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Henare O’Keefe: KNZB hero

“As we look around our undoubtedly beautiful district, we must think about all the spaces our children are growing up in; they need to be proud of the place they are growing up in; the place that nurtures them”, says Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe. He has a long history of working to improve the lot of Hastings people, both physically - through encouraging pride and care in the community, and through sharing his love of the people and place. His lifetime of work for his community across a raft of sectors has been recognised many times, and now he has been named Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Local Hero.

14 October 2017

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Havelock North most beautiful suburb

It is official: Havelock North is the nation’s Most Beautiful Suburb. The annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards were announced tonight (October 13) It was a huge night for Hastings, with three out of three entries taking the top prize in each of their categories, and the naming of Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe as this year’s Keep New Zealand Beautiful Local Hero. Havelock North was lauded as the vibrant heart of Hawke’s Bay and a ‘must visit’ destination, as the award for Most Beautiful Suburb was announced.

14 October 2017

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Opera house: Foyer foundations next

The second time-lapse video of the earthquake strengthening work inside the Hawke’s Bay Opera House has been released this week. The team working on the foyer has exposed all of the old foundation beams and put in the reinforcing for the pouring of the new concrete beams. They will be tied into the old ones. The foundation work has to be completed before work on sheering up the old unreinforced masonry walls starts. This month the entry steps to the foyer staircase joined the art deco stained glass doors that were last month put in storage to keep them safe. The work is “very much on schedule”, said Hastings District Council facilities and programmes group manager Alison Banks.

13 October 2017

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Staying connected with sociable seniors

Keep fit classes, one-on-one digital courses and advice, speakers and entertainers, games days, shared meals and monthly outings are all helping Hastings’ seniors remain living in their own homes while staying connected to their communities. A $15,000 grant from this year’s Hastings District Council Contestable Grants Fund is helping Anglican Care Waipu deliver its Heretaunga Seniors’ programmes. The contestable fund is distributed annually to groups developing or delivering a community service or project which fits with Council’s aim of “building a safe, liveable, sustainable community”.

12 October 2017

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Spiller collection reveals gems

Watching the dress styles, hairdos, car makes and children’s dress-up costumes appear as a new scanner reveals images from mid-1900s film reels triggers nostalgia in those who remember the days; and wonder in those too young to have experienced them. A gathering of Knowledge Bank supporters at the charity’s home in Stoneycroft Homestead, Hastings, on Tuesday saw the first of an estimated one million photos in the Spiller collection appear on screen. The scanner was ordered in the wake of the digital history archiving trust being loaned 22,000 rolls of film for digitising by the Spiller family.

11 October 2017

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High on art in Hastings

There might be 50 years between but they have a common passion – art. Hastings Girls High School student Ella Ayto and artist John Eaden are the hosts of the first of four walking tours around public art in Hastings central city, organised by Hastings City Art Gallery. Thirteen pieces have been chosen as the focus of the tours – to be held four time over the year. They traverse a range of styles, from mural painting and carving, to stencil art, metalwork and stained glass.

9 October 2017

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Shady artwork for Village Green

Artful shade will be up in the Havelock North Village Green before the hottest months arrive. Designed by renowned Hastings artist David Trubridge, the shade structure reflects the outline of Te Mata Peak - Te Mata-o-Rongokako. Installation is due to start in the first week of November. Trubridge said the idea of forming a large sculpture had been on his mind for more than 10 years. Several times he had thought he had the right place for it, but was now glad those had come to nought.

8 October 2017

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Dressing the new SH2 roundabout

More than 13,000 plants will be planted along the new Whakatu Link Route, starting with 7000 going onto the new State Highway 2 roundabout, at Mangateretere, and the roads leading into it this month. Most of the remainder will go in during next year’s winter planting season as more sections of the route are completed. The plants are mostly natives including varieties of flax, coprosma, oi oi, griselinia and pittosporum, along with the hardy exotic plant species such as lomandra and Chinese star jasmine, all of which perform well in Hawke’s Bay’s hot dry summer conditions.

5 October 2017

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Building the bridge – it’s all go

Twenty four hollow concrete beams, each one weighing between 38 and 48 tonnes, are being lifted into place to form the new 45 metre bridge on the Whakatu Link Route. The work started today [October 5] and is expected to be finished by tomorrow. Two cranes, one 250 tonne and one 100 tonne, were on site for the tricky lift which required extreme precision by staff from Hastings company Concrete Structures.

5 October 2017

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Little red carts bringing mail

Little red electric vehicles are being used to deliver mail in Hastings Flaxmere and Havelock North after NZ Post gained consent from Hastings District Council to use them on footpaths.

We were keen to help if we could and NZ Post h

3 October 2017

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Massive industrial zone ready to go

Newly zoned industrial land in Hastings is expected to add more than $300 million a year to the economy and provide more than 1200 jobs once fully developed.

Nearly 70 hectares of industrial has just been re-zoned General Industrial in Omahu

28 September 2017

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Rata trees protected by arty guards

The finishing touches to one of Hastings main entrances to the city centre are being completed with Rata street trees and stunning tree guards being installed this week.

The trees for Karamu Rd are a type of Rata closely related to the p

27 September 2017

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A dozen wonderful Icons now up

Four more icons have gone up around Hastings city centre ? celebrating people ideas and industries with strong attachments to Hastings.

The four new ones are dancer and actress Nyree Dawn Porter musician Bruno Lawrence WWII flying ace Ed

25 September 2017

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Health fund attracts 37 applications

Applications to the Community Health Assistance fund closed on Friday (September 22) with 37 applications received.

The fund was set up by Hastings District Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council to help people who had suffered financial

25 September 2017

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Ngaio Street Sewer Renewals

Monday, 25 September, 2017 to Friday, 15 December, 2017
Street(s): Ngaio Street

25 September 2017

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Health fund attracts 37 applications

White bright cost-saving lights are about to spread across the district as Hastings District Council replaces the old Mercury vapour lights with

22 September 2017

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New LED bulbs a bright idea

White bright cost-saving lights are about to spread across the district as Hastings District Council replaces the old Mercury vapour lights with

22 September 2017

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Air curtain for Tutira

An air curtain is being trialled in Waikōpiro Lake at Tūtira this summer as work continues towards improving the water quality in the area.

22 September 2017

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Bird's eye view of opera house work

The first of monthly time-lapse videos of the Hawke's Bay Opera House strengthening project has been uploaded to the opera house website.

Over the last six weeks the contractors have removed the exceptional art deco stained glass doors from

20 September 2017

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Get a free bike check

Are your tyres pumped brakes up to scratch and chain and crank under control?

With the weather warming it is time to hit the cycle ways. In Hastings the iWay team has partnered with four bike shops across Hastings to provide free ABC bike c

15 September 2017

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Whakatu reaches key milestones

The Whakatu Arterial Link project is about to achieve some major milestones with work on State Highway 2 (SH2) due to be finished in about three weeks and the completion of the Karamu Stream diversion.

The intersection at Pilcher Road/SH2 is

14 September 2017

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Council opposes water conservation order

Hastings District Council has opposed an application for a proposed water conservation order (WCO) on the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers believing it not in the best interests of the district. A special tribunal has been appointed by the Minister for the

12 September 2017

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Testing alert systems in Hastings and Napier

If you hear sirens or stingers

12 September 2017

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Fabulous façades lift city spirits

The faces of more than 180 significant buildings in the centre of Hastings have been sympathetically restyled under the Façade Enhancement Scheme – and the result is a positive for building owners and their tenants, residents and visitors. The scheme has been operating since 1993, put in place to help make the Hastings city centre more attractive and vibrant. In the last two years alone the Landmarks Trust and Hastings District Council has worked with 20 building owners to transform the facades of their mostly art deco building

7 September 2017

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Chlorine-removed taps on move

A shift towards the car parks and the addition of more taps will make the Hastings chlorine-removed water supply in Civic Square more accessible.

The tap was originally sited to be close to the car parks on Eastbourne St. However the moving o

6 September 2017

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Beautiful new chapel on way

The first steps towards building the new regional chapel and crematorium at Hastings Cemetery have been taken this week.

As well as addressing building strength issues the new chapel will have room for more people 100 compared to 80 with m

5 September 2017

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Heat turned up a real winner

Turn up the Heat the first winter reading challenge for adults run by Hastings District Libraries has been a resounding success.

More than 120 keen readers joined the challenge with hundreds of report-ins received over the eight weeks.

4 September 2017

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Drilling for pipes so much better

The bulk of the work to install a new larger water main under Heretaunga St is done with the hi-tech underground drill moved off site last week.

The technology had been fantastic

4 September 2017

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Landmarks: Fantastic projects lauded

The artistic historic and architectural gems that make up the winners in this year's Landmarks Awards were announced on Thursday night (August 31).

The awards held every two years recognise projects that preserve and enhance Hastings'

1 September 2017

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Landmarks: Fantastic projects lauded

The artistic historic and architectural gems that make up the winners in this year's Landmarks Awards were announced on Thursday night (August 31).

The awards held every two years recognise projects that preserve and enhance Hastings'

1 September 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of The Central Roundabout, Te Mata Road, Napier Road, Havelock Road, Te Aute Road, Middle Road and Joll Road – 28 October 2017

Hastings District Council will temporarily close to all traffic,
1. The central roundabout
2. Te Mata Road from the central roundabout to Columba Way
3. Napier Road from the central roundabout to Porter Drive
4. Havelock Road from the central roundabout to Havelock North Motel (the entrance to the motel will remain open)
5. Te Aute Road from the central roundabout to the car park exit
6. Middle Road from the central roundabout to the car park entrance
7. Joll Road from the central roundabout to the New World service lane
The road closures will be between 7:00am until 4:00pm, Saturday, 28 October 2017. The purpose of these road closures is to hold the Village Street Carnival.

16 August 2017

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Te Mata Water Services

Monday, 29 May, 2017 to Friday, 15 December, 2017
Street(s): Te Mata Road, Te Mata Road; Karanema Drive to Durham Drive and St Hill Lane.

9 August 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of Tangoio Settlement Road

Hastings District Council will temporarily close to all traffic, Tangoio Settlement Road between Waipatiki Road and SH2 (gravel section only) The road closure will be on Sunday, 22 October 2017 between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
The purpose of this road closure is to hold a motorsport event.

8 August 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of Prospect Road – 7 October 2017

Hastings District Council will temporarily close to all traffic, Prospect Road between Royston Hospital and King Street South. The road closure will be between 6:00am and 7:00pm, Saturday, 7 October 2017. The purpose of this road closure is to hold the annual horse racing Spring Carnival.

14 July 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of Elwood Road – 20 October 2017

Hastings District Council will temporarily close to all traffic, Elwood Road between SH2 and Otene Road. The road closure will be between 7:00am until 6:00pm, Friday, 20 October 2017. The purpose of this road closure is to ensure public safety across Elwood Road during the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show ‘People’s Day’

11 July 2017

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Irongate Bulk Water

Monday, 7 November, 2016 to Friday, 27 October, 2017
Street(s): Irongate Road West, Wilson Road, Irongate Road East, Maraekakaho Road
The construction of bulk water and wastewater pipelines and ancillary items to the proposed Irongate development.

5 July 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of Hastings Street - 9 – 12 November 2017

Hastings District Council will temporarily close to all traffic, Hastings Street between Eastbourne Street and Heretaunga Street. The road closure will be between 8:00am, Thursday, 9 November and 6:00pm, Sunday, 12 November 2017. The purpose of this road closure is to hold the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction.

4 July 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of Te Mata Peak Road - 20 October 2017, Napier Road and Columba Way Car Park – 22 October 2017

The Hastings District Council will temporarily close to all traffic,
Te Mata Peak Road from the car park inside the main gates to the summit of Te Mata Peak. The road closure will be between 4:30pm and 10:00pm, Friday, 20 October 2017.
Napier Road (southern lane) from Karanema Drive to the central roundabout. The road closure will be between 6:00am and 4:00pm, Sunday, 22 October 2017.
Columba Way car park from Te Mata Road to Napier Road. The road closure will be between 6:00am and 2:00pm, Sunday, 22 October 2017.
The purpose of the above road closures are to provide a safe finish area for cyclists participating in the annual Hawke’s Bay Tour (cycling events).

6 June 2017

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Temporary Road Closure of Eastbourne Street East – 20 January 2018

Eastbourne Street East between Hastings Street and Willowpark Road. The road closure will be between 7:00am and 3:00pm, Saturday, 20 January 2018. The purpose of this road closure is allow a safe gathering area for participants in the Sikh Society Parade.

2 June 2017

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