It’s official: Hastings is New Zealand’s most beautiful spot.The Most Beautiful City award was announced on Thursday(August 27) by Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Mayor Lawrence Yule said it recognised the great deal of effort put in by organisations across the district and council to make the very best of Hastings’ natural resources and unique built environments, and the ideas and input of its innovative people.
Wanting to help more farmers move away from disposing of rubbish on their farms has led to some ‘outside the square’ thinking by Hastings District Council’s waste minimisation team - and it is finding great favour with rural residents. Huge recycling containers are about to be distributed around six rural sites across the district, after a trial proved rural residents very keen to use a recycling service.
More people on the streets, for longer, with money in their pocket to spend in the shops are needed in Hastings city centre – but just how that can be achieved is not so simple to work out. Hastings District Council is holding a symposium on the issue in August, looking for ideas that can be implemented in the short term to give the city centre a “kick-start”. People interested in helping find potential solutions are invited to attend.
The inaugural Super Sixes will be a big send-off for up to 700 primary school children from across the North Island next month – a “last hurrah” before the Year sixes (10 and 11 year olds) head off to intermediate schools and colleges.
Five ceramics artists have come together in the style of a 1980 ceramics exhibition that was hailed at the time as challenging the traditional art and craft divide. This time around it's titled Five by Five: New Conversations with Clay.
Until recently searching property records held by council could only be described as a tad laborious; now you could almost describe it as fun - and many thousands of people are using it.
A new reception area being installed in the Hastings War Memorial Library this month will mean limited services are available for a few days. The reduced hours will ensure public safety while the work is being done, says Hastings District Council’s libraries manager Paula Murdoch.
Registering a dog before the end of this week will save dog owners up to $55 – and ensure they avoid the $300 fine they will get if they are caught with an unregistered dog. Hastings District Council is reminding dog owners that there are just a few days to get their dogs registered before the fine regime kicks in.
A Havelock North man who died in his prime from war wounds and who is rumoured to have had a mystery woman in his life, is the latest to have a poppy added to the street sign of the roadway named for him. Nigel St, named for Havelock North man Nigel Alexander McLean, is the seventh in the District so far to be identified as a Poppy Place.
The opera house corner is about to get a funky do-up with a fence designed to display art being built over the next few weeks. Top artists have agreed to provide the 10 works, however their names cannot be released until final details are in place. The art on the fence project will help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House.