In our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, we set our vision to foster the district's future success, this included investment in water infrastructure, Hastings city centre, housing, parks and reserves and our transport connectivity. See below some of the major projects that are already complete or currently underway.
Hastings is coming Alive! Since 2019 we have been carrying out a series of upgrades to our streets, footpaths, public spaces and laneways – all designed to bring life, fun and vibrancy to our beautiful city centre. With the support of our inner city property owners, we are investing in making the heart of our city the go-to place for shopping, entertainment, the arts, hosting visitors, relaxing, eating and doing business.
One of the key pillars of our Council’s long term plan vision 2018/2028 is to provide or facilitate the provision of homes for our people. From social housing to conventional housing, there is a big need for more housing in the Hastings district that’s tailored to meet the diverse needs of our district.
Work began in February 2021 on a boardwalk adjacent to Tauroa Reserve to improve safety for people cycling and walking in the area, and accessing Te Mata Park. The road and corner on this stretch of Tauroa Valley Rd has been a safety risk for motorists, walkers and cyclists, and the shared walking and cycling link will provide a practical off-road alternative route.
Hastings District Council (HDC) have received $9.37 million government funding for shovel ready projects. Projects include improvements to our communities footpaths, the iWay walking and cycling network, various road safety projects including a joint project (with NZTA) on State Highway 51 between Collinge and Ruahapia Roads.
The aim of the Façade Enhancement Scheme is to provide financial support to building owners and tenants to upgrade their façades, using colour schemes that are both aesthetically pleasing and sensitive to the colour schemes of adjacent buildings, the scheme will remove unsightly features and replace conflicting signs with more sympathetic versions.
In 2010, Hastings District Council (HDC) submitted a proposal to the New Zealand Transport Agency to become New Zealand’s first “Model Community” – an initiative designed to demonstrate that carefully planned, sustained investment in walking and cycling can have a positive impact on a community.
The last leg of the Tukituki trail is complete. Council has worked with HBRC, MBIE and others to build a safer, off-road alternative to replace an on-road section that was deemed a safety risk. The new trail forms the last leg of the Tukituki loop, part of the wider Hawke’s Bay Trails Landscapes Ride network. Hawke’s Bay Trails are part of Aotearoa’s 22 “Great Rides”.
Work to strengthen and widen Kuripapango Bridge on the Taihape/Napier Rd was completed ahead of schedule, on 20 May 2021. Co-funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Rangitīkei District Council and Hastings District Council, the strengthening work was a requirement that arose after the Government put in place new restrictions around vehicle weights and dimensions in 2016.
Work started in May on a raised crossings project to improve pedestrian safety and access to and through the Havelock North Village Green. The project involves raising an existing pedestrian crossing on Te Mata Rd onto a platform, and building a new, raised courtesy crossing on Napier Rd.
Te Ara Kahikatea provides a very important connection between the growing fields of Hastings, the production facilities of our district and the routes out of the region to our customers across New Zealand and the world. It moves large vehicles from the residential streets in and around the Whakatu residential area, making the streets safer for our people.
The transformation of Ebbett Park began in July 2020 and is due for completion by early November 2020. The upgrade includes a new playground, as well as new amenities such as a toilet, additional seating, picnic tables, a drinking fountain and a new off street car parking area off Gordon Road.
The construction of a major new water main between Hastings and Havelock North was completed in 2019. It is a key element of Hastings District Council’s comprehensive water infrastructure upgrade plan: the Hastings Drinking Water Strategy, designed to improve reliance, capacity and flexibility into the water supply network.
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