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.
“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.
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.
The future of Hastings most lucrative event is secure, after Hastings District Council this week (July 19) voted to fully back it. Horse of the Year brings $12 million into the local economy over its five days, each year. After carefully considering an independent review of the 2016 event, councillors agreed that Hastings, as host city, should increase its annual sponsorship, this year to $120,000. It also agreed to make a cash grant of $170,000 to Horse of the Year (Hawke’s Bay) Limited to give it the ability to better manage the financial lows and highs that come with major events.
As long as the weather plays ball the replacement for the Havelock North village clock will be installed tomorrow morning (July 19). The replica, a one-off made to fit within the existing housing, will be lifted into place sometime after 7.30am. Laurie Haines showed the pieces off today – each one handcrafted in France to be as close as possible to the original, which had stopped working properly nearly three years ago.
The real work is about to start on the redevelopment of Havelock North’s Village Green. The brand spanking new park is expected to be officially opened by Hastings District Council before summer. Putting in the foundations for the new home for the cricket pavilion will start this week. The moving of the historic building to its new spot, where the old kindergarten building was, is planned for two weeks’ time.
There appears to be some confusion around just what Council can and cannot do about the supply of residential sections, says Hastings District Council economic development group manager Craig Cameron. Council’s role is to zone land in a way that allows the best residential development for the district, and install infrastructure (pipes, pumps and roads etc) for the development. It has to do that in a way that is not going to be costly for ratepayers.
After three years of getting the ‘hiccups’ and being tweaked back into life; the Havelock North town clock is about to undergo a time-saving operation. For nearly a year the clock has not been functioning at all. Delays in being able to repair the clock have been caused by the need to carry out an engineering assessment on the building prior to ordering the replacement, and organising the delivery of the very special internal workings that would fit into the original.
Hastings is quite a small place, so being one of just a dozen or so of people from Iran living here certainly generates interest. Art gallery audience engagement officer Elham Salari moved to Hawke’s Bay four years ago and says that in Hastings she has found her New Zealand home. But she is still very much an Iranian and is keen to share the story of her “real Iran”, saying there are a lot of misconceptions.
Prettying up more Hastings utility boxes is underway, with the facelift of a Chorus box in Gascoigne St completed. “Arohanui” is artist Aron Nobel’s second work in the project. His original one is in Wilson Rd, in Flaxmere. His work brings the total number of decorated telecommunication boxes across the district to 21, with that number expected to reach 30 by the end of the year.