It was wonderful to celebrate our first Matariki public holiday with a very special Festival of events from June 22 to 25.
Matariki is all about reflecting and preparing for what the coming year offers. Over the next six months there’s so much happening in and around Hastings to discover and be excited about.
A real highlight is the reopening of our beautiful Toitoi Municipal Building after seven years. It is wonderful that our people will once again be able to enjoy this beautifully restored and special place.
We all have our own memories growing up in Hastings and attending wonderful functions in the Municipal buildings.
I remember the wonderful balls and dance recitals in the Assembly Room. We loved dancing on the unique sprung dance floor. We now look forward to our community and the next generations returning to enjoy this special place and make their memories.
Our community is warmly invited to the opening weekend, to look through the building, enjoy the tours and learn about the history of this special place.
Before then, I can’t wait to visit the new businesses who are opening their doors throughout July. Their fine food, wine and art offerings will add to the vibrancy happening across the city - something we can all feel and be really proud of.
With the opening of the Quest Hotel at the end of the year, and all the other developments around ToiToi Arts and Events Centre our city is becoming a must-visit destination.
Across our district we have been working hard to enhance and protect our special reserves.
With our community, over the last two years, we have developed Reserve Management Plans for Tainui, Tanner, Tauroa, Frimley and Eskdale Reserves. These special reserves are very important to our community. We hope everyone has the chance to read these Plans and provide your feedback at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz.
3 August 2022
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