News archive: July 2017

Mangateretere School students open up new laptops.
31 July 2017


There has been a perfect match between a programme helping young people into work and a school keen for help as its roll skyrockets. Mangateretere School’s roll has tripled from 13 to 38 this year, leaving it needing support for its teaching principal and one other teacher. Meanwhile Michaela Dunn was looking for work after returning home to Hawke’s Bay from Palmerston North. The Rangatahi mā, Kia eke project, a partnership between Hastings District Council and the Ministry of Social Development, aims to help 25 young people aged 16 to 24 who are having difficulty finding work.

The drill working on the Heretaunga pipe install.
28 July 2017


With progress on replacing a major water pipe under Heretaunga St going well, work on the second part of the project to install a new water main under Te Mata Road is ramping up. Under Heretaunga St the new pipe will be threaded through the pre-drilled first section early next week, after which the second of the three sections will be drilled.  Along Te Mata Rd and in St Hill Lane investigations to confirm the location of underground services will start on Monday (July 31), with small potholes dug along the stretch between Durham Drive and Karanema Drive and in St Hill Lane.

Sandra Wareham in her Haumoana home with six-month-old twins Layla, left, and Rockley., Sandra Wareham, with husband Stephen with Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.
28 July 2017


The Warehams are all now ‘true blue’ Kiwis and have a certificate to prove it. Sandra Wareham affirmed her allegiance to New Zealand at a citizenship ceremony in Hastings this month, and could not be happier.  She and husband Stephen moved from North London to Hawke’s Bay in 2011 with their three children Vinnie, Kayleigh and Breeze. Courtesy of his New Zealander father, Stephen already had citizenship and therefore the three children did too.

Mangateretere roundabout
28 July 2017


The new Whakatu Arterial Link roundabout on State Highway 2 (SH2) will open this afternoon, which will also allow Napier Rd to be reopened. The weather had been kind over the last week which meant the top two coats of asphalt could be laid by the contractors, said Hastings District councillor and chairman of the works and services committee Kevin Watkins. “The weather has been a bit difficult however any delays should have no impact on the finishing of the entire project by late next year.

HIllmac Electrical Junior and Intermediate School Speech Contest
27 July 2017


The 2017 HIllmac Electrical Junior and Intermediate School Speech Contests will once again allow children in years 5-8 from around the region to demonstrate their knowledge of hazards, natural disasters and how to prepare for them. The inaugural contest took place in September 2016 and was restricted to year 5 and 6 students. Twelve children from six schools prepared and delivered a three-minute speech on the theme of natural hazards and disasters. In 2017, feedback received from the initial event along with sponsorship from Hillmac Electrical will see the event expanded to include Intermediate students (year 7 and 8). 

GovHack NZ
27 July 2017


Turning compelling stories into award-winning and useful projects is what this year’s GovHack teams will be striving for at this weekend’s event. EIT Hawke’s Bay is the host venue for the second year in a row, which also happens to be the second year the region has participated in this nationwide event. The teams will be using open data, made available by local Councils and central Government agencies. It is information that the organisation creates or receives as part of their day to day business, and doesn’t contain any private or confidential details.

Age Concern Flaxmere
27 July 2017


Helping elderly avoid being scammed, either on-line or on their doorstep, is the aim of a new programme being rolled out this year. Age Concern Flaxmere will set up and run the programme in Flaxmere, then offer it to more local areas in future. Hastings District Council is supporting the programme, donating $5766 from its Contestable Grants Fund. The fund is distributed annually to groups developing or delivering a community service or project which fits with Council’s aim of “building a safe, liveable, sustainable community”. Council is profiling successful applicants from this year’s grants round.

Bostock Edible Garden Show
26 July 2017


The annual Bostock Edible Garden Show touches almost all sectors of our society – from gardeners, foodies and lifestyle block owners, to tots (through pre-school programmes), tertiary students (through a design competition) and families interested in healthy living. Hastings District Council is again supporting the event, donating $10,000 from its Contestable Grants Fund this month. The fund is distributed annually to groups developing or delivering a community service or project which fits with Council’s aim of “building a safe, liveable, sustainable community specifically”. Council is profiling successful applicants from this year’s grants round.

Manawatu Gorge
24 July 2017

The Transport Agency is advising that a large new slip has fallen on the Manawatu Gorge, which has been closed since late April following two other significant slips. NZTA Regional Transport Systems Manager Ross I’Anson says approximately 10 thousand cubic metres of material, including large boulders, was discovered by contractors inspecting the road this morning. The slip is likely to have come down over the weekend during heavy rain. - NZTA

Emergency Clifton sea wall
24 July 2017


Emergency measures to repair erosion caused by recent high seas have been completed, with 400 tonne of rock laid along the worst affected stretches. Pounding seas took out two 20 metre chunks of coast, one in front of the Clifton Marine Club boat ramp; the other between the existing sea wall in front of Clifton Camp and the Clifton Café. Two hundred tonne of limestone boulders had been placed in each area.


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