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Te Ururoa Flavell, Lawrence Yule, Steven Joyce and Nathan Guy at Bostocks
Plan for prosperity: A short tour of the Bay included a trip out to Bostocks. Chatting are, from left, Minister Te Ururoa Flavell, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, Minister Steven Joyce and Minister Nathan Guy.

A brand new plan to build prosperity in Hawke's Bay has been launched; one that makes the most of the region's abundance of natural resources. Matariki - Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016 was launched yesterday(July 27) at a function in Napier. Representatives of all the parties involved in putting the strategy together were at the launch in the MTG, including local and central government, iwi and business.

Lindisfarne College
Getting to know you: Agents specialising in placing international students in tertiary institutions and schools have been showing keen interest in Hawke’s Bay; arriving in the region to tour schools that may be suitable for their clients.

Hawke’s Bay is on track to ramp up its international student enrolments, as increasing numbers of international education agents arrive personally checking out the region. It is estimated that ground work being done now will bring another 300-plus students into the region over a year, taking the total to about 1600 spread over 12 schools and six tertiary institutions across Hastings and Napier.

central city
Busy place: Retail statistics are up for the fifth quarter in a row.

Retail growth in Hastings continues to outstrip the national rate, up more than eight per cent in the three months ended June 2016. That compared with an average 4.0 per cent across New Zealand over the same period. The Marketview report provides Hastings District Council with retail spending statistics every three months, worked out on a formula based on retail spend by cardholders. The information helps Council plan, particularly around its Vibrancy Plan for the city centre.

Menzshed Hastings club rooms
Sweet clubrooms: The old netball changing rooms have taken on a new lease of life.

A ramp to be used in activities designed to encourage and give confidence to wheelchair users has been built by Menzshed members and delivered to Hastings Sport Centre. The centre is running programmes that will encourage wheelchair independence for children with disabilities. Menzshed Hastings was set up earlier this year and has found a home in the former changing rooms of the old Hastings netball courts in Windsor Park. The building has been leased to the club by Council.

Hastings Library
Beating midwinter blues: Manhandling the big blue blocks up onto the mezzanine floor of the Hastings Library was worth the effort on Wednesday 13th July. The Imagination Playground blocks, normally out for play in Albert Square, would not fit through the library door, so staff made a human chain and passed over 100 blocks from the Hall of Memories to the upstairs activity area. But the work paid off – more than 200 children made the most of the giant blocks throughout the day.

“Masses” of people are flocking to Hastings District libraries, and that has the staff grinning broadly. By mid-July the number of people who had visited the Hastings Library had reached almost 20,000, with 31,000 visitors being an average July. On one day last week Flaxmere Library had 1100 people use the library, up from an average 700 on a school holiday weekday. Havelock North Library is steady, with numbers tracking last year’s totals.

Lyndhurst stage 2
Storm water plan: Council has found a solution to storm water issues at the proposed stage 2 Lyndhurst development.

Tricky issues with the planned second stage of the Lyndhurst subdivision in Frimley have been solved, with Council coming up with a solution that halves the cost of managing storm water. Hastings District Council agreed today (July 19) to buy a nearby piece of land on which to manage storm water. The plan would see the cost of storm water disposal drop from $5 million to $2.5m.

My Voice My Choice

Public consultation has been approved by HDC on a proposal to amend the  Dangerous, Earthquake-prone and Insanitary Buildings Policy of 2006. 

Council is keen to hear from any person, group or business that would like to make a submission

In accordance with Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Hastings District Council gives notice that a Summary of Submissions on Variation 1 is now available and further submissions can be made.

In accordance with Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Hastings District Council gives notice that Hastings District Council has prepared the following variation to the Proposed Hastings District Plan.

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