Hastings District Council and the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market are teaming up to celebrate Children’s Day and Cricket World Cup this Sunday, 1 March.
Backyard cricket and ‘bat down’ will feature at the Farmers’ Market at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds on Sunday. Participants in the bowling challenge could win tickets to NZ vs. Afghanistan or the West Indies vs. U.A.E. World Cup cricket matches at McLean Park. There will also be a chance to sign a giant cricket bat with a message of support for the Black Caps.
Hastings District Council Events Coordinator Craig Ireson says “We have already had over 500 Hastings and Havelock North residents sign our giant cricket bats at various events around the district. There is a real groundswell of support for the Black Caps, and we want them to know that the whole region is behind them in their quest for glory.”
World Cup Cricket and culture will combine in Cornwall Park, Hastings on International Cultures Day.
The first of three world cup matches to be played at McLean Park
takes place on Sunday 8th March and features the Black Caps and Afghanistan.
Multicultural Association Hawke's Bay President Sook Hua Lee says “A group of Afghani entertainers who are based in Auckland are being brought to Hastings as special guests for the 2015 International Cultures Day. They will bring their own unique brand of music and dance to the stage at Cornwall Park and then will support their home country at McLean Park the next day.”
Hawke’s Bay Cricket have also programmed a full day of games on the Cornwall Park pitches featuring the more ethnically diverse teams from the local club competitions; further emphasising the global nature of cricket being celebrated at International Cultures Day.
Hastings District Council’s Rural Fire Force has taken delivery of
a new appliance.
The new appliance will be located at Matapiro and replaces their large tanker which will be relocated to Haumoana
Principal Rural Fire Officer, Trevor Mitchell says “Over recent years, land use in the Matipiro area has changed to become more focussed on dairy and viticulture. It is now apparent that a smaller, easier to operate and versatile appliance better meets the current needs of the rural community.”
Routine sampling has identified low levels of bacterial contamination in the Whirinaki water supply. As a precaution the supply is being chlorinated, and residents may notice a chlorine taste or smell in their water over the next few days.
The level of contamination identified was very low, and is not considered a public health risk. However, Council takes a “zero” tolerance approach to bacteria found in the water and chlorine was introduced immediately when the presence of bacteria was confirmed.
This action will have instantly suppressed the bacteria. There are currently no plans to maintain continuous dosing of chlorine. Once the chlorine dissipates we will carry out additional monitoring to ensure there’s no ongoing source of the contamination. Council staff and its contractors will be in the area while this monitoring is undertaken.
A group of kung fu fighting monks is to perform a free concert in Hastings on Wednesday 11 March.
The monks hail from the Shaolin Monastery, the most famous temple in China. Shaolin is one of the four holy Buddhist temples of China and in addition to being the birthplace of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, is the first temple to institutionalise kung fu.
Hastings District Councillor Kevin Watkins says “The monks are highly trained performers and their routine includes running, jumping, tumbling, dancing and ‘fighting’ with spears and swords, to intricately choreographed routines. These monks are the same group which performed at WoW in Wellington last year and at the NZ International Arts Festival in 2010. They will stop off in Hastings during a tour of Fiji, Samoa and major centres in New Zealand.”
Civic Square will be the focal point for ANZAC Day services in the Hastings District this year. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign and the forging of the greatly admired ANZAC spirit.
Hastings Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers says “This year’s services, will give us a chance to place a real focus and remember the ANZAC’s who landed on the beaches at Gallipoli on the 25th of April, 1915. Local soldiers contributed a great deal to the Gallipoli campaign and Council has joined the Hastings RSA in organising a district-wide commemoration service in Civic Square.”
Cynthia Bowers says “The ANZAC Day programme will include a number of supporting events that will allow the community to fully participate in remembrance of the soldiers who fought so bravely in WW1. Both the Hastings District War Memorial Library and Hawke’s Bay Art Gallery will feature displays with an ANZAC theme, and the Library is in the process of digitising a regional roll of honour.”
Ten more Chorus roadside cabinets are to be included in a second cabinet art painting project in Hastings.
The Chorus mural painting programme began in Auckland in 2010 and has since been extended to many towns and cities around New Zealand.
In July 2014, murals were painted on ten cabinets around Hastings by thirteen tertiary students, who were undertaking the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa visual arts degree at Toimairangi based in Hastings. Local artists are again being encouraged to submit their designs for the next group of ten cabinets