While the bee float in the Blossom Parade this month was fun, it did come with a serious message. The “little bees” buzzing around behind the float were handing out information on the importance of bees, particularly honey bees, to our lives. The information included a list of plants people can grow in their home gardens to help feed the bees. While many people will be aware of the lethal damage the varoa bee mite has caused since it invaded New Zealand in 2000, they may not be aware that lack of food is also a serious problem, according to advocacy organisation Trees for Bees.
News archive: September 2016
Caren Wattie clearly remembers her grandad Sir James Wattie; and is rapt that her forebear’s contribution to the region has been recognised in the Hastings Icons series. The portrait of Sir James went up on the curved wall outside the ANZ bank on Heretaunga St this morning (September 28). Ms Wattie was on hand to see the art work applied to the wall and said it was “fantastic” on many levels. “It is amazing to see him recognised so publicly and the whole icons project is marvellous for the vitality of the city.”
Two of the region's newest cycleways are open and a cycling party is planned to celebrate them. The Tour de iWay on Sunday, October 9, starting at 11am, offers the opportunity to take part in a great community event for all ages, and for people to try out two of the first iWay routes in Napier Up for grabs are some great spot prizes, and cyclists will also have the chance to win a new bike.
Voting packs have been sent to enrolled voters and to make sure you have your say Local Government New Zealand is urging people to post their papers well before polls close. Postal voting for the 2016 local elections runs from Septembe16 with all voting papers returned to the relevant council by midday on October 8. As part of its Vote2016 campaign to lift voter turnout to over 50 per cent for the first time since the 1980s, and to create a civic buzz around the process of voting, LGNZ is urging people to post their papers on Saturday 1 October – or ‘Vote Day’. “Some of the main reasons people give for not voting are they forgot, ran out of time or were too busy,” LGNZ Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander says.
The district’s first public petanque court has been opened; a move that has especially pleased resident Barbara Lucas who convinced Council of the merits of the idea. The petanque terrain was opened next to the Frimley playground, in Frimley Park, last month, with Mrs Lucas throwing down the first boule.
The contract has been awarded to build key elements of Waitangi Regional Park’s estuary enhancement. Work is due to start early next month. At Wednesday's meeting (September 21) of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Tenders Committee, the civil works element of this project - with a total value of $1.1 million - was awarded to Fulton Hogan Ltd. The work will start the week of 3 October and is to be completed by 27 January next year, in time for 2017 Waitangi Day celebrations.
The fine works of Toss Woollaston were the back drop for a very special ceremony in the Hastings City Art Gallery last week – the nuptials of artists Lynda McNamara and Graham Renner. Hastings ceramic and print artist McNamara (now Renner) said the idea to hold their wedding in the gallery was a “brainwave that came at 2.30 in the morning”.
The closing date for the Hastings District Council assistance package available to businesses adversely affected by the Havelock North gastroenteritis outbreak has been extended to 30 September 2016. This aligns with the closing date of the Work and Income ‘Loss of Income Payment’ assistance being offered to people who lost income because of the outbreak. Hastings District Council chief executive Ross McLeod said 24 applications for business assistance to date had been received by Council and are continuing to be processed as they are received.
With less than three weeks until the second Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival kicks off, festival organisers are preparing for the arrival of international acts from the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA. For the 2016 event, Festival Director Pitsch Leiser has worked closely with the Dunedin and Nelson Festivals to bring several high calibre international acts to New Zealand. “By joining forces with other festivals around the country, we can afford to bring quality overseas acts to Hawke’s Bay ” says Leiser.
Nine members of the Havelock North Village Lions Club took part in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week, on Saturday morning (September 17). They picked up rubbish along the six roads leading from the Village roundabout to the Village boundaries, said president Rae Povey. "An amazing 15.5kg of rubbish was collected, and what could be was recycled. Included in the collection was over 500 cigarette butts."