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The Hawke’s Bay Horticulture Advisory Group (HBHAG) was established amid the region’s response to Cyclone Gabrielle. The primary purpose of HBHAG is to prepare for and respond to adverse events within the Hawke’s Bay region. The scope includes human welfare, business resilience, risk reduction and recovery. The group meets regularly and works closely with the Rural Advisory Group (RAG) and other cyclone recovery stakeholders to align its efforts with the wider regional recovery framework.

HBHAG’s core membership includes representatives from the following organisations:

Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers Association Inc.
Hawke’s Bay Vegetable Growers Association
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association
New Zealand Apples & Pears Inc. Summerfruit New Zealand
New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
Ministry for Primary Industries
Horticulture New Zealand
Foundation for Arable Research (FAR)

Cyclone Gabrielle Toolbox

TANK Water Use – Up to date information

Please find the following links to resources that have been developed by HortNZ: HortNZ Grower meeting pres. A & R.15 Feb 2024   HBRC presentation. HP water permits Feb 24 . . .

Actual and Reasonable Water Use – Preliminary Advice, December 2023

In a nutshell, ‘Actual and Reasonable’ use is a maximum annual volume that will be specified on the water permit that the regional council is currently processing, and that number . . .

Notification of Actual and Reasonable Volumes for TANK replacement permits

Many of you will have now received an email from HBRC outlining what they have calculated to be your Actual and Reasonable volume, which they propose would be the volume . . .

Guidance for Building Consent Applications in Te Matau a Māui/Hawke’s Bay following Cyclone Gabrielle

1. Introduction 1.1 In February 2023, Te Matau a Māui Hawke’s Bay faced devastation and loss from Cyclone Gabrielle – one of the largest natural disasters in the history of . . .

Heretaunga Plains Groundwater takes – What is Actual and Reasonable use?

 Those of you who recently received a letter from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council which stated that the regional council is going to be allocating Heretaunga Plains groundwater based on . . .

Guidelines for the Removal of Silt From Cyclone Gabrielle Affected Properties

Introduction These guidelines have been prepared to assist Hawke’s Bay horticultural growers with silt deposits on their properties, as a result of recent Cyclone Gabrielle flooding. They have been put . . .

Leases For Annual Cropping

The Horticultural Action Group (HAG) has been contacted by a number of larger vegetable growers who are interested in entering into short term leases (e.g. 1-3 years) of land impacted . . .

Guidelines For Accidental Discoveries During Silt Removal

The following guidance has been drafted to assist Hawke’s Bay horticultural growers clearing silt from their properties, resulting from Cyclone Gabrielle. This advice has been drafted to help growers appropriately . . .