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.
Statistics New Zealand gathers comprehensive data on many aspects of our region. Visit their website to find the latest economic, social and demographic statistics for Hastings District and Hawke's Bay.
The Hastings relationship with the Chinese city Guilin started in 1977, after a research scientist, Dr Don McKenzie identified a number of common areas of interest between the two cities, including horticulture and their rural-urban mix.
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.