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 on May 18 will herald the start of the work. The 440 metre long Chesterhope Bridge, at the northern end of Hastings on Pakowhai Road, crosses the Ngaruroro River.
At aged 34, Nicholas Magdalinos weighed 116 kilograms and was on a fast track to significant health issues. He’s still 34, but Nic is now an amazing 27 kilograms lighter after turning his life around and the only fast track he is on is one to a brighter future and improved health and wellbeing. The Hawke’s Bay resident and managing director of an architecture firm will be taking part in his first ever full marathon at the Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon on Saturday,May 14.
The tinge of green on the hills and cooler weather have some people becoming complacent about fire risk. Rural fire brigades in Hastings have attended about eight risky fires in the last two weeks, prompting rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell to call for people to plan ahead. The fires attended were either unattended or burning at night – not allowed even under an open fire season. Two were on the verge of getting away when brigades arrived to put them out.
The closure of the Karamu, Frederick and Grove roads intersection next week will be kept to as few days as possible, says Hastings District Council. The closure of the busy intersection, from Monday May 9 to Wednesday May 11, will allow the intersection to be re-sealed, following the improvement work carried out over the last eight weeks.
For the second quarter in a row spending in Hastings is up by 20 per cent. “It’s very good news. That gives us six months of steady increases which is a sign of confidence in our district, both by businesses and residents,” said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.
The inaugural Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay International Marathon has smashed predictions with all race categories sold out. That means almost 5000 competitors have signed up to be a part of what already looks set to become an iconic event on the running and social calendar; one that is as much about where the athletes are running as it is about how far.
Getting its hands on an internationally-travelled art installation project is a real coup for the Hastings City Art Gallery. Gallery director Toni MacKinnon announced this week that The cubic structural evolution project will arrive next month and open in June. Made up of 50,000 pieces of white Lego, it relies on the viewing public to build an “outlandish and titanic” city.
The complex ‘personalities’ of Asia have been explored in-depth by New Zealand artists, and now their works have been brought together in an amazingly vibrant exhibition, Visiting Asia. Gallery director Toni MacKinnon says the works run the gamut, from “emotionally affecting” to “gently having fun with cultural misunderstandings”, and across media, from video works to a fantastic sculptural pieces and installation.
Work to correct the uneven surface along a section of Havelock Rd will be completed within four weeks. The problem affects about 600 metres between Havelock Bridge and St Andrews Rd, along the seam where the old road joins the new widened stretch. There are another couple of very small patches of road that appear to be suffering from the same problem, and a decision on whether to fix those at the same time is being made.
On what is the second year of New Zealand's 100 year commemoration of World War One, a full list of commemorations and events across Hawke’s Bay are being planned. Hastings RSA has services organised in the city centre, at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital, Havelock North, Clive, Maraekakaho, Waimarama and Te Hauke Marae.