Nearly 14,000 people have been to see and help build the Lego exhibition with still a month to go – 6000 more than expected for the whole of the exhibition period. It is being hailed a “massive success”, by Hastings City Art Gallery director Toni MacKinnon. By the end of Thursday (July 28) 13,810 people had been into the gallery in the 55 days it had been open so far.
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A free app is putting official disaster alerts and lifesaving information on Hawke's Bay smart phones. Hazard App, developed by New Zealand Red Cross, is a free app that alerts users to hazards like wild weather and flooding, and tsunami, put out by Civil Defence Hawke's Bay. The app also includes information about how to prepare for emergencies, what to do after a disaster has occurred and an ‘I am safe’ messaging function.
A brand new plan to build prosperity in Hawke's Bay has been launched; one that makes the most of the region's abundance of natural resources. Matariki - Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016 was launched yesterday(July 27) at a function in Napier. Representatives of all the parties involved in putting the strategy together were at the launch in the MTG, including local and central government, iwi and business.
Hawke’s Bay is on track to ramp up its international student enrolments, as increasing numbers of international education agents arrive personally checking out the region. It is estimated that ground work being done now will bring another 300-plus students into the region over a year, taking the total to about 1600 spread over 12 schools and six tertiary institutions across Hastings and Napier.
Retail growth in Hastings continues to outstrip the national rate, up more than eight per cent in the three months ended June 2016. That compared with an average 4.0 per cent across New Zealand over the same period. The Marketview report provides Hastings District Council with retail spending statistics every three months, worked out on a formula based on retail spend by cardholders. The information helps Council plan, particularly around its Vibrancy Plan for the city centre.
A ramp to be used in activities designed to encourage and give confidence to wheelchair users has been built by Menzshed members and delivered to Hastings Sport Centre. The centre is running programmes that will encourage wheelchair independence for children with disabilities. Menzshed Hastings was set up earlier this year and has found a home in the former changing rooms of the old Hastings netball courts in Windsor Park. The building has been leased to the club by Council.
“Masses” of people are flocking to Hastings District libraries, and that has the staff grinning broadly. By mid-July the number of people who had visited the Hastings Library had reached almost 20,000, with 31,000 visitors being an average July. On one day last week Flaxmere Library had 1100 people use the library, up from an average 700 on a school holiday weekday. Havelock North Library is steady, with numbers tracking last year’s totals.
Tricky issues with the planned second stage of the Lyndhurst subdivision in Frimley have been solved, with Council coming up with a solution that halves the cost of managing storm water. Hastings District Council agreed today (July 19) to buy a nearby piece of land on which to manage storm water. The plan would see the cost of storm water disposal drop from $5 million to $2.5m.
The future of Hastings most lucrative event is secure, after Hastings District Council this week (July 19) voted to fully back it. Horse of the Year brings $12 million into the local economy over its five days, each year. After carefully considering an independent review of the 2016 event, councillors agreed that Hastings, as host city, should increase its annual sponsorship, this year to $120,000. It also agreed to make a cash grant of $170,000 to Horse of the Year (Hawke’s Bay) Limited to give it the ability to better manage the financial lows and highs that come with major events.
As long as the weather plays ball the replacement for the Havelock North village clock will be installed tomorrow morning (July 19). The replica, a one-off made to fit within the existing housing, will be lifted into place sometime after 7.30am. Laurie Haines showed the pieces off today – each one handcrafted in France to be as close as possible to the original, which had stopped working properly nearly three years ago.