Lucky 7 to 9 year olds from Lucknow School got to try out the new play equipment in the Havelock North Village Green on Wednesday, ahead of the grand opening next week. The consensus was that the water feature was the best part. It meanders through the playground and has a heap of ways to dam and divert water. A very close second was a climbing race game; the first of its kind in the region. The children shimmy up ‘fireman poles’ to ring a bell at the top. First on the bell wins.
News & Public Notices
‘Intelligent’ is not the first adjective that springs to mind when talking about lighting systems in public parks – but it should be when those parks are in Hastings. Hawke’s Bay’s community-owned electricity lines company Unison has partnered with Hastings District Council on the major redevelopment of the Havelock North Village Green. That has seen Unison donate and install an “intelligent” LED lighting system that will deliver energy savings of at least 50 per cent due to the benefits LED lighting offers.
Enabling more than 200 residential sections to be brought to market in Hastings is on the agenda this week. At the Hastings District Council meeting on Thursday councillors will vote on whether to adopt recommendations supporting rezoning land off Howard St to residential. Depending on final section sizes it should yield about 230 lots. It is one of a number of priority projects underway. Last year storm water issues slowing further development at Lyndhurst in Frimley were solved and Council is now close to enabling another 270 sections to be developed.
Educating youngsters from across the world is worth $29 million a year to Hawke’s Bay, figures released last week show. A lot of the success the region is having at attracting international students comes down to “selling” the benefits of the Bay to international education agents and journalists specialising in education. Two journalists from Brazil were in town 10 days ago (March 9), at the end of a whistle-stop tour of education facilities in four centres: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hawke’s Bay.
In three weeks’ time lantern light will once again cast its beautiful glow across the Osmanthus Gardens, with new lotus lanterns adding to the magic. This year is the eighth anniversary of the festival which celebrates Hastings’ 36-year-old sister city relationship with Guilin, in China. On the first of the five nights, April 5, visitors are being encouraged to dress in Asian costume to add to the atmosphere. The man behind the lighting of the gardens, Hastings District councillor Kevin Watkins, sourced the new lanterns which have a very special meaning.
A ruru (morepork), beautifully hand-crafted from galvanised steel atop a column of weathering steel, now watches over Kohupatiki Marae and the awa of its people, the Ngaruroro Mokotuararo ki Rangatira/Clive River. The pou marks the spot where the pre-European fortified pa Otanenuiarangi stood. “The pou honours the history of where we came from which is inseparable from who we are today.”
The plans for the makeover of the Havelock North Library have been drawn up and work is due to start in June. Urgent work completed just over 12 months ago to replace leaking skylights made sure the collections were safe while the refurbishment planning went on. The next stage of the work will see the internal layout redesigned and the front door moved to a more central position on the front wall.
State Highway 2, at the site of the Whakatu Arterial Link, will get slightly narrower from tomorrow, as the construction of the new roundabout continues. Work on the 3.5 kilometre route which heads across the fields through Whakatu to Pakowhai Rd (at the entrance to Pakowhai Country Park) started in January on SH2 (near the Napier Rd intersection).
The fire restriction status in Hastings has been pulled back to ‘open’ from today. That status applies across the Hastings district, except for areas in the control of the Department of Conservation or Bay Forests Rural District. That means outdoor fires can be lit but they must be out by dusk. Fires intended to burn later than that require a permit.
There are still two days to go at Horse of the Year – and they are the best days. One of its biggest fans, Horse of the Year board chairwoman Cynthia Bowers, is urging locals to get along for a look. She has some very good tips for newbies as well. “If I had never been before I would first have a wander around the stalls (there are lots for the non-horsey as well as a huge food court) and then park myself in the grandstand and watch the competition in the main ring.