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Omarunui Landfill
Future focused: How will we manage waste into the next era?

The pending decision on the future of waste disposal for Napier and Hastings has received a welcome boost with the announcement this week that $250,000 from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund is being invested in the Waste Futures project. A plan on how to dispose of rubbish going into the future needs to be made, as the current valley at Omarunui Landfill, jointly owned by the two councils and run by the Omarunui Landfill committee, will be full by 2025, says Hastings District councillor and committee chair Cynthia Bowers.

​An extensive three day independent investigation shows that a Hastings District Council animal control officer “could not have been involved” in an incident that left a dog injured. Council has decided to refer the matter to police, given the lack of clarity around how the dog was injured and the fact that allegations made against council officers don’t line up with the evidence available. On Sunday (August 30) social media posts said a bull dog had been injured, and alleged that it had received a “beating” at the hands of a council animal control officer on Henderson Rd.

News Jetstar will be adding Hawke’s Bay to its flight path has been welcomed by the region. David Hall, CEO of Jetstar New Zealand and Australia announced this morning that Hawke’s Bay will be one of Jetstar’s four new regional destinations. Jetstar will commence flying from Napier-Auckland from the beginning of December, offering 27 flights per week. To celebrate the new routes Jetstar is offering special $9 one-way regional launch fares from 9.30am-1.30pm today for travel 1-15 December 2015, 2 February-21 March 2016 and 4 May-29 Jun 2016. Regular one way lead in fares will be $49.

Hastings city
Hastings: The most beautiful place in New Zealand

It’s official: Hastings is New Zealand’s most beautiful spot.The Most Beautiful City award was announced on Thursday(August 27) by Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Mayor Lawrence Yule said it recognised the great deal of effort put in by organisations across the district and council to make the very best of Hastings’ natural resources and unique built environments, and the ideas and input of its innovative people.

Rural recycling bin
Special delivery: A decent size recycling bin for rural communities.

Wanting to help more farmers move away from disposing of rubbish on their farms has led to some ‘outside the square’ thinking by Hastings District Council’s waste minimisation team - and it is finding great favour with rural residents. Huge recycling containers are about to be distributed around six rural sites across the district, after a trial proved rural residents very keen to use a recycling service. 

Youngsters on the rugby field
Sporty send off: Eight sports, including rugby, will be played by 700 pre-teens in Hastings in four weeks time.

The inaugural Super Sixes  will be a big send-off for up to 700 primary school children from across the North Island next month – a “last hurrah” before the Year sixes (10 and 11 year olds) head off to intermediate schools and colleges.

My Voice My Choice

We need to plan how we are going to dispose of our rubbish in the coming decades – and it is a $50 million question we need to answer this year.

Consulation has now closed on the Draft Smoke Free Policy.

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