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Community voice critical to local recovery planning

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Following the announcement of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Recovery Model, preparations to develop a Central Hawke’s Bay Local Recovery Plan and ensure the voice of the community is placed front and centre of the plan are underway.
Alex Walker, Central Hawke's Bay Mayor, has worked alongside mana whenua leaders from Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea and Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust in the regional discussions on the Hawke’s Bay approach to recovery but now is time to work directly with local Tamatea/Central Hawke’s Bay residents. Mayor Walker said a series of meetings throughout the district will be held in the next few weeks, along with opportunities for everyone to share their thoughts online.
The local recovery plan will look at the urgent and long-term resilience and repair work required following the devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle and will feed into the Regional Recovery Plan.
‘We cannot underestimate the significant impact of Cyclone Gabrielle and how we need to respond to this as a District. We also know that many people have questions about what happened during and after the cyclone,” says Mayor Alex Walker.
‘Like we did for Project Thrive, community will be in the driving seat for how we prioritise our existing work programmes and new work because of the cyclone. As a community we’re going to have to make some decisions about how we reimagine our approach to rebuilding and investing as well as make the most of any opportunities along the way.
“The big picture view of recovery for Central Hawke’s Bay is going to require a coordinated and bold approach – locally, regionally and nationally. The strength and success of the plan will come from ensuring we have our local communities and mana whenua involved from the start.”
More information about the dates and times of the community meetings will be published on the Council website, Facebook page and in community forums in the coming week.

22 March 2023

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