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The Big Water Story
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Central Hawke's Bay, earlier this year we came out to our  communities and asked for your thoughts on the future of our District, we listened to what you said and we now want to know if we are going in the right direction.

We had an amazing response, and came away with lots of ideas.

The loudest feedback we got was about water, and how important it is to us.

And so #thebigwaterstory began.

#thebigwaterstory is about wastewater, drinking water and stormwater.

Whether it is the water we drink and eat with, the water we flush down the toilet, or the water we swim in the river with. Water is all around us and affects our every day lives.

To meet your expectations, we need to make a significant investment in wastewater, drinking water and stormwater over the next 10 years. But we want to hear your feedback on whether you think this is the right thing to do.

For full information please read our Story Boards.

Your Involvement


  • November 2017 - Council PopUps
  • December 2017 – Compilation of feedback
  • March 2018 – Formal Consultation
  • April 2018 – Hearings
  • May 2018 - Adoption of the Long Term Plan
Social Media

By using the hashtags #CHBDC, #thebigwaterstory. #togetherwethrive we can keep an eye on your comments and incorporate them into our considerations.

Organisations are welcome to be involved

We are planning to meet with community groups and organisations in the New Year to talk in more detail about the future of Central Hawke’s Bay. If you are keen to have the Council team come and meet with you and your group we would love to hear from you. Please email us at


If you are interested in learning more

Please contact Darren de Klerk – Councils 3 Waters Programme Manager by emailing or by phoning Council's Office on 06 857 8060


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