Published: 12 April 2023
Last Updated: 8 May 2023
Napier residents are being encouraged to have their say on Locality Plans currently being prepared across the region in response to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.
Four community ‘conversations’ are being held around Napier - in Meeanee, Awatoto/Te Awa, Taradale and Bay View - from this Sunday.
Mayor Kirsten Wise is hosting the sessions. She says it’s an opportunity to hear from residents about what their challenges have been, what their immediate priorities are, and how they want Napier to respond to the devastation left by the cyclone.
“This is about bringing people together to share their concerns but also their ideas for how they want Napier’s recovery to look,” explains Mayor Wise. “We have been given a very tight deadline to get out initial plan together, and so we need everyone to take this opportunity to come and talk things through. Timing is tight but these are only the first in a series of recovery plans.”
Locality Plans are being prepared by all councils and partner agencies including Hāpū and Iwi, in Hawke’s Bay with a deadline of 28 April. They are initial plans with opportunity in the near future to submit more comprehensive plans. The first phase asks councils what their immediate priorities and needs are, and how they envisage these will be funded and delivered. The plans will give the Hawke’s Bay Regional Recovery Agency information to prepare a Regional Plan based around six pou: Environmental resilience, economic growth, whānau/community wellbeing, primary sector, resilient infrastructure and recovery transition.
The Napier community kōrero sessions are:
Sunday 16 April – 1.00pm – 3.00pm – Meeanee Memorial Hall
Monday 17 April – 5.30pm – 7.00pm – Maraenui Golf Course Clubrooms, Te Awa Ave
Tuesday 18 April – 5.30pm – 7.00pm – King George Hall, Bayview
Saturday 22 April – 1.00pm – 3.00pm – Taradale Library
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