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Hawke's Bay Opera House
Inside view: The Hawke's Bay Opera House

Keeping the opera house is “a no-brainer”, says internationally acclaimed urban designer James Lunday. He was in Hastings on Wednesday (November 18) to meet with the Independent Working Group (IWP) which has the job of coming up with options and concepts for the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, 

It is the Havelock North Library’s turn for a revamp, with plans being drawn up over the next few months. “How best to lay the building out in relation to how the library is used both now and into the future is the focus,” said libraries’ manager Paula Murdoch. “But before we begin that bigger project, there are a few maintenance issues to address before Christmas.” The old skylights above the non-fiction collection will be removed on Monday 7 December.

Tourism poster: Dennis Beytagh, New Zealand, 1960, Lithograph, Tourist Department
Pretty as a picture: Dennis Beytagh, New Zealand, 1960, Lithograph, Tourist Department

Beautifully drawn posters “selling the dream” to the potential tourists of the early 1900s have become artworks in their own right. Before the advent of colour photos and automated large-scale printing carefully-crafted poster images were pivotal in developing New Zealand’s tourism industry and the country’s national identity. Selling the Dream is an exhibition of classic tourism posters opening at Hastings Art Gallery on December 5.

Clive River
Pretty place: Clive is due to have its 10 year plan reviewed and ideas for a new one are welcome.

The Clive Community Group is inviting Clive residents to a meeting next Monday to discuss “where to from here”. Up for discussion will be a review of the success of the current Clive Community Plan 2006-2016 and ideas for the future. 

Lawrence Yule and John Payne
Hi-tech: Animal management manager John Payne shows mayor Lawrence Yule the new reducing pen designed to keep animal control staff safe when handling dangerous dogs.

Twelve months on from a review of council’s dog control section the new pound kennels are complete – and it is much easier to keep the dogs healthy. They are also quieter and more relaxed. Hastings District councillors viewed the complex on Tuesday morning before accepting a report on progress at a planning and regulatory committee meeting held after the site visit.

Te Reo programme Me Noho Takatu
A Be Prepared teaching resource put together in Hawke's Bay has won a National Maori Language Award.

The Me Noho Takatū project has won the local government category of Ngā Tohu Reo Māori – The National Māori Language Awards. Me Noho Takatū meaning 'Be Prepared' was developed by a Hawke's Bay group providing bilingual resources for Hawke's Bay Kōhanga Reo and Early Childhood Education kaiako/teachers, whānau and children.

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