There's a lot happening in the city centre over the coming months as the street upgrades continue, and the busy Spring/Summer events season starts to kick off. See below an update on some of the activities and events lined up.
These projects are enhancements of existing outdoor dining or seating areas, so won’t use any existing car parking spaces. The design will be similar to the improvements made in the Heretaunga East 200 block using elements from the same palette, including planter boxes with lime hedges, permanent umbrellas and new paving.
The projects are all components of the City Centre Revitalisation Plan, put together in 2019 in consultation with the business community. Made up of 23 ‘Hastings Alive’ projects, they are designed to encourage people to enjoy our city centre, day and night.
Heretaunga 200 East: The second stage of the Hastings Eastside Eat Street project, made possible by $300,000 funding received from Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets pilot fund. The transformation of this block is nearly complete, with decorative gates, festoon lighting and bunting, and raised pedestrian crossings are just some of the initiatives aimed at making this area even more people-friendly for visitors and businesses.
Queen Street East 200: The pavement works on the corner of Karamu Rd and Queen St will be completed following the conclusion of construction works on the Hansen development.
Heretaunga Street East 300 block: Final design is being prepared for the upgrade of this block, with construction expected to be carried out early next year in time for the opening of the Municipal Buildings in April 2020. While yet to be confirmed, the design is likely to include outdoor dining along the full length of the Municipal Building, and an outdoor seating area on the corner of Heretaunga and Warren streets.
Eastbourne Street East 300 block: This street enhancement, scheduled to start early next year, will complete the Eastbourne Street East street upgrade between Hastings Street and Warren Street. New footpath paving, street lights and rata trees will complete the visual link between the Toitoi Arts and Events Centre and the Hastings Art Gallery and Library.
Council has been calling for potential tenants for the Municipal Building, scheduled to be up and running in early to mid-2022. This has been going well with discussions being held with prospective parties.
Work on installing the pipes that will connect Hastings' new water storage and treatment plant, on the corner of Southampton St and Hastings St, is well underway. The affected streets are (not all at the same time): Lyndon St East, Warren St South and Eastbourne St East. The contractors, Drainways, are keeping businesses neighbouring the project updated and Council is providing information to the wider public as the project progresses.
The work plan has been designed to keep disruption to the minimum possible, especially around the number of sites being worked on at any one time, however some inconvenience as we proceed with this critically important project is inevitable. We thank the community for their patience.
Following two successful events held this year, the final in this business breakfast series for 2021 will be held in November, date to be advised.
When: August 31 - September 4
Where: Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre
When: September 10
Where: Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre
When: September 11, 11am-6pm
Where: Hastings Racecourse
When: September 11
Where: Hastings City Centre
When: September 22-24
Where: Functions on Hastings, Toitoi
Sister Cities showcase, community information and school, children’s activities.
When: September 25
Sister Cities Alive performances, details to be confirmed.
Te MOKO on our face/in your face exhibition and floor talks
This exhibition runs until August 15, showcasing the dynamic, ever-changing expression of contemporary Māori art by Iwi Toi Kahungunu – Māori Artists.
Saturday, July 24, 11am – Three tāne artists talk about their practice and artworks
Saturday, August 7, 11am – Hear from Iwi Toi Kahungunu artists and exhibition curator Sandy Adsett.
It’s the school holidays and the team at Hastings District Libraries has a number of programmes running to keep the kids entertained.
5 October 2021
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