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Sustainable Backyards programme coming to Hawke’s Bay

In recognition that more people than ever before are searching for better ways to connect with their communities and the environment, the Environment Centre will be running a Sustainable Backyards programme over the month of November this year.

21 September 2018

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Great things growing in Havelock North

A community garden and adjoining recreational space at Anderson Park in Havelock North will soon become more family friendly with the installation of a place to shelter for visitors to the area.

4 September 2018

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Funding supports expansion of Project Prima Volta

Since it started just over five years ago, more than 160 teenagers have benefitted from the Project Prima Volta (PPV) music programme, with plans afoot to expand it to include younger, primary school students as well.

29 August 2018

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Supporting tamariki to walk tall and proud

A grant from the Hastings District Council’s contestable grants fund is a big boost to Inspire in Education’s aims to help young Māori learners achieve success, says the charitable trust’s founder and general manager Conrad Waitoa.

28 August 2018

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Conrad Waitoa

Bikes restored to former glory by Hastings MenzShed

Since they opened their doors two years ago members of the Hastings MenzShed have restored a multitude of broken down bikes, getting them back on the road rather than consigning them to the scrap heap.

8 August 2018

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Connecting with Age Concern Havelock North

With nearly 30 years of working with the community under its belt, Age Concern Havelock North continues to come up with new ways to support older residents and help them connect. Two of its most recent initiatives, both in their fourth year, are the Next Steps Lifestyle Expo and the Community Christmas Day Luncheon.

1 February 2018

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Getting rescue helicopter’s stories out

Getting the news out about a crucial Hawke’s Bay emergency service is important, both to keep the public up-to-date on its services and to encourage the donations it needs to keep it in the air.

31 January 2018

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Rural and urban; a royal celebration

Celebrating the strong links between rural and urban life in Hawke’s Bay is a key objective of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society’s annual A&P Show. The 155-year-old show, held every year in October, will this year again be honoured with the title Royal Show, making it the premier New Zealand A&P Show.

29 January 2018

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Wonderful women support each other

Over the last three years the Heretaunga Women’s Centre has come of age, with more than 150 women now gathering for classes, catch-ups, support, health enhancement and friendship every week.

12 January 2018

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Heretaunga Womens Centre

Council helps Women’s Refuge give a hand

The right of women and children to live free of violence is at the heart of the philosophy and practical service offered by Hastings Women’s Refuge. Hastings District Council is again supporting the refuge to run its programmes, granting $25,000 from this financial year’s Contestable Grants Fund.

8 January 2018

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Buzzing Rezpect all about our kids

There is a real buzz at the Rezpect Dance Academy, as dozens of youngsters warm up and then break out their dance moves. In the seven years that Rezpect has been running, the programme has attracted many hundreds of learner hip-hoppers from as young as five.

1 December 2017

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Anglican Care - Heretaunga Seniors’ Programmes

Keep fit classes, one-on-one digital courses and advice, speakers and entertainers, games days, shared meals and monthly outings are all helping Hastings’ seniors remain living in their own homes while staying connected to their communities.

12 October 2017

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Hawke's Bay Knowledge Bank - Digital Archiving

A special piece of equipment on its way from the United States which will unlock the secrets of an estimated 22,000 rolls of film taken in Hawke’s Bay over the last 70-plus years.

31 August 2017

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SPCA - Cat Trapping Programme

A cat management programme run by Hastings SPCA has removed more than 300 stray cats from the streets in six months – many of these were of breeding age and so the bonus is a reduction of numerous future kittens.

25 August 2017

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Cat Trapping Programme

Radio Kidnappers - Radio Programme

Giving the community the ability to talk to our wider region via radio (and now internet) is the aim of the Access radio station Radio Kidnappers reflected in its catch-phrase: 'Putting YOU on air'.

25 August 2017

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Radio Kidnappers

Enliven Positive Aging Service - Senior Chef Programmes

It can be hard to find the motivation to cook for one especially for people who have few skills in the kitchen but it is very important to keep up good nutrition.

25 August 2017

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Age Concern Flaxmere

Helping elderly avoid being scammed, either on-line or on their doorstep, is the aim of a new programme being rolled out this year.

27 July 2017

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A&P Society - Bostock Edible Garden Show

The annual Bostock Edible Garden Show touches almost all sectors of our society – from gardeners, foodies and lifestyle block owners, to tots (through pre-school programmes), tertiary students (through a design competition) and families interested in healthy living.

26 July 2017

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Bostock Edible Garden

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