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The Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs Graduation Ceremony 2016
Piped in: The graduates make their way in for the ceremony.

Eighty graduates from across Hawke’s Bay were piped into a ceremony recognising the qualifications they have gained through training on the job. The Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs Graduation Ceremony was held at Lindisfarne College earlier this month.  It celebrates the success of people who have completed training while working; through courses, apprenticeships, cadetships. “It is important that we recognise all forms of upskilling. Our EIT graduates have their ceremonies and universities have capping days; the national Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs annual ceremonies recognise those people who make a big effort to improve their knowledge and skill levels while also fully committing to their work places. That is not easy and we congratulate them on their achievements,” said Hastings deputy mayor Cynthia Bowers.

Building apprentices Jacob Renall, left, and Jesse Paewai.
Into it: Building apprentices Jacob Renall, left, and Jesse Paewai, getting stuck in to the improvements at Waipatu Marae. The pair completed their pre-apprenticeship courses at EIT last year and had both been taken on by Gemco in time for the Marae Whakatau project.

“At the almost halfway point in the Marae Whakaute project, big strides have been made”, says Ngāti Kahungunu chairman Ngahiwi Tomoana. While Te Matatini being held in Hastings next year has been a huge driver of the marae-improvement project, it is not the only one. “The ambition has always been to upgrade our marae which may be hapū and cultural-based but are also readily available for wider community use including civil defence events and the potential to become tourism hubs telling local histories and whakapapa to the campervan industry.”

Pirate ship-themed water playground
Top fun: The same pirate ship-themed water playground that is planned for Splash Planet.

“It is coming and it is exciting,” says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. New play equipment for Splash Planet, being bought to replace the pirate ship lost in an arson attack last year, has been revealed. It has a pirate theme, and is the latest in water technology. It is designed for smaller children with low rope climbing structures and plenty of safety rails but with the thrill of being doused with water. It will be fitted into the outdoor toddlers’ pool.

fish barrier: Aropaoanui River
Easy peasy: Council staff have made getting upstream easier for fish.

Getting up one of our rivers just got a whole lot easier for fish. Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have worked together enable fish to migrate up the Aropaoanui River. Resident Brian Cowper reported his concerns that a bridge protection structure on the river was hindering fish passage.

Mauricio Benega paints a mural in Hastings central city.
Prettying up: Mauricio Benega works on a mural in Hastings central city.

A building in the middle of Hastings is coming alive at the hands of artist Mauricio Benega. The blues and greens of the 40 metre mural are inspired by “the Hastings lifestyle – the architecture, landmarks, weather, our beautiful coastline, bike trails, and our amazing food, wine and coffee culture,” says Benega. The art work is the first in a project being run by Creative Hastings, backed by the Hastings District Council, which will see several “tired” buildings ear-marked for rejuvenation.

Artist's impression of the new Havelock North Village Green
Pretty as a picture: An artist's impression of the new Havelock North Village Green.

A last hurrah for the playground in the Village Green in Havelock North this weekend heralds the start of the work on getting a brand new one in by summer. On Sunday the public is invited to a celebration on the Green from 10am to noon (May 29).  Plans and drawings of the new design will be on show and there will be children’s activities including face painting, a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle and coffee cart.

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