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Support for non-residents continues in Hawke’s Bay

Support for non-residents continues in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is coordinating a network of agencies and organisations to make sure non-New Zealand residents ...

19 June 2020

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Seeking help as our region begins to move forward

Seeking help as our region begins to move forward

As the region moves towards recovery, Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is scaling back its response to COVID-19 – but there is...

18 June 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group brings lockdown relief

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group brings lockdown relief

“Without your help, I would have been in a bad situation as a single mum – I most likely wouldn't have got through the lockdown.” This was ju...

10 June 2020

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Tihei Mauri Ora Emergency Response Centre helps thousands over lockdown

Tihei Mauri Ora Emergency Response Centre helps thousands over lockdown

It took just three days for the Tihei Mauri Ora Emergency Response Centre to go from concept to reality. The centre, which was kick-started to prov...

8 June 2020

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Onekawa’s “astonishing” response to Food Walk

Onekawa’s “astonishing” response to Food Walk

Students at Onekawa School have collected an “astonishing” number of food items from the local community to help families in need following the CO...

29 May 2020

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Profile: Christine Renata

Profile: Christine Renata

Central Hawke's Bay District Council Social Development Lead Christine Renata has been leading the COVID-19 Civil Defence welfare response for Central...

28 May 2020

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Meet our Group Welfare Manager, Alison Prins

Meet our Group Welfare Manager, Alison Prins

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Welfare Manager Alison Prins has led the regional COVID-19 welfare response and was instrumenta...

27 May 2020

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Activity packs bring lockdown relief

Activity packs bring lockdown relief

Helping clients through the national COVID-19 lockdown was always going to be a challenge for people working in the disability services sector. Bu...

20 May 2020

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Profile: Kirstin Thompson

Profile: Kirstin Thompson

Kirstin Thompson has plenty of experience working with older people and people with disability – she’s a project manager for Enliven, a division o...

19 May 2020

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Profile: Barbara Mear

Profile: Barbara Mear

Hawke's Bay Regional Council Finance Team Leader Barbara Mear normally spends her days managing the council budgets and financial reporting, but for f...

13 May 2020

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A joint message from Hawke’s Bay’s mayors and regional chairs

A joint message from Hawke’s Bay’s mayors and regional chairs

It’s been around six weeks since New Zealand entered a lockdown that placed the most significant restrictions on our movements in modern history, to...

11 May 2020

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Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Napier City Council Community Advisor Jessica Wilson has been redeployed to support the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group’s COV...

8 May 2020

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Stepping up to help emergency response

Stepping up to help emergency response

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has delivered more than 1000 food parcels and close to 50 winter clothing and blanket packages ...

8 May 2020

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Helping Hawke’s Bay’s older community

Helping Hawke’s Bay’s older community

Around 45 local organisations have banded together to help older people in Hawke’s Bay get through the national COVID-19 lockdown – and it’s a r...

6 May 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group still here to help at Alert Level 3

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group still here to help at Alert Level 3

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is reminding people help is still available to those struggling to get food, groceries, medicat...

28 April 2020

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Communities help each other in face of COVID-19

Communities help each other in face of COVID-19

Nā tou rourou nā tōku rourou ka ora ai te iwi: with your food basket and my food basket, the people shall live on! This traditional whakataukī...

23 April 2020

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Speed dating for housing proves a success

Speed dating for housing proves a success

Homeless Action teams completed almost six months of work in a week, as part of their response to the COVID-19 lockdown

18 April 2020

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Hawke's Bay remains strong under lockdown

Hawke's Bay remains strong under lockdown

Hawke's Bay stands strong with the rest of New Zealand, in lockdown under Alert Level 4 for COVID-19.

17 April 2020

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Welfare networking helps to close the gaps

Welfare networking helps to close the gaps

An initiative beginning this week will allow older people, required to stay at home but without internet banking, to pay for their groceries, taking s...

15 April 2020

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Community rallying in response to COVID-19

Community rallying in response to COVID-19

From Wairoa to Central Hawke’s Bay, community agencies and organisations across the region are supporting those most in need as the national COVID-1...

13 April 2020

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Thoughts on Easter

Thoughts on Easter

We asked our local council leaders what their top tips for this Easter were.

11 April 2020

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Praise for resilient Hawke's Bay community

Praise for resilient Hawke's Bay community

The region’s leaders are praising the resilience of Hawke’s Bay’s communities during the COVID-19 lockdown.

9 April 2020

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Don’t be an egg this Easter – stay home and save lives

Don’t be an egg this Easter – stay home and save lives

Hawke’s Bay mayors have a strong message for anyone thinking of heading away this Easter – don't.

8 April 2020

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Councils working together during COVID-19

Councils working together during COVID-19

Our five councils in Hawke’s Bay are working together to bring you all the information on the availability of the councils’ services during this d...

7 April 2020

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Hawke’s Bay phone line set up for those most in need

Hawke’s Bay phone line set up for those most in need

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group’s new regional telephone number 0800 HBAYCD (0800 422 923) is now live for people to call if ...

31 March 2020

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A joint message from Hawke’s Bay’s mayors and regional chairs

A joint message from Hawke’s Bay’s mayors and regional chairs

As we enter our second week of national lockdown, we’d like to thank you, Hawke’s Bay. Make no mistake – we know it’s not easy.

31 March 2020

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Support lockdown to save lives

Support lockdown to save lives

Feeling uncertain and not knowing exactly what to do is completely normal during lockdown, says Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management G...

28 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group uses extraordinary powers

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group uses extraordinary powers

The Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group now has extraordinary powers to coordinate the delivery of a swift and effective response a...

26 March 2020

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Local HB leaders respond to State of Emergency declaration

Local HB leaders respond to State of Emergency declaration

Hawke’s Bay leaders have responded supportively to today’s national state of emergency declaration by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

25 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay’s regional leaders unite against COVID-19

Hawke’s Bay’s regional leaders unite against COVID-19

Tihei mauri ora. You’ll no doubt be aware the New Zealand Government has taken unprecedented steps to protect our country from the COVID-19 pandemic...

21 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group planning for COVID-19

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group planning for COVID-19

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is ready to support the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board in case COVID-19 reaches our region...

18 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group keeping an eye on the dry

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group keeping an eye on the dry

The Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group is keeping a watchful eye on the region’s current dry conditions and reminding farming communities what to do...

6 March 2020

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Hawke’s Bay residents urged to practise ‘tsunami hīkoi’ emergency evacuation walks

Hawke’s Bay residents urged to practise ‘tsunami hīkoi’ emergency evacuation walks

Hawke’s Bay residents are being urged to use the ninth anniversary of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami to practise their evacuation routes, so ...

3 March 2020

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Fire near Tikokino closes State Highway 50

Fire near Tikokino closes State Highway 50

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has closed State Highway 50 just north of Tikokino as they fight a 20-hectare fire burning in the area.

5 February 2020

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Update on fire near Tikokino

Update on fire near Tikokino

Fire and Emergency New Zealand continues to work on containing a fire just north of Tikokino.

5 February 2020

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Tikokino fire update three, 1.50pm

Tikokino fire update three, 1.50pm

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is continuing to fight the fire at Tikokino in Hawke's Bay, with 30 firefighters on the ground plus five helicopter cre...

5 February 2020

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Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake will be held on Sunday, 2 February, marking the 89th anniversary of one of...

2 February 2020

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Earthquake survivors mark 89th anniversary

Earthquake survivors mark 89th anniversary

Survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake today shared their experiences and stories over a cup of tea and scones at a commemoration hosted at Na...

2 February 2020

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Tangoio fire update 1

Tangoio fire update 1

Fire and Emergency New Zealand continues to work on containing a fire Tangoio Settlement Road. Crews have been working on the fire since about midd...

7 January 2020

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Tangoio fire update 2

Tangoio fire update 2

Fire and Emergency is making good progress on the Tangoio fire, with a decision on reducing the number of helicopters likely to made this afternoon. ...

7 January 2020

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Tangoio fire update 3

Tangoio fire update 3

Fire crews will take a well-earned rest from the Tangoio fire site from about 6pm, with a fresh crew monitoring the situation overnight.

7 January 2020

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Nationwide Emergency Mobile Alert test this Sunday

Nationwide Emergency Mobile Alert test this Sunday

This Sunday, 24 November, more than half of New Zealand’s cell phones are expected to let off a loud, penetrating noise, marking the third annual na...

20 November 2019

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Earthquake exercise continues this weekend

Earthquake exercise continues this weekend

Volunteers from across Hawke’s Bay will be testing how they’d respond to a large-scale earthquake this weekend as part of Hawke’s Bay Civil Defe...

22 October 2019

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Regional emergency exercise starts this week

Regional emergency exercise starts this week

How would Hawke’s Bay fare in an emergency? Organisations across the region are getting ready to take part in Exercise Rūaumoko, which will tes...

17 October 2019

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Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

With a week to go until New Zealand’s national ShakeOut earthquake drill, everyone in Hawke’s Bay is being urged to sign up now.

10 October 2019

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New Emergency Co-ordination Centre opens in Hastings

New Emergency Co-ordination Centre opens in Hastings

After about a year in construction, the region’s new purpose-built Emergency Co-ordination Centre located beside the Hastings District Council civic...

6 September 2019

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Centralised hazard map portal for Hawke’s Bay

Centralised hazard map portal for Hawke’s Bay

It’s now even easier to find out more about the natural hazards where you live and work, with the latest version of the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence ...

2 July 2019

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Tsunami evacuation drill surprises Marewa trio

Tsunami evacuation drill surprises Marewa trio

“You either get up that hill or you don’t, and that’s up to you.” Napier resident Pip Mackay was one of a trio of flatmates who took on the...

7 June 2019

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Get emergency ready for Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Get emergency ready for Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Get to know your neighbours for this year’s Neighbours Day Aotearoa and make yourself more resilient to emergencies. Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence ...

21 March 2019

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Civil Defence demonstration this weekend

Civil Defence demonstration this weekend

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Civil Defence volunteer? See the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group volunteers in acti...

13 March 2019

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Ministry funding to boost Hawke’s Bay’s resilience

Ministry funding to boost Hawke’s Bay’s resilience

Hawke’s Bay’s resilience and planning for natural hazards was given a boost today thanks to $420,000 in Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Mana...

28 February 2019

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Earthquake anniversary reminder to be prepared

Earthquake anniversary reminder to be prepared

“We can’t predict when disaster will strike, but we can be prepared.” That’s the message from Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Manage...

5 February 2019

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Earthquake survivors mark 88th anniversary

Earthquake survivors mark 88th anniversary

Survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake today shared memories over a cup of tea and scones at a community event hosted at Napier Boys’ High S...

3 February 2019

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Preparing for emergencies always a class act

Preparing for emergencies always a class act

With thousands of students marching back to school in the next few weeks, Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is reminding parents ...

22 January 2019

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Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

Afternoon tea for 1931 earthquake survivors

The annual afternoon tea for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake will be held on Sunday, 3 February, marking the 88th anniversary of one of...

21 January 2019

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More kiwis getting emergency message

More kiwis getting emergency message

Almost twice as many people received the test Civil Defence emergency alert to their mobile phone at its last test – meaning more New Zealanders tha...

7 January 2019

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Nationwide test alert this Sunday

Nationwide test alert this Sunday

The Emergency Mobile Alert system is undergoing a nationwide live test on Sunday between 6pm and 7pm.

23 November 2018

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Looking after yourself and your home following the earthquake - 30/10/2018

Looking after yourself and your home following the earthquake - 30/10/2018

Our thoughts are with all New Zealanders following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake today. Our first priority is your safety and the safety of your family...

30 October 2018

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Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

Hawke’s Bay people urged to sign up for ShakeOut

With a week to go until New Zealand’s national ShakeOut earthquake drill, every business and family in Hawke’s Bay is being urged to sign up now.

10 October 2018

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Welcome to Hawke's Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Welcome to Hawke's Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management

Welcome to the re-launch of our website. We have been making a few changes to our small part of the interweb.

12 September 2018

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South East Asian delegates visit bay

South East Asian delegates visit bay

For the second year in a row we partnered with EIT and presented to Civil Defence representatives from South East Asia.

11 September 2018

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HBCDEM Group supporting Wairoa and Hastings Districts' responses

HBCDEM Group supporting Wairoa and Hastings Districts' responses

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (HBCDEM) is keeping an eye on Wairoa as it manages the fallout from this week’s watery deluge.

10 September 2018

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