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Staff working hard to get Blue Bay ready

Council is working hard to get the necessary infrastructure in place for the development at Blue Bay.

23 November 2017

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Statistics New Zealand heading to Wairoa for Census 2018

Statistics New Zealand (Tatauranga Aotearoa) are coming to Wairoa to bring together people from key organisations and talk about the 2018 Census.

17 November 2017

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Coveted New Zealand cook Allyson Gofton heads to Wairoa for Starship Fundraiser

Organisers of this month's annual Waihua Christmas Fete are delighted to announce the guest appearance of a coveted New Zealand cook.

15 November 2017

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Thank you for your feedback on Council's 10-year plan

Council would like to thank each and every one of you who submitted your feedback around our 10-year plan.

6 November 2017

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Stern reminder to dog owners

Over the Labour Weekend period, Council’s Animal Control Team spoke to three people in Māhia who became “extremely abusive”, forcing them to produce a warrant card.

27 October 2017

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Council sick and tired of fly dumping around Wairoa district

Council is frustrated with all the fly dumping happening at Whakamahia Beach and other areas around the district.

16 October 2017

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Council keen to see Blue Bay thriving again

Mayor Craig Little is welcoming the 35 new property owners who recently purchased lots at Blue Bay.

16 October 2017

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Work to begin on new playground site

Council will begin preparation work for the construction of the Wairoa's new destination playground.

11 October 2017

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Council's dog control officers and their responsibilities

Responding to reports of barking and wandering dogs around the Wairoa district, attacks on people, and putting roaming stock off the road is all in a day’s work for Council’s animal control team.

9 October 2017

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Tukua Mai, Wairoa! Come and see us with your ideas for making Wairoa a great place to live, work, play

Council is encouraging you to keep an eye out for dates and locations where Council’s community caravan will be parked over the coming weeks.

5 October 2017

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Mokotahi Boat Ramp and Moana Drive Works Māhia: notice to households

Council will be undertaking work on the Mokotahi Boat Ramp and Moana Drive (Newcastle St to the beach front)

4 October 2017

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Workshop designed to plan for the future of your marae being held

Are you involved with your marae and interested in planning for the future?

26 September 2017

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Tukua mai! Share your ideas with us on what makes Wairoa a great place to live, work & play

Tukua mai, Wairoa! It’s time to celebrate OUR place.

14 September 2017

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Advance voting underway in Wairoa: Here are the locations

Advance voting for the 2017 Elections is now open at the WAIROA WAR MEMORIAL HALL, at 93 Queen Street.

14 September 2017

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Vape shop owner's crusade to stub out the ciggies

A new flavour is lighting up Wairoa, and the masterminds behind it are hoping everyone will join in on the action too.

12 September 2017

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Warning for dog owners: Be responsible!

Seven serious dog attacks across the district last week has prompted Wairoa District Council’s animal control team to issue a stern warning to dog owners.

12 September 2017

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Tsunami warning for parts of NZ following 8.2 magnitude quake in Mexico

Ministry of Civil Defence warning.

8 September 2017

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Council fixing rates error

As Mayor I am writing to the Wairoa community regarding the feedback we have been receiving about the recent rates increases.

7 September 2017

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OPINION: Taxpayers' Union report and media releases 'criticise performance without providing context'

The Taxpayers’ Union’s analysis is as about as accurate as judging the fairness of car prices without knowing whether they’re electric vehicles, SUVs or Formula One racers.

30 August 2017

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Wairoa's water reservoirs get an upgrade

Wairoa’s new water reservoir in the Tawhara Valley will be commissioned and will come online next week, adding much needed resilience for the Wairoa community.

25 August 2017

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Wairoa extends warm welcome to its newest Kiwi citizens

Mayor Craig Little presented Blen and Lorna Durante, and Agnes Ejem with their certificates of New Zealand citizenship.

24 August 2017

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Crews working tirelessly to restore road networks across Wairoa district

The Wairoa district has endured what has been one of our wettest winters in a while, and it has put some strain on our local roads.

17 August 2017

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Councils, including Wairoa, need your feedback on electoral systems

Hawke’s Bay residents are being asked to familiarise themselves with two electoral systems – First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV) - before deciding which they prefer.

4 August 2017

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Council's new interim CEO ensuring operations are running as usual

Wairoa District Council has chosen former Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (CHBDC) CEO John Freeman to look after Council operations, while the recruitment process gets underway to replace former CEO Fergus Power.

2 August 2017

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Engineering boss set for special mission in United States

Council’s engineering manager Jamie Cox has his mind set on a special mission in the United States next month, after winning an international study award.

2 August 2017

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Council formally adopts Te Reo Māori Policy after powerful submissions hearing

The courage of a 12-year-old kura kaupapa student was on full display this morning as the Wairoa District Council deliberated on its Te Reo Māori Policy.

18 July 2017

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Record numbers take advantage of Council's microchipping amnesties

Council had a record number of Wairoa dogs microchipped over the past three weekends during its free amnesty events across the district.

27 June 2017

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Statute barred rates

The Wairoa District Council at its meeting last week resolved to write off almost $300,000 worth of unpaid or Statute Barred rates.

26 June 2017

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Search on for new Council CEO

The search is on for a new CEO for the Wairoa District Council and at an extraordinary meeting last Friday, Council approved to contract the services of Equip to assist in the process.

26 June 2017

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Council CEO Fergus Power resigns to take up new role as CEO of Waitaki District Council

Mr Power announced his resignation to Mayor Craig Little, Councillors, the Māori Standing Committee chair and deputy chair, and staff earlier this week.

22 June 2017

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SH2 closed between Napier and Wairoa on Sunday morning

NZTA advises that State Highway 2 between Napier and Wairoa will be closed north of Aropaoanui Road, on Sunday 18 June between 08.30am and 10.30 am.

16 June 2017

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Council profiles departing intern, Wairoa woman and Bachelor of Business student, Veronica Bramley

Wairoa will always be home for local girl, and EIT student, Veronica Bramley.

8 June 2017

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Wairoa blasts to the front of the queue for rollout of ultra-fast broadband

Mayor Craig Little is over the moon after receiving confirmation that Wairoa has been blasted to the front of the queue for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband (UFB2).

7 June 2017

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Council considering amendment to Wairoa's urban residential rates

Council will consider amending Wairoa’s urban residential rates after it received feedback in July last year from urban ratepayers who saw a reduction in their land value.

2 June 2017

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Council assessing slip plane on main road at Black's Beach, Māhia

This week the Nuhaka-Opoutama Road has formed a significant crack across and through the centre line.

31 May 2017

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Wairoa welcomes its newest Kiwi citizens

Wairoa warmly welcomed its newest Kiwis at an official citizenship ceremony on Thursday.

30 May 2017

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Wairoa District Council to install new boundary signs

When you drive into the Wairoa district from Napier or Gisborne in the next two weeks, you’ll notice the new bilingual "Haere Mai ki Te Wairoa" boundary signs greeting residents and visitors.

23 May 2017

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Have your say on Wairoa District Council's Class 4 Gaming Venue and TAB Venue Policies

Wairoa District Council is now asking the local community to have its say on whether it should make any changes to its current Class Four Gaming Venue Policy and its TAB Venue Policy.

16 May 2017

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Wairoa District Council adopts Te Reo Māori Policy, first of its kind in NZ

Wairoa District Council is now well on course to transforming the district into New Zealand’s first bilingual community after today implementing a Te Reo Māori Policy.

10 May 2017

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Mayor Craig Little invites you to a one-hour Youth Employment Programme workshop

The Wairoa Young Achievers Trust has partnered with COMET (Auckland) to bring the Licence to Work programme to Wairoa.

5 May 2017

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Wairoa District Council on course to becoming first to implement Te Reo Māori Policy

Wairoa District Council is on course to become the first local council in New Zealand to implement a Te Reo Māori Policy.

3 May 2017

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National survey seeks Wairoa residents' and other New Zealanders' views on water

Water New Zealand has just launched a major survey which it hopes will help the water sector grapple with the growing challenges around planning and managing the country’s water resources.

1 May 2017

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Revocation of Restricted Fire Season

Revocation of restricted fire season in the rural and urban fire district.

16 March 2017

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Revocation of Prohibited Fire Season

Revocation of prohibited fire season in the rural and urban fire district.

7 March 2017

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Service Changes to Wairoa's Recycling Collections

The Wairoa District Council will work with QRS to implement service changes to recycling collections.

1 February 2017

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Total Fire Ban for the entire Wairoa District

A total fire ban is now in place for the entire Wairoa district says Wairoa District Council Rural Fire Officer, Paul van Dorrestein.

12 January 2017

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Total Fire Ban for Māhia, Opoutama, Māhanga, Nūhaka & Mōrere

A total fire ban is now in place for the Māhia, Opoutama, Māhanga, Nūhaka and Mōrere areas (including all beaches and through SH2 to our northern boundary) in preparation for the holiday season says Wairoa District Council Rural Fire Officer, Paul van Dorrestein.

21 December 2016

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Wairoa’s newest Kiwis

Wairoa welcomed its newest Kiwis at an official citizenship ceremony last week.

9 December 2016

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Wairoa’s iconic lighthouse getting some TLC

The Wairoa Lighthouse will be undergoing some refurbishment over the coming weeks.

25 November 2016

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Statutory Reserves Board - Matangirau

Earlier this year, the Wairoa District Council gave its unanimous support for the establishment of a Statutory Reserves Board, known as Matangirau.

17 November 2016

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Stray Cats

The issue of stray cats is rearing its ugly head again says Bylaw Enforcement Team Leader, Paul van Dorrestein.

11 November 2016

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Restricted Fire Season imposed for Māhia, Opoutama and Mahanga

A restricted fire season was imposed on the Māhia, Opoutama and Mahanga areas (including all beaches) last week in preparation for the summer season says Wairoa District Council Rural Fire Officer, Paul van Dorrestein.

27 October 2016

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Wairoa Leads Service Resilience Approach

The New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) released a report on Thursday on ensuring community resilience while implementing austerity measures.

22 July 2016

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Wairoa District Council selected as a Foundation Council for new standards programme

The Wairoa District Council is pleased to announce it has been selected as a Foundation Council for the recently announced local government New Zealand standards programme.

11 July 2016

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Wairoa Public Library Winter Warmers Reading Programme

Staff at the Wairoa Public Library have been busy the last couple of weeks preparing to deliver their popular Winter Warmers Reading Programme which started yesterday, 27th June and will go through till the 5th of August.

24 June 2016

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CCTV in Wairoa

Several latest-generation CCTV cameras have been installed and will be trialled in Wairoa township to boost public safety.

22 June 2016

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Wairoa Community Patrol signs partnership agreement with the Wairoa District Council

Volunteers from the Wairoa Community Patrol were at Council Forum last week to sign a partnership agreement with the Wairoa District Council.

20 June 2016

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Matariki Flags

Do you know the Māori names of each of the seven stars which make up the Matariki constellation? Wairoa District Council Māori Relationships Manager, David Tipoki says Matariki has traditionally heralded the Māori New Year and in modern times is seen as the Māori Thanksgiving.

27 May 2016

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Wairoa ANZAC Day Commemorations 2016

Wairoa is getting ready to commemorate this year's ANZAC Day.

21 April 2016

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Restricted Fire Season Revoked

Mild weather conditions means that the Wairoa District Council is able to lift the Restricted Fire Season.

30 March 2016

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Wairoa Pa Haka heads off to the Trustpower national community awards

The Trustpower national community awards will be held in Dunedin this weekend and the Te Wairoa Pa Haka Festival will be one of 24 entries from throughout the country competing for the national title.

15 March 2016

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Work begins on walkway extension at Whakamahia

Work begun last week on a new limestone walkway extension that will continue from Rangi-houa / Pilot Hill down to the Whakamahi/Lagoon road intersection.

10 March 2016

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Fly dumping in Wairoa

Wairoa District Council Engineering Manager, Jamie Cox is getting frustrated with all the fly dumping happening and is calling on the community to keep an eye out for illegal dumping.

10 March 2016

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New Building Control Officer

After an extensive recruitment process, the Wairoa district finally has a new Building Control Officer (BCO) which now brings the team to two.

9 March 2016

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Wairoa’s newest Kiwis

Wairoa welcomed four new Kiwis at an official citizenship ceremony last week. Mayor Craig Little presented the recipients with certificates of citizenship giving them a formal welcome to the town and country.

12 February 2016

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Free Lunch-Time Jamms

Following the success of the Lunch-Time Jamm series in December, a further three have been organised starting tomorrow, Wednesday January 20.

15 January 2016

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Sight rails being removed

Sight rail sections recently installed near the Mohaka township have been removed and Wairoa District Council Engineering Manager, Jamie Cox says that he’s really disappointed that people would even think of removing roadside sight rails.

12 January 2016

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Excited to call Wairoa home

“I come from a long line Brass Bandsmen. My grandfather played the cornet during WW2 and for Queen Elizabeth on her first royal tour. I and my brothers have all been involved with brass bands and I have been a member of the RNZAF Territorial Bands for over 17 years. Before my move here I was the section leader in the RNZAF Auckland Band.”

8 January 2016

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