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Reggie reminder: Dogs must be registered by the end of this week.

Registering a dog before the end of this week will save dog owners up to $55 – and ensure they avoid the $300 fine they will get if they are caught with an unregistered dog. Hastings District Council is reminding dog owners that there are just a few days to get their dogs registered before the fine regime kicks in.

Nigel McLean
NIgel McLean

A Havelock North man who died in his prime from war wounds and who is rumoured to have had a mystery woman in his life, is the latest to have a poppy added to the street sign of the roadway named for him. Nigel St, named for Havelock North man Nigel Alexander McLean, is the seventh in the District so far to be identified as a Poppy Place.

Art fence: An impression of how the wooden fence around the opera house will look. It will be designed to hole dopies of original art by top artists.
Opera house fence

The opera house corner is about to get a funky do-up with a fence designed to display art being built over the next few weeks. Top artists have agreed to provide the 10 works, however their names cannot be released until final details are in place. The art on the fence project will help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House.

Water play: Splash Planet is in the top six Pacific fun places to play.
Splash Planet

Hawke's Bay's water park has again been recognised on the international stage. Splash Planet is the sixth best water park in the South Pacific, one spot down from their fifth placing in 2014. The 2015 Tripadvisor travellers' choice awards were announced this week ranking the world's best amusement parks, water parks, zoos and aquariums.

Top coat: One more layer of resin and some front doors and these kennels will be ready.
HDC animal welfare dog kennel renewal

The first stage of the kennel redevelopment at Hastings District Council’s pound is all but finished.The final coat of resin was applied to the floor today (July 2), and the painters will be back to finish next week. The kennel doors will go on in the same week. The next priorities are to start on the rebuild of the other half of the kennelling facility and set up an animal welfare advisory committee.

Li Sha: An earhtquake in her home town in 2008 killed 70,000 people.
Li Sha and daughter Yu Nuo Han.

The woman whose identity has been puzzling hundreds of students over the last few weeks is no shrinking violet – with awards for rescuing the wounded in an 8.0 earthquake that killed 70,000 and left another 18,000 missing, among them her mother and two “so cute, so young” nieces. Choosing Li Sha to be The Face of the competition was not a random act.

My Voice My Choice

We need to plan how we are going to dispose of our rubbish in the coming decades – and it is a $50 million question we need to answer this year.

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.

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B Bisset 28/07/2015

then why not say so up front, instead of appearing to have a very narrow focus? besides, how...(more)

Don . B 27/07/2015

Build a large power generating thermal incinerator . All the plastics and other waste can easily...(more)

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