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Cyclone Recovery - Land Categorisation

Land Categorisations 

This webpage provides general information on land categorisation areas for property owners in flood affected areas of Central Hawke’s Bay. If you are seeking information on land categorisation and what this means more broadly, please visit

On 1 June, 2023, Council started contacting property owners across Central Hawke’s Bay, letting them know the outcome of this risk assessment process and what that may mean for recovery for the area their properties are in. A regional page has been set up that describes the categories, areas, what the next steps are, and how you and your community can be involved. Please head to 

Hawke’s Bay Councils finalise the terms of a cost-sharing agreement with the Government

Earlier this month a cost-sharing agreement on how some of the most urgent cyclone recovery costs for Hawke's Bay will be funded was reached with the Government.

This agreement includes a 50/50 cost share split of Category 3 residential property buyouts between the Crown and affected Councils, significant investments towards flood protection, including in Pōrangahau, and an initial contribution towards transport recovery costs. You can read more about this announcement here.

On Thursday, 3 August, Hawke’s Bay’s five councils reached a unanimous decision to accept the terms of a cost-sharing agreement with the Government, subject to consultation with residents and ratepayers in Hastings District and Napier City.

As Central Hawke's Bay District Council currently has no category 3 areas and will not be entering a cost-sharing agreement with the Government, there is no need to consult with our communities on this proposal.

We welcome the Crown offer, recognising the important certainty and progress that the deal provides for those most affected from the cyclone in Hawke's Bay. We will continue to advocate for the future support we need from the Government for more investment to drive Central Hawke's Bay forward. 

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