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The 160-year-old Napier winemaker Mission
Estate had its latest improvements officially
opened by Prime Minister John Key last week.
The new winery incorporated modern refriger-
ation systems enabling wine processing with a
minimal carbon footprint, said Mission chief
executive Peter Holley.
Tilt slab thermo-mass construction, with high
tech insulated walls and ceilings, helps to keep
energy use at approximately one quarter of the
The winery is operated under an environmental
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Cape Coast going fast
Going, going, gone: Houses to the north end of Clifton Road at Haumoana have already
succumbed to the sea. John Bridgeman is determined that his home at the south of the
beach will not be added to the statistics.
By DIANE JOYCE
The sea is likely to take another six
metres of land at Haumoana in the next
10 years, and at least one homeowner on
the coast wants permission to buy some
time while the powers-that-be consider a
long term erosion solution.
A joint Hawke s Bay Regional Council
and Hasting District Council resource
consent hearing on John Bridgeman s
application to build a new seawall in
front of his Clifton Road property was
held last week.
At the expected rate of accretion and at
the speed local Government moved, there
would be no homes to protect by the time
a decision was reached, said Mr
Bridgeman s lawyer, David Kirkpatrick.
Mr Bridgeman needed consent from
The regional council opposed the new
wall, while the district council supported
the application, albeit for 10 years rather
than the desired 20.
Mr Bridgeman s new wall would be
within his surveyed boundary and would
have a less than minor impact on
neighbouring properties and the wider
environment, his experts told the three
Regional council staff said the effects
on the adjacent properties, both owned by
Mr Bridgeman, would be much more
than minor, and the structure was likely
to speed up the expected erosion in the
immediate area by 25 per cent.
They believed that because the wall
would be 2.5 metres further out than the
existing one, built in 2003, it would cause
the ocean to take six metres of land in
just under eight years rather than the
forecast 10, and 12 metres in 15 years.
A Hastings District Council report last
year estimated that 66 properties in the
area were expected to be lost to erosion
HBRC senior consents officer Paul
Barrett said Hastings District Council
was in the process of considering whether
groynes could be built into the sea to
protect all of the Haumoana beach
He said Mr Bridgeman should rely on
his existing sea wall, which had an
estimated life of 10 years, until that
decision was made.
He acknowledged that the next steps
would be time consuming.
It is true that there will be time delays
associated with obtaining of consent for a
groyne field option and, if successful, the
constructing of the groynes.
The district council was also consider-
ing managed retreat , an option Mr
Bridgeman s lawyer said was closer to
abandonment than management.
Mr Kirkpatrick said it was imperative
that Mr Bridgeman be allowed to protect
his property while waiting for local Gov-
ernment to come up with a long term
Mr Bridgeman has a real concern that
his [home] will not be protected in time,
as councils deliberate.
At the end of the second day of the
hearing, on Thursday, the commissioners
adjourned the hearing for four weeks,
asking that experts investigate whether
gravel replenishment would mitigate
some of the effects that regional staff
were concerned about.
Hawke s Bay Hospital had to postpone elective
surgery last week to help free up demand on
overloaded hospital services.
Resources have been stretched at the hospital
after a spike in admissions at the weekend.
Acting chief operating officer Chris McKenna
said postponing elective surgery was a last resort
but was needed to relieve the pressure on hospital
wards and intensive care.
Clinicians are coping with the pressure. How-
ever, it s very challenging and we are having to
use overflow beds to cope with demand on
While there was no pandemic, many elderly
people were admitted at the weekend because they
failed to seek medical attention before they got so
sick they needed emergency care.
The DHB was urging the public to see their GP
in the first instance.
Unless it s an emergency anyone who presents
at the emergency department can expect to wait
for a long time while staff deal with the seriously
ill and injured.
On average the emergency department saw 100
people a day. That rose to 120 on the Sunday
before the surgery cancellation. The aim was to
see, assess, admit or discharge people within six
Mrs McKenna asked the community to keep an
eye on elderly residents in their neighbourhood
and help them get medical attention from a GP
before they needed emergency care.
Age Concern Hastings manager Ruth Lockley
said affordability and accessibility influenced
whether an older person would visit a doctor.
People living on New Zealand Superannuation
and a little extra have to think twice before spend-
ing the $50 or more it can cost to visit their GP.
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