The man who has been driving change at the Hastings District Council’s Animal Management Centre over the last year has been appointed as the new permanent manager. “His qualifications are impressive, and council is very pleased to have been able to secure his services permanently,” said council’s regulatory services manager John O’Shaughnessy.
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The Clive bridge cycleway, with its footpath made from 4.2 million recycled plastic bags, has made national news this week, cited as an example of just what can be done with discarded plastic bags. And there should be a lot more happening in the sector, with central Government putting $700,000 into the kitty to pay for installing collection points for soft plastics around the country.
Both hair and cash were flying on Wednesday (Nov 26), as the Hastings City Assist guys had their beards shaved off in public. It ended seven months of hairy growth by Chris Bartlett, BJ Pui, James Haronga and Mike Godinet – all in aid of raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation.
Keeping the opera house is “a no-brainer”, says internationally acclaimed urban designer James Lunday. He was in Hastings on Wednesday (November 18) to meet with the Independent Working Group (IWP) which has the job of coming up with options and concepts for the Hawke’s Bay Opera House,
It is the Havelock North Library’s turn for a revamp, with plans being drawn up over the next few months. “How best to lay the building out in relation to how the library is used both now and into the future is the focus,” said libraries’ manager Paula Murdoch. “But before we begin that bigger project, there are a few maintenance issues to address before Christmas.” The old skylights above the non-fiction collection will be removed on Monday 7 December.
Beautifully drawn posters “selling the dream” to the potential tourists of the early 1900s have become artworks in their own right. Before the advent of colour photos and automated large-scale printing carefully-crafted poster images were pivotal in developing New Zealand’s tourism industry and the country’s national identity. Selling the Dream is an exhibition of classic tourism posters opening at Hastings Art Gallery on December 5.
The Clive Community Group is inviting Clive residents to a meeting next Monday to discuss “where to from here”. Up for discussion will be a review of the success of the current Clive Community Plan 2006-2016 and ideas for the future.
Twelve months on from a review of council’s dog control section the new pound kennels are complete – and it is much easier to keep the dogs healthy. They are also quieter and more relaxed. Hastings District councillors viewed the complex on Tuesday morning before accepting a report on progress at a planning and regulatory committee meeting held after the site visit.
The Me Noho Takatū project has won the local government category of Ngā Tohu Reo Māori – The National Māori Language Awards. Me Noho Takatū meaning 'Be Prepared' was developed by a Hawke's Bay group providing bilingual resources for Hawke's Bay Kōhanga Reo and Early Childhood Education kaiako/teachers, whānau and children.
As the weather warms up, the risk of dogs contracting the extremely dangerous and highly contagious parvovirus increases. Animal welfare and management services across Napier and Hastings had noted increases in incidents of the virus in their facilities over the last few weeks. Hastings District Council animal management manager John Payne says the virus is much more prevalent in warm dry weather, and in areas where the rates of vaccination against the virus are low. “Roaming dogs are particularly susceptible as parvovirus can survive in the environment and remain infectious for years.”