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$200k pledged for Havelock North recovery

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/08/2016

The New Zealand government and Hastings District Council will each tip an additional $100,000 into re-energising the Havelock North economy.

More than 4000 people have fallen ill with gastro in the Hawke's Bay township after campylobacter was found in the local water supply a fortnight ago.

The water has since been chlorinated and the Brookvale water bore, from which the campylobacter is thought to have originated, has been shut off.

Central government will allocate their funding to a council-run promotional fund for businesses in the Havelock North Village.

The council will match the government's contribution for businesses all across the township, on top of the $10,000 already pledged.

"Two weeks ago the village was nearly empty," local MP and Small Business Minister Craig Foss said in a statement.

"Our business owners, their staff and customers (were) either too unwell to venture out or too busy caring for sick loved ones.

"Supporting the village and its businesses in this way benefits not only the local community but all of Hawke's Bay."

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said many locally owned and operated businesses in Havelock North had struggled in the past fortnight.

The council would seek to aid them in any way possible.

"I encourage everyone to continue to look out for their neighbours and actively support our local businesses," Mr Yule said.

The council would work alongside the Havelock North Business Association and other local businesses to decide how the money would be spent.

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