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.
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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.
A flyover, Olympic-style parades and medals, and the signing of a fair play charter all added to the excitement of the inaugural Super Sixes, an event that has made the finals of this year’s sports awards. The brand new event for Year Six students modelled on the Olympic Games, is a finalist in this year’s Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards, in the innovation category.
Three happy brothers used their boundless energy (and a lot of help from their mum) to take the top prize in Hastings District Council’s first ever Parks Week competition. Under-12s were challenged to grab an adult, and get around as many of Hastings’ 37 playgrounds as possible, get photos of themselves on the play equipment, and send them in to council.
The New Zealand Black Sticks Women’s Hockey team has triumphed at the Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey but not before some anxious moments in the final five minutes. The hosts had dominated large periods of the match and were three nil in front but in the final five minutes Japan mounted a strong challenge in an effort to snatch an unlikely draw and take the game to a shootout. The Black Sticks made a blistering start to the final netting twice in the first nine minutes. Olivia Merry was first on the scoresheet after just four minutes and Gemma Flynn made it two in the ninth minute.
Turning methane gas into electricity makes good environmental sense and could also prove to be a winner for the Hastings District Council and Pioneer Energy. The Omarunui Landfill, owned by the Hastings District Council and the Napier City Council, is the site of a plant which generates electricity from the methane, which is a by-product of burying rubbish in a landfill. The resulting electricity is sold back into the grid, helping to secure the region’s supply.