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New water mains are about to be laid under two roads in Hastings, with the latest drilling techniques used to keep disruption to the minimum possible. Retailers along Heretaunga St, between the Stortford Lodge roundabout and Nelson Street have all been individually advised and added to an email data base so they can be kept up-to-date with progress. The Heretaunga Street project includes a new trunk water main, a renewal of an existing local water main and a sewer renewal in Gallian St. The second project is on Te Mata Rd in Havelock North, from Karanema Dr to Durham Dr and Saint Hill Lane. Residents along the road have been advised and a public meeting held at which they could ask questions about the work.

“Drawing all the strings together” to get a full understanding of just where our water comes from, where it goes, and how it should be managed, is behind the calling of next week’s water symposium. Nearly 30 speakers will address the public symposium, being held over two days (June 1 and 2) at the Peak Vision Church, Te Mata Mangateretere Road, Havelock North. Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule says it is important to improve the whole community’s knowledge around the complexities of the aquifer, the management of it, and the demands on it. “We know the importance of our water but what we want to do is to dramatically improve everyone’s understanding of our natural water systems."

Tasted sandwich
Getting toasted: FAWC entries rolling in.

With just days to go until entries close, two more Hawke’s Bay epicureans have registered to serve up their ultimate toasted sandwich as part of new Winter F.A.W.C! event Toasted! Toasted! will bring together six local foodies battling it out to create their own version of that crispy, buttery, gooey Kiwi classic – the toastie. The event, to be held in a market-style atmosphere at Shed 1,  in Riddell Street, Ahuriri, was launched as part of the Winter F.A.W.C! programme a fortnight ago.

Get the gear: Mayor Lawrence Yule dishes out discs to kids about to have a go.
Get the gear: Mayor Lawrence Yule dishes out discs to kids about to have a go.

Anyone can play disc golf: It is low impact and suitable for all shapes, sizes and ages, says a man who is passionate about the sport. But be warned, Ryan Kitto says, “It’s very addictive”. Mr Kitto drove up from his Woodville home on Wednesday (May 10) for the opening of Hawke’s Bay’s first disc golf course on Flaxmere Park.

Major Hawke’s Bay businesses have thrown their support behind the Be Safe Be Seen campaign being run by iWay over the next few weeks.
The annual campaign encourages cyclists, walkers and runners to have the correct equipment – lights, bright clothing and other reflective gear – if they are out and about in the early mornings and evenings.
Napier Port, Mr Apple, Pan Pac, Heinz Watties and Mitre 10 Mega, which all have significant numbers of staff who commute to work on bikes, will be visited by the iWay crew. 

From left are netballers Asher Grapes Netball and Imke Kitchen, and hockey players Olivia Ward and Grace Gibson.
Aiming high: From left are netballers Asher Grapes Netball and Imke Kitchen, and hockey players Olivia Ward and Grace Gibson. Olivia and Grace are off to America this year to take their sporting careers to the next level.

After just six months a bunch of talented young Hawke’s Bay athletes are rapt with how much stronger and fitter they are after taking part in a new high performance programme, not previously available in Hawke’s Bay. They are also loving working with like-minded teens across a range of sporting codes. Traditionally, their training has focussed on their sport and running – now they also take part in a conditioning regime which, among other things, leaves them less prone to injury. They also understand a lot more about their bodies’ nutritional needs at different points in their sporting preparation.