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"Watching dawn break from Otatara Pa
is my favourite view in the world."
Neill from Napier.
Gauntlet thrown down
over prosperity survey
By NEILL GORDON
If he [Lawrence] shies away from
this course of travel we'd actually
wonder what the intention was
Regional council chairman
A challenge has been laid down to
Hawke s Bay s local body leaders to help
fund a regional council led study on
Hawke s Bay prosperity.
The study, which will include an exam-
ination of local government structure, is
essentially a compromise between Hast-
ings Mayor Lawrence Yule s passion for
amalgamation and Napier City Council s
allergy to any discussion of one.
Last week the regional council voted
unanimously to spend $40,000 on an
efficiency and effectiveness study that
will include examining local government
structure, planning, consenting and com-
Wrapping up the debate in front of an
unusually-full public gallery of business
leaders and Napier City councillors,
regional council chairman Fenton Wilson
said he expects a cheque with Lawren-
ce s signature on it by the end of Octo-
If he [Lawrence] shies away from this
course of travel we d actually wonder
what the intention was, Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson s comment was a reference
to how fractious the amalgamation dis-
cussion has become and perhaps also a
nod to Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott s
suggestion that Mayor Yule had a per-
sonal agenda to be super mayor of the
The regional council vote follows a
decision last month by Hastings District
Council to put $50,000 towards a similar
The big questions now are whether
Napier, Central Hawke s Bay and Wairoa
councils will contribute to a study and be
able to agree with Hastings and the
regional council on terms of reference.
In a bid to find a politically acceptable
way forward for all parties, Mr Wilson
has tried to frame the study as one on
regional prosperity, with the local gov-
ernment structure (amalgamation) ques-
tion a minor part.
As some regional councillors sought to
tweak the study proposal to elevate the
emphasis on structure, Mr Wilson
warned against it, saying that the pro-
posal as it stood had broad support.
Nevertheless, councillor Neil Kirton
succeeded in adding the words local gov-
ernment structure to a resolution passed
by council for: an assessment at a
detailed level, as to what role Local Gov-
ernment in Hawke s Bay plays in
enabling socio-economic development
and/or impeding it.
This work should examine local gov-
ernment structure, planning, consenting
and compliance frameworks, their cur-
rent state and also the pipeline of plan
strategies and plan changes under way,
the drivers for these and the value prop-
This study will also include an initial
assessment as to whether adjustments in
Local Government strategies and proc-
esses would add further value to the
Hawke s Bay economy.
The study will also provide, in collab-
oration with the TLAs [Territorial Local
Authorities] and potentially Business
Hawke s Bay, further analysis and defi-
nition of how the Hawke s Bay economy
might be further diversified and, if so,
what targets would need to be set.
The debate followed a report to council
by economist Sean Bevin and council
chief executive Andrew Newman showing
that the Bay s economic performance is
as good as, or better than, comparable
The region faced the same scenario as
the New Zealand Government when it
came to trying to lift economic perform-
ance and we shouldn t overstate what
we can do, said Mr Newman.
A substantial issue for the bay is its
lower socio-economic statistics, generally
the Maori community, which is a growing
proportion of the population, Mr
Newman said. It was critical for the
region that Maori prosperity was lifted as
they became a larger proportion of the
Bay population over the next 20 years.
The crown is focused on the Treaty
settlement process in Hawke s Bay which
would be a substantial regional economic
investment, though not as large as 1995s
$170 million Tainui settlement, Mr
Newman said. Water was another major
issue for the region, with the possibility
of almost doubling the area of irrigated
land with water storage projects.
Meanwhile, Napier residents are being
asked what they think about amalgam-
ation in a survey commissioned by
Napier City Council.
National Research Bureau is undertak-
ing the council s annual Communitrak
survey in which about 500 residents are
asked their views on various matters.
This year s survey, held last month and
this month, also asks how they feel about
the contentious issue of amalgamating
with other Hawke s Bay councils.
In a 2009 survey Napier residents were
asked if they supported amalgamation
with Hastings District Council. Sixty-one
per cent of respondents opposed the
suggestion, 29 per cent supported it and
the rest were undecided or did not care.
from the Red
Saturday s 61st Hastings Blossom Parade had an
international feel -- and the Rugby World Cup was
not the only cause.
Players and officials from the visiting French
and Canadian rugby teams were special guests in
the parade but they weren t the only international
visitors to take part, with performers from Tahiti
and Red Thunder dancers from Calgary, Canada
(in Hastings for the Takitimu Festival) also popu-
lar additions to this year s parade.
More than 1200 people on floats, rickshaws,
unicyles and foot were involved in this year s par-
ade -- which may explain why it was almost 30
minutes late in starting.
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