agreed to exchange 22 hectares of conservation land from the 90,000 hectare Ruahine Forest Park. The 22 hectares will be flooded by the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme reservoir. In return 170 hectares of Smedley Station will be incorporated into the park. This is land HBRIC Ltd has bought specifically for this purpose, subject to the project proceeding.

The block to be incorporated into the park includes indigenous vegetation, pasture and black beech forest and a rare wetland. It forms part of the Wakarara Range, which has different geology and great altitudinal range which supports ecosystems not present in the Ruahine Forest Park, such as naturally occurring dry west facing slops dominated by small-leaved broad leaf scrub.

DOC has run a very rigorous process including public submissions, and a public hearing on the proposed exchange. They also undertook their own comprehensive assessment of the land exchange values using ecologists from across New Zealand. The assessment found from an ecological and biological point of view the land exchange enhances the conservation values of land managed by DOC. The exchange is supported by the Hawke’s Bay and Wellington Conservation Boards and the Tamatea Taiwhenua and related hapu.

HBRIC Ltd Chief Executive Andrew Newman says the land exchange offers significant added conservation benefits to the area, over and above the offset mitigation package developed as part of the Ruataniwha Scheme proposal,

These include the exchange of an extra 24 hectares of wetland, referred to as the Donovan Gully area, which was highlighted in DOC’s assessment of the land exchange, additional Wilding Pine eradication within and adjacent to the exchange block and pest management work to enhance the habitat of the blue duck beyond the reservoir.

“These measures are seen as good stewardship for land being transferred,” says Mr Newman.

He says DOC has undertaken a thorough process, giving all parties ample opportunity to have their say.

“We see this as a win-win situation. The exchange has allowed for the development of the Ruataniwha Scheme reservoir, and at the same time given the area significant additional conservation benefits

“We are really keen to work constructively with community-based conservation groups here in Hawke’s Bay in delivering the wider environmental benefits that will arise from the Ruataniwha Scheme.”

Mr Newman says HBRIC Ltd is pleased to have the regulatory processes concluded. Work in other areas continues, including getting farmers to sign up to take water, investors to back the scheme and revalidating the cost of building the water storage scheme.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Government: Labour and Greens reach a deal

The Labour Party and the Green Party will have a Cooperation Agreement that will see the Green Party Co-leaders hold ministerial portfolios outside of Cabinet, and areas of cooperation on climate, environment and child and community wellbeing issues. More>>

 


Referendum Preliminary Results: 'Yes' On End-Of-Life, 'No' On Recreational Cannabis

End of Life Choice Referendum The referendum asked the question: 'Do you support the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force?' 65.2% Yes 33.8% No 1.0% Informal VOTES NUMBER OF VOTES RECEIVED PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL VOTES Yes 1,574,645 65.2% ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>

ALSO:


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

Election: ParityBOT_NZ Processed Nearly 200,000 Tweets To Find And Fight Online Abuse Over The NZ Election

Auckland, New Zealand: Of the almost 200,000 tweets directed at women candidates that Areto Labs’ proprietary election Twitter bot, ParityBOT_NZ, processed over the New Zealand election period, nearly 4,000 were classified as toxic and triggered ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>

ALSO:

Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels