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Turnover: Shopping in Hastings city centre.
Turnover: Shopping in Hastings city centre.

A big leap in retail spending in Hastings is very positive news for the district, says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. In the three months to December spending in Hastings shops and eateries was up almost 20 per cent on the same period the year before, a just-released report says. Nationally retail spending was up just 2.6 per cent.

The Big Easy, 2014
The Big Easy, 2014

More than 2000 riders are expected to saddle up for annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke’s Bay Trails this Easter. Now in its fourth year, The Big Easy is a 43km leisure ride on the flat, mainly off-road Hawke’s Bay Trails with riders encouraged to take as long as they can, stopping at the many attractions and hospitality stops along the way. Registered riders will receive a wrist band that gives them access to hot deals on offer from participating outlets.  

The Waitangi Day, The ‘Big 9’ event, with sports, arts, food and music, is on this Saturday – and it is going to be huge. The event, one of the biggest Waitangi Day celebrations in New Zealand, is hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park in Hastings.

Still dry: Recent rain has not dampened the fire risk.
Still dry: Recent rain has not dampened the fire risk.

Despite the rain of the last few days fire restrictions remain in force throughout Hawke’s Bay. While tropical cyclone Victor has provided some short term relief from the El Nino dry spell that the Bay has been experiencing, the risks are still high, says Eastern Regional Rural Fire Committee chairman Trevor Mitchell.

"Bogus" phone calls that prompted council warning turned out to be genuine. A day after warning residents to be wary of bogus phone calls about water tests, the Hawke's Bay Regional Council has said they were genuine after all. On Wednesday, the council said it was concerned for the security of local homeowners after it received calls from residents in Napier and Hastings.

Our pets often have a very special place in the family but unlike other family members they can’t simply tell us when they are not well. To help us to know when they need help, internationally acclaimed Holistic Veterinarian and best-selling author Dr Deva Khalsa will share her knowledge in a free talk on holistic health for pets at the Hastings Library on Tuesday 9 February at 6.30pm. 


My Voice My Choice

The Hastings City Centre Vibrancy Plan has been completed.Read how the CBD will be a vibrant, fun and great place. 


Council is nearly a month through the four month free parking trial. We are now seeking your feedback.

Consulation has now closed on the Draft Smoke Free Policy.

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