This webpage, prepared by Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Wairoa District Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, provides information on the cost-sharing agreement reached with the Government to fund some of Hawke’s Bay’s most urgent cyclone recovery activities.
On Thursday, 3 August, Hawke’s Bay’s five councils reached a unanimous decision to accept the terms of a cost-sharing agreement with the Government, subject to consultation with residents and ratepayers in Hastings District and Napier City.
The agreement, which is worth up to $556 million would provide funding across three key areas:
- the purchase of residential properties in Category 3 areas,
- flood mitigation works on our stopbanks, and
- urgent roading and bridge repairs across the region.
For the purchase of private residential property or property rights (foregone by property owners), the agreement would see the Government and the relevant local Council each paying 50 percent of the associated costs, net of any insurance proceeds.
Before this cost-sharing agreement can be finalised, Hastings District Council and Napier City Council are required to consult with their residents and ratepayers in relation to the purchase of private residential property or property rights, and to provide for that activity in their Long-Term Plans. This is an important step as this is a new activity not currently included in these plans.
The Hastings District Council and Napier City Council consultations opened for submissions on Friday 18 August and closed at 5pm, Tuesday 5 September.
To find out more about the cost-sharing agreement with the Government, including what that means for you as a resident or ratepayer, please click on the relevant Council logo below to be taken to their website.
For a list of regional frequently asked questions see below.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The Government’s funding offer will provide Crown recovery investment up to $556 million. This Crown investment includes:
- $203.5 million toward flood mitigation, with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council funding a further $44 million toward these flood mitigation works.
- Up to $92.5 million toward the purchase of residential property and residential property rights in Category 3 areas, with Hastings District Council funding an estimated $50 million toward this process and Napier City Council an estimated $3.5 million.
- $260 million towards specific transport projects and programmes across the region.
From the outset, the Government made it clear that it expected the purchase of residential property and residential property rights in Category 3 areas in Hawke’s Bay to be a cost-sharing exercise, which reflects the Government’s approach to the recovery being led by local Councils and supported by central Government.
The Government’s funding offer will provide Crown recovery investment up to $556 million.
- Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will receive $203.5 million to go toward flood protection for the Hawke’s Bay region. Of this total amount, $70 million is specifically earmarked for a fully funded flood protection scheme for Wairoa.
- Hastings District Council will receive 50% of the costs associated with the purchase of residential property and residential property rights in Category 3 areas in the Hastings District, plus a further $197 million toward specific transport projects and programmes across the Hastings District.
- Napier City Council will receive 50% of the costs associated with the purchase of residential property and residential property rights in Category 3 areas in Napier City, plus a further $32.5 million for Napier City Council’s half-share of the Redclyffe Bridge replacement.
- Wairoa District Council will receive $14 million for Te Reinga Bridge works.
- Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will receive $11 million for Patangata Bridge works.
Flood mitigation is managed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC). The cyclone support package includes a $203m Crown investment in critical flood mitigation works across the region. Approximately $100m of this is earmarked for specific flood protection for the Hastings District, in areas such as Pākōwhai, Ōmahu, Waiohiki and Havelock North. Without this funding, HBRC would need to significantly increase its rates, defer works or reduce the number of projects. This would also potentially result in more houses moving to Category 3.