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Motifs tell a story of our place

My Hastings tree guard Aug2021

Have you seen the stunning black powder-coated steel tree guards that have been placed around the rata trees in Hastings’ inner city streets?

As part of Hastings District Council’s ongoing streetscape improvements included in the Hastings City Centre Revitalisation Plan, rata trees have been planted on Eastbourne Street, Karamu Road, Queen Street, Warren Street and Hastings Street.

There’s also new paving and amenity lighting, and now 60 tree surrounds have been added that both serve a practical purpose and tell a story of the Heretaunga region.

The stencilled motifs were designed by Ariki Huata, who said he wanted to pay homage to some of the outstanding features of the district.

The guards were fabricated by Wine Country Sheet Metal & Engineering and installed by Creations Paving – take a closer look when you are next out and about.


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Represents the moutains – Te Mata Peak, Kohinurakau and Kahuranaki.




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Some say our landscape’s beauty can really only be admired through the eye of the hawk as it soars over Heretaunga, and this design encompasses this.




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Pays homage to the district’s coastal areas.




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Repo and Haūkunui

References the wetlands at Waitangi and Pekapeka.


28 July 2021

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