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Splash pad; Hastings
Water on: There will be much splashing about from Saturday.

The splash pads in Flaxmere Park and Cornwall Park will be back on from this weekend –7am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and then 3pm to 7pm on weekdays. A great effort by residents has seen just over a 20 per cent reduction in water use from the peak use last week. This reduction in water use means that the reservoir water levels are recovering. The situation is not back to normal yet so water restrictions remain in place, however the savings so far mean the community splash pads can be turned back on.

Prize winner Julie Hart, centre, flanked by councillors Adrienne Pierce, left, and Sandra Hazlehurst inside The Eastbourne.
Dinner’s up: Prize winner Julie Hart, centre, is flanked by councillors Adrienne Pierce, left, and Sandra Hazlehurst inside The Eastbourne.

The entertainment space off the Opera House Plaza has a brand new name: The Eastbourne. The winner of a competition to name the space was announced on Friday. Julie Hart, the manager of Hastings Women’s Refuge, was thrilled to win the naming competition. Her prize is a catered dinner for up to 10 people in The Eastbourne. Ms Hart’s entry beat 120 submissions.

Frimley Pool
Underway: Frimley Pool is being filled without impacting the town water supply.

Frimley Pool is in the process of being filled with the help of the Hastings Girls High School, and kids will be able to splash about in it very shortly. Paint work on the pools was finished last week and now water is flowing in. Normally the pools would have been filled from the town supply but given the water use restrictions the neighbouring high school offered to fill the pools from its private bore.

Record high water use means the pumps drawing water from the aquifer into reservoirs feeding Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere cannot keep up with demand. The situation is critical and a sprinkler ban is in force from today. “There is not a shortage of water – there is plenty of water in the aquifer. The issue is that we have used an extremely large amount of water in the last week, and the pumps cannot go fast enough to keep up with demand. They are at capacity,” said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. He said that the Brookfield bores being closed was contributing to the issue. “We are working hard to get one more bore open by Christmas which will ease the situation, but in the meantime we need everyone to pull together on this. We really need to help each other.”

Record high water use and low rain forecasts mean the community is being asked to make “serious efforts” to conserve water. Last weekend’s water use from the town supply that feeds Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere was the highest in five years. Some residents in elevated parts of the urban area are already being affected by low water pressures, caused by bore pumps not being able to keep up with demand. “We really need to make serious efforts to conserve water, particularly outdoors which is typically where the greatest use is in hot weather,” said a Hastings District Council spokesperson.

Bring them in: Recycling centre staff Querida Wilkins and Bubs Tikitiki are ready and waiting to take old and unneeded children’s car seats. They can be dropped off for recycling for free in Hastings.
Recycling centre staff Querida Wilkins and Bubs Tikitiki.

Almost every part of a child’s car seat is recyclable – and in Hastings they can be recycled free of charge. More than 40,000 child car restraints reach their ‘use by’ date each year in New Zealand.  Most end up in a landfill, despite more than 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable.  Seatsmart is New Zealand’s only child car seat recycling programme.