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Reggie reminder: Dogs must be registered by the end of this week.
29 July 2015

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.

Nigel McLean
20 July 2015

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.

Art fence: An impression of how the wooden fence around the opera house will look. It will be designed to hole dopies of original art by top artists.
20 July 2015

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.

Water play: Splash Planet is in the top six Pacific fun places to play.
17 July 2015

Hawke's Bay's water park has again been recognised on the international stage. Splash Planet is the sixth best water park in the South Pacific, one spot down from their fifth placing in 2014. The 2015 Tripadvisor travellers' choice awards were announced this week ranking the world's best amusement parks, water parks, zoos and aquariums.

10 July 2015

Tuesday update: The roads are open however the Taihape Road from the forestry camp to Kuripoponga Bridge has black ice in several places. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be aware of the raod surface conditions. The Napier Taupo Road also has very icy stretches in places and the same warnings apply.

Monday roads update: Everything is open but some roads remain icy so drivers are warned to drive to the conditions.


Top coat: One more layer of resin and some front doors and these kennels will be ready.
9 July 2015

The first stage of the kennel redevelopment at Hastings District Council’s pound is all but finished.The final coat of resin was applied to the floor today (July 2), and the painters will be back to finish next week. The kennel doors will go on in the same week. The next priorities are to start on the rebuild of the other half of the kennelling facility and set up an animal welfare advisory committee.

Li Sha: An earhtquake in her home town in 2008 killed 70,000 people.
6 July 2015

The woman whose identity has been puzzling hundreds of students over the last few weeks is no shrinking violet – with awards for rescuing the wounded in an 8.0 earthquake that killed 70,000 and left another 18,000 missing, among them her mother and two “so cute, so young” nieces. Choosing Li Sha to be The Face of the competition was not a random act.

The Face: The skills learned by students in Hastings District Council's Amazing China Face Race are invaluable, say teachers.
6 July 2015

The just completed Amazing China Face Race is being lauded as a “great teaching tool” by colleges – with many calling on organiser Hastings District councillor Kevin Watkins to run it annually. Hastings students had to use their research skills to unravel clues to find one unnamed person in China – a country with a population of more than 1.4billion. They then had to find a way to contact that person for a code to submit to Hastings council to claim the prize – a fully funded trip to China.

Hawke's Bay Opera House
4 July 2015

A timeline for decisions on the earthquake-prone Hawke’s Bay Opera House has been announced.
Residents are expected to get their first look at possible options in about 10 weeks’ time.
Those options are likely to be broader than many imagine, covering a number of projects, given the current estimated cost of repairing the opera house and the adjacent Hastings Municipal Buildings to about 70 per cent of the current building code is estimated to be near $18 million – much more than had been expected.

Cloud workshops" art classes for bereaved children.
3 July 2015

The impetus for artist Deborah Smith putting her efforts into running free art classes for bereaved children was the death of her own father. He was 42 when he died from melanoma; Smith was 18 and her siblings younger. It was a very difficult time, with little distraction from the realities of losing a close family member, Smith said. “We were all at sea. There was nothing then and nothing now.”


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