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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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