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Marama, performed at the Hawke's Bay Opera House circa 1920s
Long history: A 1920s production, Marama, in the Hawke’s Bay Opera House.

Magnificent art celebrating the 100th birthday of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House is about to be installed on the fence outside the Grand Old Lady. A family-focused celebration with an early 1900s theme and the unveiling of the art will be held on Sunday October 18, the exact day of the first performance 100 years earlier.

No further chlorine is being added to the Havelock North water supply, after tests for contamination came back clear. Yesterday (October 5) when chlorine dosing stopped, council said it could take a couple of days for the taste of the chlorine to completely disappear. The clear results were the third in a row which, under drinking water regulations, allowed chlorine treatment to stop.

The new Clive cycle and walkway with its ultra-modern eco-friendly plastic footpath and state-of-the-art lighting is finished and a ceremony to officially open it will be held on Friday [October 9]. The $650,000 project replaced the old narrow uneven concrete path with a wider, smoother, fenced off cycle and walkway with new pedestrian guard rail which has the added touch of LED lighting within the handrails. 

Tyres cleared from Te Mata Peak.
Tyre pile: More than 200 tyres were removed from Te Mata Peak on Sunday.

It might have been pelting down, but that did not stop 25 hardy souls taking up the Hastings District Ccouncil’s call to help clean up Te Mata Peak on Sunday. Council’s environment enhancement officer and event organiser Wendy Beeke was very pleased with the turnout, particularly given the atrocious weather.

The Great Local Band Competition
The Great Local Band Competition

Bands who want their chance in the spotlight - and some cash - need to get a video together and get it up on-line before October 7. A Hawke’s Bay based-band will win a prize pack which includes being paid to play on stage at the A$P Show in October, a professional photo shoot, and the design of a logo for their band. The Great Local Band Competition is brand new idea from Hastings District Council that fits within council’s support of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show.

Nimon and Sons
Tourism triumph: Nimon & Sons won the Activity and Attraction category (sponsored by Hastings District Council) and then went on to take out the supreme award.

Last night (Sept 17) close to 200 Hawke’s Bay tourism providers and industry members gathered at East Pier Hotel for the fourth annual Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards.Hosted by actor, singer and performer Shane Cortese, the night was full of fun and glamour as the regional tourism industry celebrated local tourism businesses delivering exceptional visitor experiences. The awards were open to Hawke’s Bay Tourism members (financial and non financial) across all tourism sectors and over 50 entries were received.

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akiwi 10/09/2015

Thank you for your kind reply. I acknowledge some of my thoughts are not exactly great ideas....(more)

akiwi 09/09/2015

Maybe concentrate on the 'type' of people you want to attract to a revitalised
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