Social and cultural assessment of the draft TANK plan


This is a digital (video) recording of a PowerPoint presentation given to the Hawke’s Bay TANK stakeholder group on the 26th June 2018. The research underpinning this PowerPoint presentation was commissioned by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council as part of their section 32 (RMA 1991) assessment of possible social and cultural effects linked with a proposed (future) implementation of the current draft TANK plan.

The word ‘TANK’ is an acronym for the names of 4 catchments/rivers (Karamu, Ngaruroro, Tūtaekurī and Ahuriri) in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand that contain approximately 85% of the region’s human population. Intensive agriculture and horticultural farming practices along with urban production and consumption activities have resulted in a longterm decline in aquatic ecosystem wellbeing within TANK sub-catchments. In response to growing local community concern and the recent provisions of New Zealand’s national freshwater policy statement the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are seeking to create a 10 year plan for the strategic management of these sub-catchment aquatic ecosystems. For more information about the TANK project you can visit the TANK webpage or refer to the following short video’s located on YouTube.

The TANK Plan – The TANK Plan looks at the effects of land and water use on the Heretaunga Plains, its interconnected waterways and aquifer. In this video HBRC Scientist Anna Madarasz-Smith gives an overview of the project.

TANK and farmers and growers – How the TANK project effects, and works with, Farmers and Growers in Hawke’s Bay

TANK and the Ahuriri Estuary – How the TANK project is making policies and rules to limit sediment, nutrients and stormwater from entering the Ahuriri Estuary to improve water quality and bird and marine life.

TANK and stormwater – The TANK project will be looking at stormwater management to achieve better water quality outcomes, particularly for the urban areas of Napier and Hastings.

TANK and healthy waterways – How the TANK project has a commitment to keep rivers running healthily, protect water supply to homes, swimming, fishing, cultural values, crop security, industry and other uses for water.

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