John Bostock

Protests growing in Hawkes Bay

Yesterday there was a tractor protest in the Hawkes Bay from angry farmers…over water, unsurprisingly.

Angry growers are hoping to force change at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, with a campaign involving a “tractor march” to the council’s offices in Napier on September 18 to protest at its water policies.

The Grower Action Group (GAG) says it was treated shabbily by the council during this summer’s drought and has launched a Hang Up Our Boots campaign, with boots strung up on Havelock Rd at a paddock between Hastings and Havelock North, owned by one of Hawke’s Bay’s largest growers, John Bostock.

The group claims that without sensible water management in Hawke’s Bay we may as well all “hang up our boots”.

Twyford growers suffered losses after the council shut off all irrigation due to low river levels, denying water to stop young trees from dying. Trees in Hastings’ Twyford are not deep rooted because the water table is usually high.

Mr Bostock said regional councillors were asked to come to a meeting of Twyford growers at the height of their drought concerns, “but they were not to be seen”.

“If we don’t have sensible water management in Hawke’s Bay we may as well all hang up our boots,” Mr Bostock said.? Read more »

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