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Flaxmere Assist team with Jacoby Poulain, Henare O’Keefe and acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.
Purple popularity: The success of the purple-clad Flaxmere Assist team has been recognised, with the service made permanent. The team, pictured here with councillors Jacoby Poulain, Henare O’Keefe and acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, is rostered so that two members are in the village during the day.

Overwhelming support for the Flaxmere Community Assist team has seen it made a permanent fixture. At this month’s Hastings District Council meeting councillors resolved to make the service permanent following a year’s trial. It was brought in at the start of the last financial year in response to community concerns about safety in the town centre area and a desire to deter anti-social behaviour. It was run as an extension to the equally successful City Assist service in Hastings.

The new diffuser pipe being hauled out to sea.
Hauling out: The new diffuser pipe being hauled out to sea.

The once-in-a-generation job to replace Hastings’ wastewater outfall diffuser pipe nearly three kilometres out to sea has just been completed. The diffuser is a 300 metre long pipe with holes along it which allows treated water from the Hastings District Council Wastewater Treatment Plant at Clive to be dispersed over an area large enough to ensure good mixing with the sea water. It sits at the end of a two-and-a-half kilometre concrete pipe.


Road resealing will be carried out along the Havelock North end of Havelock Rd over five days from August 28.The work will mean that the road from Karenema Dr to just before the central village roundabout (Napier Rd and Havelock Rd) will be down to one lane for that week, with stop/go traffic management and detours in place. The resealing will follow five days of work to redo water connections around the Porter Dr/Havelock Rd roundabout.Businesses and residents in the immediate area are being directly advised of the two projects.

Napier City Council staff about to head off to an event to promote One for One.
This way: Council staff about to head off to an event to promote One for One.

The promotion of a safe drinking culture in both Napier and Hastings is something the cities’ councils are keen to support – and they are just as keen to hear the community’s ideas on how that can be achieved. Today marks day one of consultation on the revised Joint Alcohol Strategy, first adopted by Napier City and Hastings District Councils in 2011. Feedback on the revised strategy, which covers the period 2017-22, will be accepted up until Friday 8 September.

Orokohanga students from Camberley and Ebbett Park schools.
Magical music: It is amazing what can be achieved in a year; Camberley and Ebbett Park school year four students show off their classical music skills.

Fifteen months ago 17 youngsters picked up violins and cellos for the first time. Now there are 95 students at two schools in the music programme and their skills have reached the point where they have been able to stage their first public performance. The Orokohanga Music Trust programme teaches year four children from Camberley and Ebbett Park schools classical music while also building their confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

One year on from the Havelock North water gastro-outbreak, Hastings District Council has reiterated its “heart-felt sympathy” for all of those affected by the contamination of aquifer-source water feeding the Havelock North water supply. Council’s on-going top priority is delivering safe drinking water for our community, says Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.