It was all hands to the pump this morning, as many hundreds of school children biked in all the way from suburbs around Hastings, and were rewarded with a great breakfast. Twenty kilograms of bacon, 30 loaves of bread, 300 half muffins, and a box each of apples and bananas cleaned up in no time, served up by volunteers, including Hastings District Council staff and councillors.
Red, yellow and green lights will sparkle through the Osmanthus Gardens in Cornwall Park, Hastings for nine days from February 24. Hastings District Council’s International Advisory Group chairman Kevin Watkins says the annual lighting of the gardens makes for a “spectacular sight every evening”.
It is only to be expected, that at nearly 60 years of age, a starring piece of art work in our Hastings War Memorial Library needs a checkup (and possibly a touch up) every now and again. The famous war mural in the Hall of Memories at the library is to undergo preventive conservation treatment starting Sunday, February 14. “Conservation treatment is scheduled regularly to ensure the integrity and long term preservation of this irreplaceable artwork,” says deputy mayor Cynthia Bowers.
February is national Bikewise Month; a great time to leave your car at home and ride to work. Bike Wise Month includes the week-long Hawke’s Bay Commuter Challenge which starts on Monday 15 February. The Challenge offers anyone who rides their bike to work on any day of the week, a chance to enjoy a scrumptious free breakfast on the way.
More Hastings utility boxes are about to get prettier, with the call going out for artists who want to help keep Hastings beautiful. So far 20 boxes across the district having been covered with original art and 10 more will undergo facelifts this year. Hastings District Council has an agreement with Chorus, the telecommunications company that owns many of the utility boxes around the district’s street.
Two powerful new exhibitions have been installed at the gallery to commemorate the 176th signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Emily Karaka’s work Settlement and a group exhibition entitled Waitangi Wahine consider tino rangatiratanga and what it means post-treaty.
Fresh air zones are about to pop up all over Napier and Hastings, after the two councils passed a joint Smokefree Policy in November. Hastings District councillor Sandra Hazlehurst said the message is not anti-smoking, rather it is about ensuring people can have access to outdoor areas that are smoke free, particularly children and diners.
A big leap in retail spending in Hastings is very positive news for the district, says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. In the three months to December spending in Hastings shops and eateries was up almost 20 per cent on the same period the year before, a just-released report says. Nationally retail spending was up just 2.6 per cent.
More than 2000 riders are expected to saddle up for annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke’s Bay Trails this Easter. Now in its fourth year, The Big Easy is a 43km leisure ride on the flat, mainly off-road Hawke’s Bay Trails with riders encouraged to take as long as they can, stopping at the many attractions and hospitality stops along the way. Registered riders will receive a wrist band that gives them access to hot deals on offer from participating outlets.
The Waitangi Day, The ‘Big 9’ event, with sports, arts, food and music, is on this Saturday – and it is going to be huge. The event, one of the biggest Waitangi Day celebrations in New Zealand, is hosted by Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park in Hastings.