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Council tightens belt and stance
Yes: A Waimarama beach reserve.
No: A plaque for Moko the dolphin statue.
Maybe: A Te Mata Peak visitor centre.
By NEILL GORDON
A $300,000 contribution towards the pur-
chase of a Waimarama beachfront res-
erve was one of just two funding
applications agreed to by the Hawke s
Bay Regional Council following annual
plan submission hearings last week.
The other green light was $10,000 for
a regional sports strategy. A dozen
diverse applications were rejected but
further investigation of two costly
projects -- a Te Mata Peak visitors centre
and Bridge Pa wineries cycle trail - was
approved. The door was also left open on
$2.5m for the Regional Sports Park.
Following two days of hearings the
council s job on Friday was to agree on
responses to 47 submissions, making for
a time-pressured and occasionally testy
Chairman Fenton Wilson came close to
ejecting Cr Liz Remmerswaal for arguing
with the chair, after earlier calling for
order when she told Cr Christine Scott to
shut up. Cr Remmerswaal, a second-term
councillor, is yet to master the standing
orders which govern council debates. Cr
Scott is a stickler for meeting procedure,
causing regular friction between the two.
That despite some discord, councillors
seemed generally united in their desire to
counter their reputation as a soft touch
Discussion over an application from
the Waipawa Settlers Museum for $4600
for glass cabinets set the tone.
Cr Alan Dick, explaining why he
opposed it, said there was a growing per-
ception the council is a funding body like
the Eastern and Central Community
Trust or the Lotteries Board and acced-
ing to requests like this, albeit worthy,
will simply reinforce that .
Cr Ewan McGregor said he too would
vote against it although it hurts as he
was the founding chairman of the
We re in difficult times and we re
going to run a tight budget.
The request was voted down along with
Wairoa Museum s $10,000 for photo-
graphic cataloguing, a plaque for a Moko
the dolphin statue at Mahia ($1500),
Film Hawke s Bay annual running costs
($20,000), A&P Society ($25,000), pur-
chase of 15.8ha by the Puketapu/Fernhill
Reserve Trust ($100,000), Waiohiki Com-
munity Complex ($500,000) and Napier
Aquahawks proposal for a regional swim-
ming pools strategy.
The council supported the Te Mata
Peak Trust Board s proposed visitors
centre but not without consulting rate-
payers and not necessarily with the $1.2
million requested, which represented 40
per cent of the $3m project. Cr Dick said
this made the $100,000 from Hastings
District Council seem quite inadequate .
Sports Park Hawke s Bay asked the
council to reallocate $2.5m previously
committed to the velodrome bid -- which
fell over in March -- to other unspecified
facilities at the park.
Cr McGregor said he supported the
park absolutely while others said any
new park project would have to be clearly
regional and approved by ratepayer con-
sultation before any of the $2.5m was
The Hawke s Bay Trails Group sought
$375,000 for 15 kilometres of limestone
cycle trail alongside roads between Uni-
son and Sileni estates, taking in nine
Bridge Pa wineries.
Cr Remmerswaal, who is a member of
the trails group, said the route was
already popular but dangerous because
cyclists were sharing the road with traffic
travelling at 100kmh or more.
The council agreed to further investi-
gate the project.
A group of prominent primary
producers calling itself Pure Hawke s
Bay asked the council to regulate to pre-
serve the region s current status as a
GM-free food producer.
The council voted to investigate the
issue and conduct community-wide con-
A request from the Cape Coast Com-
munity Group for the council to partner
with the Hastings District Council to
seek a resource consent -- costing about
$500,000 -- from the Environment Court
for a hard engineering solution to coastal
erosion between Haumoana and Clifton
Cr Christine Scott said there were
many areas of the Hawke s Bay coast
under threat of erosion.
Chairman Fenton Wilson said the
council had gone as far as we can in the
exploration of the project. We now need
to sit back and be very clear in our role.
We are the regulator.
GE Free 'best opportunity in years'
Not here: A GE-Free
NZ message was
sown in a field below
Te Mata Peak back in
Photo: JARED WHITE
A group including some of
Hawke s Bay s biggest horticul-
marketers is urging councils to
declare the region a GE-free food
Pure Hawke s Bay believes
genetically engineered food pro-
duction and outdoor field trials
involving genetically modified
organisms (GMOs) pose a threat
to the region s growers and the
It wants a ban on GE field
trials and food production in
Hawke s Bay to be ratified in the
district plans of all five councils.
Group spokesman and
Hawke s Bay grower John Bos-
tock made an oral submission to
Hastings District Council s draft
annual plan recently, requesting
funding for studies on how a
plan change implementing the
ban might be included in its
2013 10-year district plan.
In April, Whangarei District
Council voted unanimously to
regulate commercial GMO
activities under its district plan
and had indicated their prohib-
ition was likely.
Local bodies were permitted
to regulate outdoor GMOs in
their area under the Resource
We re not talking about gen-
etic modification in the lab, or
medicine. We re talking about
genetically modified organisms
released outdoors into the
Hawke s Bay environment, Mr
There is tremendous econ-
omic leverage, branding and
positioning by saying simply we
are uniquely pure .
I grow, pack and export large
volumes of produce all around
the world and I can tell you con-
sumers are increasingly con-
cerned about food safety.
GE-free corn that he sold to
Korea fetched at least US$100
(NZ$122) a metric tonne more
than corn that could not claim
The truth is we in Hawke s
Bay have no real scale; we have
very high costs and frankly
we re struggling to be competi-
tive in the world, he said.
The region needed to lift its
performance and this has to be
the lowest cost, least risk and
best opportunity you ve been
presented with in years .
Mr Bostock and his group
were due to make similar pres-
entations to Napier, Wairoa,
Central Hawke s Bay and the
Hawke s Bay regional councils.
Hastings is considering regu-
lation on GMOs and staff have
proposed further investigation
into a possible plan change.
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