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.
Almost 150 youngsters had their inner Einstein nudged last week, as they dissected fish, fermented yeast and built and programmed robots, among other things. It was part of the Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s commitment to showing children that science, technology and mathematics “are sexy subjects”.
Wattie’s is on board with helping Hastings become even more beautiful. The rear wall of its premises off Kenilworth Road was constantly being defaced with graffiti up until a couple of months ago. Now it is a crisp clear façade, with a brand new fence to protect it. Next up will be trees planted along the fence and then a mural, if all goes to plan.
A public toilet and a plant converting gas into electricity in Hastings are undoubtedly top of the line. Both pieces of Hastings District Council infrastructure featured in awards line ups in May.
The perseverance of the cycling community has been instrumental in the huge success that is the region’s cycleways, says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. Work on attaching a cycleway to the Chesterhope Bridge will get underway next week, after a blessing ceremony was held on site on Wednesday (May 18). It was followed by coffee and a muffin, along with short speeches, at the Zepplin Café in Clive.
Lawrence Yule’s engineering background stood him in good stead on Monday [May 16] morning, as he helped two youngsters keen to try out the components of an upcoming Hastings City Art Gallery’s art installation. The Hastings mayor, alongside Benjamin Biddles-Brown (4) and his sister Lucia (8), checked out the 50,000 pieces of white Lego that make up The cubic structural evolution project – an installation that relies on the viewing public to build it.
A “clip-on” cycle lane is about to be attached to the Chesterhope Bridge, cutting out a very dangerous section of the Hastings cycling network. A dawn blessing was held on May 18, heralding the start of the work. The 440 metre long Chesterhope Bridge, at the northern end of Hastings on Pakowhai Road, crosses the Ngaruroro River.
The latest in a long line of initiatives to bring vibrancy to the Hastings City Centre was launched on Saturday to a wildly appreciative audience. Over 200 children came to Albert Square Park to try out the Imagination Playground. Portable, flexible and light enough for even small arms to lift, the set of large foam blocks, tubes and connectors were a big hit as the kids built everything from forts and slides to cars and flowers.
Getting community input is imperative when putting together the plan for a district for the coming year, and this year Hastings has had a good response. More than 600 people took the time to send in a tear-off slip with their response to the question on paying for parking in the city centre: Should it be paid for by putting coins in the meter, or by a charge on rates?
The excitement in the air is obvious as these Camberley School students pick up their violins and cellos for just the second time. They are a class of Year 4 children who are learning to play stringed instruments together in the Orokohanga Music programme; and already they are loving the experience.