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8 December 2016

Water restrictions are being eased today. Excellent conservation efforts by residents and damper weather have taken the pressure off the system – but people are being asked to continue being careful with water. Level three restrictions have been in place for a fortnight. That is being dialled back to level two today, which means people can use sprinklers and automated watering systems between the hours of 6am and 8am and 7pm and 9pm. Pools can also be filled and topped up.

Council's new virtual reality game: Magical Park
8 December 2016

Cute little kittens are rampaging all over Frimley Park, just waiting for our technology-savvy children to track them down. But while they are finding them, they will need to avoid the Bad Fairy. Magical Park is a virtual reality game aimed at six to 11 year olds (think Pokemon Go for children only better), designed to be used in urban parks. The use of it by councils is being promoted by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) to encourage greater use of parks and physical activity.

Santa in Havelock North; driven by councillor Kevin Watkins, Children dressed as presents in Havelock North., Christmas trees in Hastings city centre.
6 December 2016

The Christmas flags and tinsel are up, the big trees have been erected in Hastings, Flaxmere and Havelock North, Father Christmas is resplendent on the Westerman’s building, and the beautiful steel trees are up in the fountain in the city centre. And all of that means “it’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas” and it is time for Santa to hit the streets of Hastings.

Splash pad; Hastings
1 December 2016

The splash pads in Flaxmere Park and Cornwall Park will be back on from this weekend –7am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and then 3pm to 7pm on weekdays. A great effort by residents has seen just over a 20 per cent reduction in water use from the peak use last week. This reduction in water use means that the reservoir water levels are recovering. The situation is not back to normal yet so water restrictions remain in place, however the savings so far mean the community splash pads can be turned back on.

1 December 2016

Find out what days and hours our council facilities are open during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Prize winner Julie Hart, centre, flanked by councillors Adrienne Pierce, left, and Sandra Hazlehurst inside The Eastbourne.
30 November 2016

The entertainment space off the Opera House Plaza has a brand new name: The Eastbourne. The winner of a competition to name the space was announced on Friday. Julie Hart, the manager of Hastings Women’s Refuge, was thrilled to win the naming competition. Her prize is a catered dinner for up to 10 people in The Eastbourne. Ms Hart’s entry beat 120 submissions.

Frimley Pool
29 November 2016

Frimley Pool is in the process of being filled with the help of the Hastings Girls High School, and kids will be able to splash about in it very shortly. Paint work on the pools was finished last week and now water is flowing in. Normally the pools would have been filled from the town supply but given the water use restrictions the neighbouring high school offered to fill the pools from its private bore.

24 November 2016

Record high water use means the pumps drawing water from the aquifer into reservoirs feeding Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere cannot keep up with demand. The situation is critical and a sprinkler ban is in force from today. “There is not a shortage of water – there is plenty of water in the aquifer. The issue is that we have used an extremely large amount of water in the last week, and the pumps cannot go fast enough to keep up with demand. They are at capacity,” said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. He said that the Brookfield bores being closed was contributing to the issue. “We are working hard to get one more bore open by Christmas which will ease the situation, but in the meantime we need everyone to pull together on this. We really need to help each other.”

23 November 2016

Record high water use and low rain forecasts mean the community is being asked to make “serious efforts” to conserve water. Last weekend’s water use from the town supply that feeds Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere was the highest in five years. Some residents in elevated parts of the urban area are already being affected by low water pressures, caused by bore pumps not being able to keep up with demand. “We really need to make serious efforts to conserve water, particularly outdoors which is typically where the greatest use is in hot weather,” said a Hastings District Council spokesperson.

Bring them in: Recycling centre staff Querida Wilkins and Bubs Tikitiki are ready and waiting to take old and unneeded children’s car seats. They can be dropped off for recycling for free in Hastings.
22 November 2016

Almost every part of a child’s car seat is recyclable – and in Hastings they can be recycled free of charge. More than 40,000 child car restraints reach their ‘use by’ date each year in New Zealand.  Most end up in a landfill, despite more than 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable.  Seatsmart is New Zealand’s only child car seat recycling programme.