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The Dolley family trying out the Riverbend Road pathway.
Wheelie fun: The Dolley family trying out the Riverbend Road pathway.

Two of the region's newest cycleways are open and a cycling party is planned to celebrate them. The Tour de iWay on Sunday, October 9, starting at 11am, offers the opportunity to take part in a great community event for all ages, and for people to try out two of the first iWay routes in Napier Up for grabs are some great spot prizes, and cyclists will also have the chance to win a new bike.

Voting packs have been sent to enrolled voters and to make sure you have your say Local Government New Zealand is urging people to post their papers well before polls close. Postal voting for the 2016 local elections runs from Septembe16 with all voting papers returned to the relevant council by midday on October 8. As part of its Vote2016 campaign to lift voter turnout to over 50 per cent for the first time since the 1980s, and to create a civic buzz around the process of voting, LGNZ is urging people to post their papers on Saturday 1 October – or ‘Vote Day’. “Some of the main reasons people give for not voting are they forgot, ran out of time or were too busy,” LGNZ Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander says. 

She’s keen: Petanque player Barbara Lucas is looking forward to lots of time on the terrain come summer.
She’s keen: Petanque player Barbara Lucas is looking forward to lots of time on the terrain come summer.The district’s first public petanque court has been opened; a move that has especially pleased resident Barbara Lucas who convinced Council of the merits of the idea. The petanque terrain was opened next to the Frimley playground, in Frimley Park, last month, with Mrs Lucas throwing down the first boule.

The district’s first public petanque court has been opened; a move that has especially pleased resident Barbara Lucas who convinced Council of the merits of the idea. The petanque terrain was opened next to the Frimley playground, in Frimley Park, last month, with Mrs Lucas throwing down the first boule.

Caption: an artist’s impression of the celestial navigation compass – a key element of the estuary enhancement project in Waitangi Regional Park.
Ready, set, go: The celestial navigation compass – a key element of the estuary enhancement project in Waitangi Regional Park.

The contract has been awarded to build key elements of Waitangi Regional Park’s estuary enhancement. Work is due to start early next month. At Wednesday's meeting (September 21) of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Tenders Committee, the civil works element of this project - with a total value of $1.1 million - was awarded to Fulton Hogan Ltd. The work will start the week of 3 October and is to be completed by 27 January next year, in time for 2017 Waitangi Day celebrations.

Perfect place: Ceramic and print artist Lynda McNamara and taxidermist artist Graham Renner declared their vows in the Hastings City Art Gallery.
Perfect place: Ceramic and print artist Lynda McNamara and taxidermist artist Graham Renner declared their vows in the Hastings City Art Gallery.

The fine works of Toss Woollaston were the back drop for a very special ceremony in the Hastings City Art Gallery last week – the nuptials of artists Lynda McNamara and Graham Renner. Hastings ceramic and print artist McNamara (now Renner) said the idea to hold their wedding in the gallery was a “brainwave that came at 2.30 in the morning”.

The closing date for the Hastings District Council assistance package available to businesses adversely affected by the Havelock North gastroenteritis outbreak has been extended to 30 September 2016. This aligns with the closing date of the Work and Income ‘Loss of Income Payment’ assistance being offered to people who lost income because of the outbreak. Hastings District Council chief executive Ross McLeod said 24 applications for business assistance to date had been received by Council and are continuing to be processed as they are received.

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