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Whether bus shelters, parks, playgrounds and sports fields should be smoke free is a question being put to Napier and Hastings residents from this week.

This month, residents of both areas have the chance to let councils know if they support a voluntary ban on smoking in public places like parks and bus stops, or not.

Cycling alongside Clive River
Cycling heaven: Central Government funds have been announced that will extend cycling tracks across Hawke's Bay.

Hawke’s Bay is already regarded as one of the best places in the country to cycle, and its star is set to rise following the Government’s announcement that more than 50km of cycle paths will be built as part of the Urban Cycleways Programme. The work will start this year.

The winner of The Amazing China Face Race has been revealed.

Nesta Lade, 14, found and contacted the “China Face”, or Li Sha, on Thursday afternoon, got the correct name and code word and emailed them to the competition’s email address at 4.09pm.

Hastings District Council city assist grow their beards for Child Cancer
From left, Chris Bartlett, BJ Pui, James Haronga and Mike Godinet

How low will they grow: Four burly men on the Hastings City Assist team are growing their beards for seven months – then shaving them off as part of the Child Cancer Foundation’s annual fundrazor, in support of the Child Cancer Foundation which helps children with cancer and their families

Art great: Hawke's Bay artist Kate MacKenzie has been named a Local Great.
Kate MacKenzie

Kate MacKenzie has been named a Local Great, receiving her accolade during Saturday night’s Edible Fashion Awards.

The Local Great award is part of Hastings District Council’s “Great Things Grow Here” initiative. It reinforces that great things grow here because great people live here.

Olympic dream: Elise Legarth is well on the way to achieving her goals.
Elise Legarth

Sprint kayaker Elise Legarth is determined to achieve her Olympic dreams in her chosen sport.

The problem is - as Hawke's Bay's national under-18 K1 500m kayaking champion has discovered - dreams do come at a price

My Voice My Choice

Do you think the parks in our region should be smokefree? What about events held in Hawke's Bay - should smoking be banned?

Either way, we want your feedback on smoking in public places.

Submissions on the 2015 - 2025 Hastings District Council Long Term Plan have now closed.

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rodd 24/06/2015

Looks great!

rodd 24/06/2015

With the widening of Pakowhai Road will the speed limit go back to 100kph?

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