Last month’s move to the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework was a really positive signal that we can start to move on from what has been an extremely challenging couple of years.
Over this time our community and whānau have been caring for and looking after each other, particularly our amazing health and welfare professionals who have worked tirelessly to keep the wider community safe through the pandemic.
At the end of last month we enjoyed a wonderful Community Family Fun Day at beautiful Flaxmere Park as a way of thanking our community, and to spread some joy and kindness, and it was great to see people coming together in a festival atmosphere.
As a council we want to continue to acknowledge and thank those people who have gone the extra mile for others this year.
If you know a Hastings Hero who deserves to be celebrated, please go onto the council website and nominate them so we can thank them for their efforts on behalf of the community.
As we look to the month ahead I am very excited to see the continued progress being made on the strengthening and restoration of the Municipal Building, and the confirmation of the exciting new tenants who will be in place when it’s re-opened in coming months.
Our city centre already has a stellar line-up of hospitality and retail businesses and we know these exciting new additions in the Municipal Building will appeal to a wide range of people, and add an extra buzz to the area.
I am very much looking forward to our community coming together to celebrate the completion of this, the last piece in the puzzle for our fabulous Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre project – a real asset for our city for now and into the future.
Mayor of Hastings
2 May 2022
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