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To: Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Protect Hawke's Bay rivers

This campaign has ended.

Protect Hawke's Bay rivers

Decline applications to take water from the Ruataniwha Basin.

Why is this important?

The Awa and groundwater of Hawke’s Bay can’t give any more. Streams are already drying up completely [1]. As we pollute and take water from the awa of Hawke’s Bay, they get sicker and sicker [2]. Climate change will mean less rainfall for the region, meaning the pressure we put on our wai now will be amplified [3].

Because of this, irrigators should be returning water to the rivers. The primary sector should be developing healthy, resilient food production, which is low water use and works with the natural environment not against it. This really is possible, if regional councils and the agricultural sector directs its thinking and resources in this direction.

Instead we are seeing a push from irrigators to be able to take more, including 15 million cubic meters of water in central Hawke’s Bay [4].

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is currently considering this application. If it is approved, it would put even more pressure on rivers that are already stressed and it would contribute to locking in the disaster of high water use food production.

Te Mana o te Wai is the foundational concept of our national freshwater policy. It is the principle of putting the health of the rivers first so they can support the health of people. We the health of people and the environment is provided for, then commercial, for-profit water takes can be considered.

Get behind the push to make sure Hawke’s Bay Regional Council makes decisions that give effect to Te Mana o te Wai. Join our community-powered submission to call on them to decline this application.

By signing this petition you are confirming your support for Choose Clean Waters full submission, which you can read here:

You can read more about the applications here:

"Just thought it would always be here" - How irrigation is hurting Hawke's Bay's rivers


[1] “Extreme drought fears in Hawke's Bay after streams dramatically dry up” - 29 Jan 2021, RNZ

[2] This Is How It Ends: The long fight of the river people, 30 Oct 2021, Stuff

[3] New climate change report paints worrying picture for Hawke's Bay, 5 Nov, 2020, Hawke’s Bay Today

[4] Central Hawke's Bay farming companies want 15 million cubic metres of groundwater a year, but can they convince the public?, 30 Nov 2021, NZ Herald

How it will be delivered

The submission will be delivered this Friday 17th December.

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

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2021-12-15 23:59:27 +1300

500 signatures reached

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100 signatures reached

2021-12-15 17:03:01 +1300

50 signatures reached

2021-12-15 12:35:12 +1300

25 signatures reached

2021-12-14 19:47:25 +1300

10 signatures reached