Filter by topic


Disputes over trees, leaves, branches, roots, lack of sunlight and fences are common cause of bad feeling between neighbours.

This could be anything from trees that block your sun, roots that choke your drains, fences that your neighbours want built or replaced - often at considerable expense.

Your differences can usually be settled with a combination of tact and compromise, but if you are forced into a stand-off, legal action may be your only way out.

That could cost you anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars and will probably destroy neighbourly goodwill.


As the Flaxmere community has changed and grown over time so too has the need for the town centre to adapt. The Hastings District Council has recognised this need and initiated the Urban Design Framework to help guide future council decisions on urban form, land use and community projects in and around the town centre.


Issues surrounding Genetic Modification (GM) have been raised by the District’s food producers through a number of different forums including the Long Term Plan

One perspective on the issue has resulted in the establishment of Pure Hawke's Bay, who are seeking a moratorium on GM field trials in the region (for a period of 10 years) and are seeking the inclusion of rules in the District Plan to enforce this.


Becoming a citizen at a public ceremony is a very important step in the process of becoming a New Zealand citizen. It is an opportunity for you to publicly declare your allegiance to New Zealand and for the local Hastings District community to welcome you on behalf of all New Zealanders.


Flax—The Paharakeke Project is about recognising an asset and symbol of Flaxmere and promoting beautiful flax landscapes and significant artworks that will promote positive community identity.

It is envisioned that Flaxmere progress to a unique, iconic destination and location for inspired art and unique cultural journey, which showcases exemplars of harakeke/flax as a living landscape.


Everyone wants to save money right? Sus’d can give you the knowledge to start making changes in your everyday life that are better for your back pocket and beneficial to our environment.

We work with the Sustaining Hawke’s Bay Trust to provide information, events and competitions aimed at giving you the tools and advice you need to save your money and be more sustainable.


So many people in the Hastings District have devoted their time and energy to making a difference in our communities. Victim support volunteers, sport coaches, art enthusiasts; the list goes on.

Each year the Council recognises the voluntary service of individuals or groups/organisations through the Civic Honour Awards.


Hawke’s Bay is considered New Zealand’s showcase for Heritage Trail development, with 17 trails created since 1991, a higher number than any other region. Early trails covered Waimarama, Highway 50 in Central Hawke’s Bay and the Napier waterfront, which has since been incorporated into the Ahuriri Walk.


At the start of 2012, Hastings District councillors agreed to pursue accreditation as an accredited Safe Community - an approach that is recommended by WHO as an effective method to address violence / injury prevention at the community level.  

The application for accreditation was submited to the Safer Community Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ) and a successful site visit was held 6 December 2012. The official designation ceremony was held on 11 March 2013.

New website feedback