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Progress on repair of Tuai dropout

A 20-metre dropout along the lake edge at Tuai is under repair.

5 December 2018

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Wastewater discharge consent lodged

Years of research, investment and community consultation culminated in the Wairoa District Council lodging its wastewater discharge consent application with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council last Thursday.

4 December 2018

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Focus on the community

The Wairoa District Council staff reorganisation came into effect yesterday.

4 December 2018

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Rates rebate subsidy available

The second instalment of the Wairoa District Council rates is due for payment in less than a fortnight.

20 November 2018

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Feedback on new look website encouraged

The new look Wairoa District Council website is live.

20 November 2018

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High water usage targeted

Weather patterns, water storage and cost efficiencies are all drivers behind the launch of a Wairoa District Council leak detection programme.

20 November 2018

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Spotlight on Gaiety volunteers

It’s business as usual at Wairoa’s Gaiety Theatre.

13 November 2018

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Blue Bay water supply options being considered

Blue Bay residents are considering two future water supply options being proposed by the Wairoa District Council.

12 November 2018

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Consultation - Blue Bay Water Supply

Unfortunately the water upgrade for the Blue Bay sections will not be completed by Christmas 2018 as initially planned. Council have considered possible solutions to solve the Blue Bay water challenges and now wish to formally engage with affected property owners.

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Power lines heading underground

Campbell Street is about to have a make-over with a section of overhead power lines set to be moved underground.

5 November 2018

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Road Closure

Closure of road(s)/street(s) to all traffic

Pursuant to section 342(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 1974, notice is hereby given that the Wairoa District Council, for the purpose of Rocket Lab Ltd implementing operational safety requirements, will close the following roads to all traffic (including pedestrian traffic) for the periods indicated hereunder.

31 October 2018

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Mahia still number one for Rocket Lab launches

Rocket Lab’s Mahia Launch Complex 1 site will remain the company’s highest volume launch site - complemented by the development of a US launch site.

26 October 2018

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Draft Local Approved Products Policy

Council is considering whether it should adopt a Local Approved Products Policy, and if they adopt a Local Approved Products Policy what should be included in the policy. It considers that this is a matter for local communities to decide, there is also a legislative requirement for the special consultative procedure to be used.

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Steady Increase in Residential Property Values

The Wairoa District Rating Revaluation for 2018 is now confirmed and property owners will soon receive a 2018 Notice of Rating Valuation with an updated rating value for their property.

12 October 2018

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Provincial Growth Fund Update

Communities working together for better outcomes is already being recognised as a positive spin-off from the Provincial Growth Fund.
A month in from Wairoa receiving a $250,000 capability funding boost and Wairoa Mayor Craig Little, can already see massive potential.

9 October 2018

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Rural Connectivity Group

Connecting some of the district’s most isolated areas is underway.
The Rural Connectivity Group has begun work to establish 11 new sites to improve broadband and mobile infrastructure in some of Wairoa’s most isolated areas.

9 October 2018

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Wairoa District Council staff reorganisation proposal

A Wairoa District Council staff reorganisation proposal is underway.

9 October 2018

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Blue Bay drinking water upgrade on hold

The Blue Bay Opoutama drinking water upgrade has been put on hold following an intervention by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health.

3 October 2018

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Rates notices expected to be out this week

The 2018/19 rates were set at an extraordinary Council meeting last week with Councillors approving a final projected average rate increase of 4 percent.

3 October 2018

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Wairoa landfill charges set to change next month

Landfill charges will increase next month but are still a lot cheaper than neighbouring regions.

19 September 2018

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Council has 4th lowest rates in NZ - report

The report reveals Wairoa’s low rates are on the back of below average operational and staff costs and debt level.

14 September 2018

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Wairoa receives tourism funding boost

Wairoa projects will receive $145,000 as part of the latest round of funding from the Government's tourism infrastructure fund.

14 September 2018

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Wairoa residents urged to conserve water following heavy rain

Due to High rain fall the Wairoa Water Treatment Plant is unable to produce water.

6 September 2018

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Wairoa now connected with first of fibre rollout

proving Wairoa’s connectivity began earlier this year with the first completed Fibre Flexibility Point (FFP) now good to go and six local households signed up to the ultra-fast broadband.

22 August 2018

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Opoutama Beach Accretion and Road Stop

Wairoa District Council, pursuant to Section 342 of the Local Government Act 1974, and the 10th Schedule thereof, proposes to 'stop' a 5.6019ha portion of unformed legal road in Blue Bay, Opoutama.

20 August 2018

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Camaraderie and common sense see slip moved

Report by Quality Roading and Services, Wairoa.

7 August 2018

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Dog attacks prompt warning and registration reminder

Three separate dog attacks on sheep is three-too-many for Council, which is why the animal control team is warning locals to keep control of their dogs at all times.

7 August 2018

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Five groups receive $3k each for Wairoa River projects

The Wairoa River is the focus of this year’s Eastland Group Wairoa Community Contestable Grants Scheme.

6 August 2018

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Work now underway to clear large slip on SP38 Road, Lake Waikaremoana

Council is advising that the Special Purpose 38 Road is closed, 14km north of Aniwaniwa, following initial reports of a significant slip.

24 July 2018

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Locals urged to comply with pool regulations

Council will be sending out notification letters to properties that have been identified as potentially having swimming pools.

18 July 2018

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Council taking on new initiative to champion Maori education in Wairoa

Council, through its engagement with recreation and sport industry training organisation Skills Active Aotearoa, has signed on to a new on-job training programme that will champion Te Reo Māori, tīkanga and education in Wairoa.

16 July 2018

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Wairoa set to be on mobile phones worldwide by end of year

A group of “champions” across the Wairoa district could have their own stories published on mobiles worldwide by December this year thanks to a nil-fee digital app course delivered in Wairoa by AUT University.

4 July 2018

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Council and Wairoa Community Ngahere Nursery unite

A seed agreement between Council and local group Wairoa Community Ngahere Nursery could see major environmental growth and improvements for the district.

21 June 2018

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Road closures during Rocket Lab launch window

Closure of roads and streets to all traffic for Rocket Launch - It's Business Time.

20 June 2018

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Use Blucks Pit Road to view rocket launches

As Rocket Lab gears up for its new rocket launch window, Council is reminding people that they can view the launch in Nuhaka.

19 June 2018

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Wairoa District Council's Representation Review 2018

This outline sets out Council's initial proposal for representation arrangements for the 2019 and 2022 elections.

15 June 2018

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Initial proposal for representation for 2019/22 elections

A public poll held during the 2016 local government elections confirmed the introduction of one or more Maori wards.

15 June 2018

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Warning: keep dogs under control

As a dog owner you have obligations to ensure that your dog is kept under control at all times - Council's Bylaw Enforcement Officer.

12 June 2018

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Increase in number of barking dogs

Over the last month there has been an increase in the number of complaints received from members of the public regarding barking dogs.

12 June 2018

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Wairoa urged to prepare for heavy rain

Wairoa and Hawke’s Bay residents are being urged to be prepared with heavy rain expected to hit the region later tonight.

11 June 2018

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Stock exclusion and native planting at Whakakī

Stock exclusion and native planting have been the focus at Whakakī Lake in the last few weeks as the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council undertakes work in the identified Hot Spot.

11 June 2018

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Requests for expressions of interest

The Wairoa District Council on behalf of the Wairoa Community Partnerships Group is now calling for Expressions of Interest for The Wairoa Job Shop.

11 June 2018

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Kinikini Road in Mahia closed

COUNCIL has closed Kinikini Road in Mahia after recent weather events over the past 48 hours contributed to the development of new cracks in the road.

7 June 2018

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Mayor: Council well-aware of wastewater issues

Mayor Craig Little discusses issues around the wastewater system.

6 June 2018

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Have your say on LTP to help plan our future - Mayor

The current long-term plan contains 10 significant projects Council needs to focus on.

6 June 2018

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World Oceans Day

Wairoa - first town to take part in Oceans Day

A small group of community champions are taking to Wairoa streets on Friday morning to pick up plastic and rubbish.

6 June 2018

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It's time to rug up but don't forget your pets, Wairoa

As Wairoa starts breaking out the winter woollies, Council is reminding animal owners not to forget their pets too.

6 June 2018

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Wairoa gets down to business for Business Week 2018

Engaging with and supporting local businesses is the essence of the upcoming Wairoa Business week in July.

6 June 2018

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Wairoa welcomes its newest Kiwi citizens

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

1 June 2018

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Consultation on draft Long Term Plan 2018-28

Explore the 2018-28 draft Long Term Plan and Consultation document and make a submission

29 May 2018

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Safety zones during Rocket Lab launch

Rocket Lab is opening a 14-day launch window from June 23 to July 6.

28 May 2018

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Council committed to uplifting community in 2018-2028 LTP

A commitment to upgrading Wairoa’s wastewater network, enhancing the stormwater system and strengthening bridges are among a handful of key projects to be considered.

28 May 2018

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Men's netball tournament showcasing Wairoa's best

A Men’s Exhibition Netball Tournament next weekend will rock the Wairoa Community Centre.

24 May 2018

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Shellfish biotoxin alert extended

The affected area now extends from Mahanga Beach and covers the entire coastline down to the southern end of Porangahau Beach.

22 May 2018

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Woman in labour last to cross old Waitahora Bridge

A woman in labour was one of the last people across the old Waitahora Bridge on Friday as QRS completed a bridge replacement in just three days!

14 May 2018

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Shellfish biotoxin alert - Hawke's Bay

MPI has issued a public health warning against collecting shellfish in Hawke's Bay from Cape Kidnappers to the north end of Māhanga Beach.

10 May 2018

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WAIROA IN FOCUS: Mayor discusses 'P', LTP, fly dumping

'Councillors and I are concerned about this issue because of the good things happening in Wairoa' - Mayor Craig Little on P distribution in our community.

10 May 2018

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EOI for community properties in Tuai

Council wants to promote more effective maintenance and utilisation of the community property assets in Tuai.

9 May 2018

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Work on track for Tiniroto Road closure this weekend

The Tiniroto Road will be closed on Friday for three days while contractors strengthen the Waitahora Bridge, 2km north of Frasertown.

7 May 2018

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Weight restrictions on Kinikini Road

Council will be installing weight restriction road signs on Kinikini Road, at Mahia, after another assessment of the road this week.

3 May 2018

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Eastland Group and Wairoa District Council Community Grant 2018

The grant will specifically target the establishment or development of community services or projects focused on the Wairoa River.

2 May 2018

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Become a part of something important for Wairoa

If you believe in empowering yourself and others, you might want to become part of the team at the Riverside Arts and Crafts store.

1 May 2018

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Tiniroto Road bridge to be dismantled

Quality Roading and Services Wairoa will make local transport history next week when the Waitahora Bridge is dismantled, strengthened, and rebuilt in just 68 hours.

30 April 2018

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Kinikini Road update

A communications network has been set up with the residents of Kinikini Road following a civil engineer’s assessment of a block failure of this entire section of the road.

23 April 2018

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Planting about to get underway at Destination Playground

Wairoa residents are being encouraged to bring their spades, shovels and gloves to the Destination Playground this Saturday.

19 April 2018

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Wairoa District Council CEO receives prestigious scholarship

Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Steven May has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to the Melbourne Business School.

18 April 2018

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Rocket Lab's first commercial launch

Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch.

4 April 2018

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Wairoa In Focus: Mayor's column 29/03/18

Mayor Craig Little talks about the CBD enhancement project and recent media attention around our wastewater outlet pipe.

29 March 2018

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Great Things Grow Here event for businesses

"Wairoa is ready to boom and it's a great town for tourism".

29 March 2018

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Wairoa District Council Easter close down

The Coronation Square Offices of Council will be closed for Easter.

28 March 2018

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Mangapoike slip causes road closure

A large landslide on the Mangapoike River has become a significant hazard and people are warned to stay away from it.

21 March 2018

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Extensive review of storm water and sewerage network

Over the next nine to 12 months Council will be visiting each property in Wairoa.

14 March 2018

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Council keen to hear more feedback on CBD enhancement project

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little said for years people have wanted to see improvements around the CBD.

12 March 2018

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'Dangerous building' notice issued on old Angus Gemmell building

The notice was issued to the owner based on an assessment by Council’s building control officers.

12 March 2018

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Strengthening work to Mohaka bridge completed

Bridge strengthening work on the Mohaka Township Bridge has been completed with access into and out of Mohaka restored.

9 March 2018

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New CouncilMark results show 'Council has strong vision for community'

Council received a CCC rating which has been described as a snapshot in time.

8 March 2018

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Transformer boxes around Wairoa get a spruce-up

A joint project between Council and Eastland Network will see graffiti-covered electricity transformer boxes given a spruce up.

7 March 2018

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'Notice to Fix' issued on old Angus Gemmell building

Inspectors assessed the building and determined that the awning attached to the front of the building is unsafe

28 February 2018

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Wairoa welcomes its newest citizens

Councillor Hine Flood presented Malakai Foki, Amber-Jean D’Arcy, Mary Poulose, Thomas Joseph, Aldrin Thomas and Johanne Tew with their certificates of NZ citizenship.

28 February 2018

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Large landslide on Mangapoike River, between Papatu and Tukemokihi Stations

More information around this situation will be released once more details come to hand

27 February 2018

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Bridge strengthening work on Tiniroto Road set to improve route

Tiniroto Road will be closed for three days in May while contractors strengthen the Waitahora Bridge.

26 February 2018

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Wairoa's 'blue-sky' thinkers urged to attend amazing event around space

The NZ Space Challenge Project is visiting Wairoa on March 2.

23 February 2018

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Blue Bay set to be lit up by end of March

Eastland Network NZ will reconnect all street lights with work including the reinstatement of cabling and lighting poles.

22 February 2018

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Council wants community involved in CBD enhancement

Councillors held a workshop at the end of last month with Council staff to look at the project.

20 February 2018

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Destination Playground about to get even better

Stage two will begin this week with the installation of more facilities.

16 February 2018

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Female and dangerous dogs de-sexed for free

Wairoa residents who own female dogs or dogs that are dangerous can now have them de-sexed for free.

14 February 2018

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GREAT BUSINESS GREAT PEOPLE: Purple Petals

Wairoa's new floristry Purple Petals isn't just a flower shop.

12 February 2018

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Food businesses and groups invited to workshop

Businesses are encouraged to ensure they are up-to-date with their requirements.

2 February 2018

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Council seeking tenders for road maintenance contracts

Expressions of interest close at 1pm on WEDNESDAY 21st FEBRUARY, 2018.

2 February 2018

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Mayor's Column, Wairoa In Focus: Thanks for your feedback on rating system

"All the residents who attended the past three meetings made it quite clear what their feelings were."

1 February 2018

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E.coli levels dropping in Wairoa River

Swimming warnings remain in place at Wairoa River.

31 January 2018

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Mayor thanks public for strong turn-out at Nuhaka

Mayor Craig Little said he was grateful to those members of the community who attended and gave feedback at the Nuhaka Community Consultation meeting for the proposed Revenue and Finance policy.

30 January 2018

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Council offering one-off bulky waste collection

QRS will be collecting whiteware and bulky waste items from various locations.

29 January 2018

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Swimming warning remains in place at Wairoa River

Water sample results this morning confirmed high E.coli levels remain in the river.

24 January 2018

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Wairoa River swimming warning

There are high levels of E.Coli in the Wairoa River.

19 January 2018

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Don't ride your horses into the Wairoa Township

Horses will be impounded if people are riding them recklessly through the main street in Wairoa.

17 January 2018

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GREAT BUSINESS GREAT PEOPLE: Māhia Beach Motel and Holiday Park

Change in the wind for Māhia Beach Motel and Holiday Park owners.

17 January 2018

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Council looking to REWARD responsible dog owners

Council has created a Selected Dog Owner Policy.

17 January 2018

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COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR - Revenue and Finance Policy Consultation Update

Time frames extended and community consultation expanded for proposed Revenue and Finance Policy Consultation.

12 January 2018

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Kiwi Buckaroo takes the reins on top-quality horse gear and leather products

Ilana Cheiban struggled to find any horse gear that was New Zealand-made, good quality and exactly how she wanted it.

10 January 2018

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News in 2017

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Keep your submissions on the Revenue and Finance Policy coming over the Christmas period

Wairoa District Council is proposing significant changes to its Revenue and Financing Policy, and now wants feedback and input from you, the people of Wairoa.

22 December 2017

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Fire closes main route in and out of Mahia

Fire at Mahia closes Nuhaka-Opoutama Road. Use Tunanui Road.

20 December 2017

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Have your say on proposed changes to Councils Revenue and Finance Policy

Wairoa District Council is proposing significant changes to its Revenue and Financing Policy, and now wants feedback and input from you, the people of Wairoa.

12 December 2017

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Council wants your feedback on proposed changes to its revenue and finance policy

This matter affects everyone in the district and will determine how the Council derives the revenue it needs in order to undertake activities on behalf of the community at desired service levels for several years.

7 December 2017

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Council providing extra refuse and waste services over Christmas

A hot and festive summer period means locals will want to know where and when to get rid of the waste galore that will eventually start piling up, especially over the Christmas holidays.

6 December 2017

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Does your swimming pool need to be fenced off this summer?

Many Wairoa people will be dusting off their inflatable or portable swimming pools to cool off over what is set to be a dry summer.

5 December 2017

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New CEO appointed for Wairoa District Council

Mayor Craig Little and Councillors are pleased to announce the appointment of Steven May as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Wairoa District Council.

30 November 2017

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Council farewells James Baty after more than 10 years with WDC

HAVING worked for Wairoa District Council for well over a decade, James Baty is moving on from his position as Corporate Services Manager.

30 November 2017

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Council gets behind CanTeen Fundraiser

A community crusade to raise money for CanTeen has the full support of Wairoa District Council, which is now offering dog owners a chance to microchip their dogs for a small gold coin donation.

29 November 2017

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From forestry to hospitality: Meet the new owners of Riverside Takeaways

The new owners of Wairoa’s Riverside Takeaway admit going from the forestry industry to hospitality is “a bit of a jump off the cliff”.

29 November 2017

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Are you planning an event over summer? You need to apply for a special liquor licence now

Are you planning to host an event over the summer period?

29 November 2017

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Council always encouraging Wairoa people to shop local

Council’s Economic Development and Engagement Manager Kitea Tipuna says Wairoa’s retail sector usually starts gearing up for the Christmas period around early December.

27 November 2017

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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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Sci-Fi to the Sky is this year's Christmas Festival Parade theme

Council is encouraging everyone in the Wairoa district to take part in this year’s Christmas Festival Parade celebrations on December 2.

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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Tukua Mai - Make it count Wairoa

Wairoa… it’s time to celebrate OUR place! We want to hear what you think will make Wairoa an even greater place to LIVE, WORK and PLAY! Tukua mai - share your ideas with us.

11 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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Declaration of Result of Referendum - Māhanga Water Supply Closure Referendum

Declaration Of Result Of Referendum - Māhanga Water Supply Closure Referendum

29 September 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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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'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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Māhanga Water Supply Closure Referendum

Under sections 9 and 65 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, I give notice that on Friday, 29 September 2017, the Māhanga Water Supply Closure Referendum will be held under the First Past the Post electoral system by postal vote.

28 July 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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Extraodrinary Council Meeting

Retrospective Notification of Extraordinary Meeting of Council

Publicly excluded item - CEO recruitment proposals

23 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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Road Closure

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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Have your say on Wairoa District Council's Te Reo Māori Policy

Wairoa District Council is now asking the local community to have its say on Te Kaupapa Here mō Te Reo Māori ki te Kaunihera o Te Wairoa - our new Te Reo Māori Policy - which is now out for public consultation.

25 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 Dog Control Bylaw

Wairoa District Council is now asking the local community to have its say on whether it should make any changes to its current Dog Control Bylaw.

19 May 2017

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Road Closure

Closure of roads/streets to all traffic - 22 May to 2 June 2017

Closure of roads/streets for the purpose of Rocket Lab Ltd implementing operational safety requirements.

16 May 2017

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Closure of roads/streets to all traffic - 16 May 2017

Closure of roads/streets for the purpose of Rocket Lab Ltd implementing operational safety requirements.

16 May 2017

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Gambling

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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Wairoa ANZAC Day Commemorations 2017

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

20 April 2017

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Consultation Document for the Annual Plan 2017/18

View the consultation document for the annual plan 2017/18 and make a submission.

6 April 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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Māori Standing Committee meeting on 9 March 2017

The Māori Standing Committee is meeting on Thursday, 9 March 2017. The meeting is taking place at the council chambers at 12.30pm.

2 March 2017

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Extraordinary meeting of Council - Tuesday, 14 March 2017

An extraordinary meeting of Council is taking place on Tuesday, 14 March. The meeting is being held in the council chambers at 1.00pm.

2 March 2017

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New QRS director appointed

Council have approved the appointment of Anthony (Tony) Gray as a Director to Quality Roading and Services (Wairoa) Ltd – QRS.

1 March 2017

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Keep your dogs on a lead in public areas

The importance of making sure your dogs are on a lead were apparent to two families following a recent dog attack in Mahia.

17 February 2017

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Land Suitability Project

The Wairoa District Council is collaborating with Landcare Research and the University of Waikato to undertake a land suitability project by hosting a Master of Science student to undertake research.

8 February 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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Summer Season Heating Up For Bylaw Enforcement Team

With the summer season heating up, Council’s bylaw enforcement team will be kept busy with a watchful eye on freedom campers, noise control, animal control and making sure that the total fire ban in the Māhia and Nūhaka areas are enforced.

21 December 2016

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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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New CFO

The Wairoa District Council has appointed Gary Borg as its new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Fergus Power is pleased with the appointment.

15 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 Public Library busy preparing for Summer Reading Programme

Staff at the Wairoa Public Library are busy gearing up to once again deliver their popular Summer Reading Programme which will start on December 12.

25 November 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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Calling for Wairoa university students to take up summer internships

Wairoa District Council is calling for local university students for the Wairoa District Council summer internship programme.

22 September 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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Winter Warmers Reading Programme

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 Whakamahia/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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Statutory Reserves Board - Matangirau

The Wairoa District Council at its meeting last week was unanimous in their support for the establishment of a Statutory Reserves Board in partnership with Te Tira Whakaemi o Te Wairoa (Te Tira) – to be known as Matangirau.

29 February 2016

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Food Act 2014: New law for businesses that sell food

Food Act 2014: New law for businesses that sell food

A new law for all businesses that sell food comes into effect today (March 1, 2016).

26 February 2016

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New Batch of Council Interns

The Wairoa District Council will continue its successful internship programme with four new interns from the Netherlands who started last month.

26 February 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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Wairoa’s newest Kiwis

Wairoa welcomed four new Kiwis at an official citizenship ceremony last week.

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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News in 2015

Tar Seal melt during sizzling summer

With forecasts predicting a sizzling summer, drivers are being asked to exercise caution due to tar seal on roads melting and lifting.

16 December 2015

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Wairoa's new freedom camping signage goes up around the district

The Wairoa District Council is rolling out its new Freedom Camping signage throughout the district this week just in time before the busy Christmas break.

15 December 2015

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Restricted fire season imposed for Mahia, Opoutama and Mahanga

A restricted fire season will be in force this week in the Mahia, Opoutama and Mahanga area says new Wairoa District Council Rural Fire Officer, Paul van Dorrestein.

14 December 2015

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Summer interns and cadets join Council

The Wairoa District Council will continue its successful internship programme this summer with four new interns and two cadets.

7 December 2015

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Wairoa Public Library busy preparing from Summer Reading Programme

Staff at the Wairoa Public Library are busy gearing up to once again deliver their popular Summer Reading Programme which will start next Monday, December 14.

7 December 2015

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New Bylaw Enforcement Officers

Just in time for the busy summer season, the Wairoa District Council has appointed two new Bylaw Enforcement Officers to assist with animal control, bylaw enforcement and monitoring freedom camping.

7 December 2015

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Mayoral Reception and Long Service Awards for Justices of the Peace

Celebrating 63 years of combined service as a Justice of the Peace to the Wairoa community was recognised last week when Long Service Awards were presented to Dave Withers and John Gemmell.

2 December 2015

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WAIROA WASTEWATER - We have too much

Wairoa District Council is looking to the future to manage Wairoa's wastewater. "Currently we produce too much for our small town" says Jamie Cox, Wairoa District Council Engineering Manager.

20 November 2015

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Wairoa's New Freedom Camping Bylaw in Place in Time for Summer

The Wairoa District Council passed its new Freedom Camping Bylaw earlier this month.

20 November 2015

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Amalgamation

The people of Hawke’s Bay have spoken and they have said ‘NO’ to Amalgamation.

15 September 2015

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'GoRoam' App goes live

The Wairoa District Council’s ‘GoRoam’ smart phone application (app) is ready to go live.

27 August 2015

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Appointment to Road Controlling Authorities Forum

After convening a group of 12 rural and provincial Councils collaborating on land use effects on low volume roads, Wairoa District Council Engineering Manager, Jamie Cox has been appointed onto the Executive Board of the Road Controlling Authorities Forum (RCAF).

21 August 2015

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Wairoa bursts onto world stage

The Wairoa District Council’s Visual Identity Project has attracted attention across the ditch, with Wairoa District Council Economic Development officers Ros Thomas and Katie Bowen being invited to present at next week’s ‘Future of Communities: Power to the People’ conference in Melbourne, Australia.

14 August 2015

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Wairoa’s newest Kiwis

Wairoa welcomed five new Kiwis at an official citizenship ceremony last week.

31 July 2015

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Learn to Swim Pool

Construction has started on a new $1.5 million Learn to Swim Pool at the Wairoa Community Centre, and should be completed by early December in time for summer splashing.

17 July 2015

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Amalgamation – The people of Wairoa now get the opportunity to finally have their say

The Local Government Commission has released its final proposal for Hawke’s Bay Local Government Reorganisation and Mayor Craig Little is relieved that this proposal is now finally able to be put to the people of the Wairoa district.

9 June 2015

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New District Planner

Wairoa District Council’s new district planner is ‘stoked’ that she has managed to secure a job back home in Wairoa in the area she studied in.

28 May 2015

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2015 Communitrak Survey results

It's official – Wairoa is a great place to live.

28 May 2015

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Te Wairoa Scores International Film Guru Investment

A ‘can do’ attitude combined with an injection of super-modern technology has resulted in an exciting new partnership between the revitalised Gaiety Theatre and internationally-recognised film production company Starkraving.

18 May 2015

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Re-opening of the Gaiety Theatre

Wairoa’s iconic Gaiety Theatre opens its doors on a new era as the ‘social heart’ of the community when it hosts the celebration of the 10th Wairoa Māori Film Festival on Saturday, May 30.

7 May 2015

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Wairoa ANZAC Commemorations 2015

Wairoa's distinguished guests this year are Major Richard Tipler, representing the Australian High Commission and Group Captain Russell Sowden, representing the Royal New Zealand Air Force and New Zealand Defence Forces.

23 April 2015

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Jamie Cox wins SOLGM Exchange Award

Wairoa District Council Engineering Manager, Jamie Cox, has been acknowledged nationally with an award from the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

20 April 2015

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Winners of Visual Identity Project prizes

Organisers of Wairoa’s community expo for the Visual Identity Project wish to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and contributed.

1 April 2015

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Māori Standing Committee concerns forwarded to the Local Government Commission

The Māori Standing Committee (a sub-committee of the Wairoa District Council) have forwarded a letter to Basil Morrison, the Chair of the Local Government Commission outlining their concerns regarding the independent telephone-based survey currently underway seeking views on the proposed amalgamation of Hawke’s Bay territorial authorities.

1 April 2015

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Warning - Wairoa River

Wairoa District Council Environment Officer, Victor Minter, today issued a warning, advising members of the public not to swim or to gather fish in the Wairoa river.

24 February 2015

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News in 2014

Wairoa Creative Communities

Wairoa’s creative community is richer following the latest round of grants from the national arts development agency Creative New Zealand.

1 December 2014

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Liquor licence changes and deadlines

All applications for alcohol licences for events in December and January must be lodged by 21 November at the latest to ensure they are processed prior to the holiday period, applications received after this time might still be processed prior to the Christmas close down but Council cannot guarantee this.

20 November 2014

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New Building Control Officer

After an extensive recruitment process, the Wairoa district finally has a new Building Control Officer. Sam Hayward joined the Wairoa District Council at the start of November and has hit the ground running.

12 November 2014

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Final decision released: Funding Assistance Rates Review

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has completed its review of Funding Assistance Rates (FAR) and the Wairoa District Council is certainly pleased with the final outcome.

11 November 2014

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Wairoa Public Library launches summer reading programme

Acclaimed Hawke’s Bay children’s writer and storyteller, Mary Kippenburger, opened the Wairoa Public Library’s summer reading programme with visits to Kotemaori and Nuhaka schools last Thursday.

6 November 2014

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Germany joins new 'mecca for bright young minds'

School of public administration, university of applied sciences, Ludwigsburg, Germany signs memorandum of understanding with Wairoa District Council.

4 September 2014

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Wairoa wows world

Wairoa District Council unveils ‘go roam’ phone app designed to assist with making Wairoa district the safest of all districts in New Zealand

29 August 2014

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New Maori Relationships Manager appointed

The CEO of Wairoa District Council, Fergus Power, has announced that David Tipoki has been appointed as Maori Relationships Manager.

19 August 2014

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Splash of artwork brightens walkway

Distinct elements of our district will be celebrated in a beautiful mural decorating the walkway linking Marine Parade with the Clyde Court carpark.

1 August 2014

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Raupunga amenity area earns highly commended at national awards

A Wairoa District Council and Raupunga community project to create a welcoming entry point to the area was recognised at the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Excellence Awards this week.

23 July 2014

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Wairoa scores university summer school

An academic influx is on the cards as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding between Wairoa District Council and the University of Waikato’s law faculty aimed at bringing the best young legal minds to town.

21 July 2014

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Calling all entrepreneurs

Wairoa’s techno-savvy entrepreneurs have an opportunity to turn their ideas into viable ventures at a business development startup weekend next month.

7 July 2014

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Massive boost to Lambton Square upgrade

A $65,000 boost from the Lotteries Grants Board has provided a massive thrust to get the Lambton Square upgrade project over the line.

1 July 2014

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Annual Plan hearing date set

The final stage of public consultation on the 2014/15 Draft Annual Plan is scheduled to take place at the War Memorial Hall from 9am on Thursday, July 3.

1 July 2014

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New Regulatory Manager announced

An affinity with rural communities and extensive resource management knowledge provide a substantial starting block for new Wairoa District Council Regulatory Manager, Helen Montgomery.

26 June 2014

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Wairoa District Council among top in rural New Zealand

Wairoa District Council is punching well above its weight in the financial prudence stakes according to two independent reports released recently.

12 June 2014

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Wairoa District Council functional review

Wairoa District Council is strongly focused on enabling a vibrant and successful Wairoa District, creating jobs and meeting the organisational performance expectations of our customers and staff.

12 June 2014

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