27 Nov 2023

Multi-million dollar Hawkes Bay cleanup budget running out

From Checkpoint, 6:06 pm on 27 November 2023

Clearing Cyclone debris away from Hawke's Bay beaches rivers and bridges is costing up to $16 million a month according to the Regional council and silt recovery taskforce.

It's dealt with about 150,000 tonnes of wood washed up around the region, either stacking it into piles, chipping shredding or burning it.

But the budget is about to run dry and the problem is a long way from being solved.

The initial deadline is May 2024 for clean up completion.

Task force lead Darren de Klerk speaks to Lisa Owen.