News archive: June 2017

30 June 2017

Paid parking resumes in Hastings central city this month, after the public overwhelmingly asked Hastings District Council to revert to user pays. Council had also heard the other message from residents – that they wanted other ways to pay. From today [July 1] drivers have the options of using a coin in the meter or using an app on their smartphone to pay in the city centre. The ParkMate NZ app can be used at car parks across New Zealand, including in Napier and at the Hawke’s Bay Memorial Hospital. The company which manages the service charges 30c per transaction.

Clifton sea wall
30 June 2017

Resource consent applications to build an extended rock sea wall at Clifton will be lodged by mid-July. As part of the Annual Plan process last month, Hastings District councillors voted to proceed with a plan to build a protective sea wall, subject to gaining the required consents. The wall would protect the Clifton boat ramp, run by the Clifton Marine Club, and motor camp, run by the Clifton Reserve Society, from erosion. Consultation on building the wall attracted almost 3000 public responses, with 72 per cent either in favour of the plan or neutral. As part of the Annual Plan process the topic attracted a further 23 submissions, with 20 in support of the wall.

Pakowhai dog agility
30 June 2017

Dogs are going to have more fun and exercise in Pākōwhai Regional Park from this weekend. The park near Hastings is a very popular place to walk dogs and the new dog agility features have been donated by Hastings District Council and installed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.“The park is popular for dog walking and the new features will give dogs some more interesting places to play in and around,” said Hawke's Bay Regional Council senior open space development officer Antony Rewcastle.

Rockit Apples
30 June 2017

Rockit Global is Hawke’s Bay Exporter of the Year Specialist apple grower Rockit Global has been named ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay’s ASB Exporter of the Year this week. They were presented with the award by the Head of Trade Finance at ASB Bank, Mike Atkins, at the sold-out awards dinner last night [June 28] at the Napier Conference Centre. Rockit Global had earlier in the night won the Napier Port Industry Trail Blazer Award. - ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay

Flaxmere Community Centre administrator Robyn Kershaw and manager Graham Takie
29 June 2017

The brand spanking new commercial kitchen in the Flaxmere Community Centre will do double duty – used for training budding baristas and for hire to community groups holding functions in the centre. There will be a grand unveiling next Saturday [July 8] at which time the name for the kitchen, chosen by the community, will be revealed. The competition to name the room is open until next Wednesday [July 5]. A full kitchen had been on the wish-list for the community centre for some time, said Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe, who is on the board of the Flaxmere Planning Committee.

Manawatu Gorge slip
29 June 2017

The NZ Transport Agency says further small slips in the Manawatu Gorge have added to the challenges facing work crews and engineers working hard to stabilise hillsides and rock faces to make the road safe for traffic. Two new slips came down over the weekend near the Kerry’s wall rock face, damaging the rock fall netting that had been put in place after the Anzac day slip. - NZTA

Councillor George Lyons at the Kimi Ora exhibition; HCAG, Sione swimming staunch, 2017; photographer: Kavana Ioane.
28 June 2017

Their eyes are sparkling and their grins are wide – and they are all over the walls of Hastings City Art Gallery. The culmination of five weeks work by Kimi Ora Community School students with internationally acclaimed “rock star” photographer Edith Amituanai has morphed into a full exhibition. Two thirds of the art on show is by the mainly 10 and 11 year olds. The exhibition, #keeponkimiora, opened this month [June 15], with a bus load of the students arriving for the 5.30pm opening to see their work on the walls of the gallery for the first time

Windsor Park
27 June 2017

Ideas for the future of Windsor Park in the middle of Hastings are rolling in and there is still more than a week to go before submissions close. The 26 hectare park includes sports fields off both Sylvan Road and Windsor Ave, the disused Sylvan Rd netball courts, buildings currently used by community organisations including MenzShed and the Coffin Club, a skating rink, the Windsor Park Stream with its two historic bridges, and the new Lions Playground on the corner of Sylvan Rd and Grove Rd.

Havelock North High School students with Napier Port’s container terminal manager Adam Harvey, left, and Hastings District Council economic development manager Lee Neville. The third Dragon was Napier City Council’s economic development manager James Rowe.
26 June 2017

More than 200 students in 50-plus teams from 12 Hawke’s Bay secondary schools are about to tackle the hard end of their year in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). By now they have registered their companies with YES, come up with a product or service, spent time with their mentors, researched any laws or bylaws they need to comply with (particularly related to food and drink), presented their idea in the ‘Dragons’ Den’, and formatted business and communications plans. In June they will launch their products having organised production and planned the sales process, before preparing their annual review at the end of the competition.

Rural fire fighter teams
23 June 2017

It was a triple celebration on Wednesday night [June 21] for volunteers from the Hastings’ 13 rural fire forces. In a nationwide change, rural fire authorities and the New Zealand Fire Service are joining together to create Fire Emergency New Zealand from July 1. Until now, rural forces across New Zealand have been managed by councils or their equivalents going back to the early 1900s. In Hawke’s Bay the oldest rural unit is Waimarama, set up in 1953. Last week’s celebration gave Hastings District Council the opportunity to thank the volunteers before the change, for their considerable efforts in keeping the district safe and putting out blazes over more than 64 years.

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