1989. It was a different time in New Zealand. The population was barely over three million. Mullets were in. And in November, the Local Government Act pulled 21 local Hawke's Bay authorities together, forming the five councils still present in the region today.

At Hawke's Bay Regional Council, there are about 12 staff members who have been there since the beginning.

Allan Beer had been on the East Coast Pest Destruction Board, one of the groups which amalgamated into the regional council.

He said it had been a journey.

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"At the end of the day, we are still here, and

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