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Intention to Prepare Reserve Management Plan – Raureka Parks

Members of the public are advised under s.41 Reserves Act 1977 that Council is intending to prepare a Reserve Management Plan for the Raureka Parks and are invited to send written comments they may have relating to the long term management and development of Ebbett Park, St. Leonards Park, and Whenua Takoha Reserve.

21 April 2018

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Variation 4 'Iona Residential Rezoning'

Variation 4 ‘Iona Residential Rezoning’ is now notified for public viewing and members of the public are now able to make formal submissions to the Variation.

6 April 2018

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Public Notice of Application Concerning Resource Consent RMA20170280

Hastings District Council seeks resource consent to upgrade an existing 80 metre limestone rock revetment (constructed in 2013) and to construct a new 400 metre limestone rock revetment (extending west, from the existing revetment) at Clifton Beach (495 and 466 Clifton Road). The purpose of the revetment is to protect an existing access road that runs from the end of Clifton Road, parallel to the beach, over private land (Clifton Station), to the Clifton No. 1 Camp, Clifton Marine Club and boat ramp which are located within the Clifton Domain.

27 March 2018

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Nelson Street/Eastbourne Street proposed roundabout

What is it all about?

Council is considering a proposal to install a roundabout at the intersection of Eastbourne Street and Nelson Street.

22 January 2018

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Irongate Cul-de-sac

Monday, 30 October, 2017 to Friday, 12 January, 2018

1 December 2017

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Economy a bumper

The Hawke's Bay economy is 'simmering' and close to 'steaming' jumping four places to sixth in a quarterly report by Trans Tasman Media.

The Main Report measures the economy of New Zealand's 16 regions and ranks them against each

31 August 2017

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Hawke's Bay Knowledge Bank - Digital Archiving

A special piece of equipment on its way from the United States which will unlock the secrets of an estimated 22,000 rolls of film taken in Hawke’s Bay over the last 70-plus years.

31 August 2017

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Rock Opera for Fringe in The 'Stings

What do you do when you are physically allergic to love? Break out in spandex and sing a rock song of course!

Tom Knowles and his band are bringing the self-devised rock opera 'Allergic to Love - Curse of the 80's' to the Hastings Fringe

30 August 2017

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Dates set for local election

The official resignations of Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule and Hastings-Havelock North ward councillor Adrienne Pierce have been received today by Hastings District Council.

The resignations trigger the process that will lead to a postal elect

28 August 2017

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Enliven Positive Aging Service - Senior Chef Programmes

It can be hard to find the motivation to cook for one especially for people who have few skills in the kitchen but it is very important to keep up good nutrition.

25 August 2017

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SPCA - Cat Trapping Programme

A cat management programme run by Hastings SPCA has removed more than 300 stray cats from the streets in six months – many of these were of breeding age and so the bonus is a reduction of numerous future kittens.

25 August 2017

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Cat Trapping Programme

Radio Kidnappers - Radio Programme

Giving the community the ability to talk to our wider region via radio (and now internet) is the aim of the Access radio station Radio Kidnappers reflected in its catch-phrase: 'Putting YOU on air'.

25 August 2017

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Radio Kidnappers

Sherlock Holmes' works on historic records

The fine paper the elegant script and the quirky job titles are all fascinating to Luke Maton as he works to get Hasti

24 August 2017

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Flaxmere Assist on for good

Overwhelming support for the Flaxmere Community Assist team has seen it made a permanent fixture.

At this month's Hastings District Council meeting councillors resolved to make the service permanent following a year's trial.
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18 August 2017

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Once-in-a-lifetime diffuser job done

The once-in-a-generation job to replace Hastings' wastewater outfall diffuser pipe nearly three

18 August 2017

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Resealing Havelock Road

Road resealing will be carried out along the Havelock North end of Havelock Rd over five days fro

18 August 2017

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Have your say on safe drinking

The promotion of a safe drinking culture in both Napier and Hastings is something the cities' councils are keen to support ? and they are just as keen to hear the community's ideas on how that can be achieved.

Today marks day one of con

15 August 2017

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Novices to virtuosos in a year

Fifteen months ago 17 youngsters picked up violins and cellos for the first time. Now there are 95 students at two schools in the music programme and their skills have reached the point where they have been able to stage their first public performance.

14 August 2017

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Major impacts in wake of aquifer contamination

One year on from the Havelock North water gastro-outbreak Hastings District Council has reiterat

14 August 2017

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Guilin colour on stage tomorrow

A visit by Guilin Children's Palace performing arts students to Hastings reaches its crescendo

11 August 2017

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Library facelift starts September

The date has been set for the makeover of the Havelock North L

9 August 2017

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Fund to assist with long-term illness related to campylobacter outbreak

A fund to help people suffering from long-term illness following last year's campylobacter outb

9 August 2017

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Green a big part of new neighbourhoods

Initial plans to rezone land for new neighbourhoods in Havelock North have been released and they

8 August 2017

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It's time to paint boxes

It is time for Hastings' artists to get their think

4 August 2017

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Karamu Rd road works

The end is in sight for the underground services footpath and road upgrade along Karamu Road.s

4 August 2017

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Start on Opera House this week

The Hawke's Bay Opera House strengthening project starts this week with successful tenderer Gemco Construction taking over the site from t

1 August 2017

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Traffic island height being reduced

Traffic islands designed to slow traffic in Joll Rd in Havelock North have worked to get speeds d

1 August 2017

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New water strategy on table

Going ahead with a new bore field putting in a second mains water pipe between Hastings and Have

1 August 2017

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Help for fast growing school

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31 July 2017

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Major pipe work moving on

With progress on replacing a major water pipe under Heretaunga St going well work on the second

28 July 2017

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New Kiwis loving Hastings lifestyle

The Warehams are all now 'true blue' Kiwis and have a certificate to prove it.<

28 July 2017

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New Kiwis loving Hastings lifestyle

The Warehams are all now 'true blue' Kiwis and have a certificate to prove it.<

28 July 2017

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Whakatu update: Roundabout opening

The new Whakatu Arterial Link roundabout on State Highway 2 (SH2) will open this afternoon which

28 July 2017

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Speech contest: Growing confident kids

The 2017 HIllmac Electrical Junior and Intermediate School Speech Contestswill once again allow children in years 5-8 from around the region

27 July 2017

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Data wizards weekend of competition

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27 July 2017

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Age Concern Flaxmere

Helping elderly avoid being scammed, either on-line or on their doorstep, is the aim of a new programme being rolled out this year.

27 July 2017

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A&P Society - Bostock Edible Garden Show

The annual Bostock Edible Garden Show touches almost all sectors of our society – from gardeners, foodies and lifestyle block owners, to tots (through pre-school programmes), tertiary students (through a design competition) and families interested in healthy living.

26 July 2017

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Bostock Edible Garden

More gorge slippage - NZTA

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24 July 2017

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Emergency wall work complete

Emergency measures to repair erosion caused by recent high

24 July 2017

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Keep dogs off the streets

Complaints about dogs roaming are up by 20 per cent and the number of dogs not kept on their home property needs to come

21 July 2017

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Ambassador loving the role

Six months into the job Henare O'Keefe is loving his role as Hastings Ambassador.

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21 July 2017

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Very happy birthday for GTGH

Business is taking to Great Things Grow Here

20 July 2017

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Retail statistics keep on rising



Retail spending is again up in Hastings with an increase of near 10 per cen

19 July 2017

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Council appoints independent chair to lead water services change programme

Hastings District Council has appointed Napier Port chief executive Garth Cowie as external chairperson to lead the change programme for water services operations within Council.

This change programme follows an independent review

18 July 2017

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Roads open but icy

The Hastings side of Taihape Rd is open however drivers are being warned to take extra care after a number of cars landed up in ditches yesterday.<

17 July 2017

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Business in the Bay brilliant

The drive to make Hawke's Bay the country's most innovative region has not slowed a year on from the kick-off of an

17 July 2017

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Roads update Saturday 10am

The New Zealand Transport Authority re-opened State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd) yesterday afternoon but advised extreme caution given the icy conditions.

Local roads in Hastings Central Hawke's Bay and Wairoa as well as some state highwa

15 July 2017

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Roads update Friday 5pm

The New Zealand Transport Authority re-opened State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd) today at 2.30pm.

Local roads in Hastings Central Hawke's Bay and Wairoa as well as some state highways continue to be affected by snow and rain.

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14 July 2017

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Weather-affected roads

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14 July 2017

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Weather changes - Art Deco Trust

Due to inclement weather conditions the main route to Napier through the Napier/Taupo Road has been closed.

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14 July 2017

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Big numbers loving Splash

It has been another great year for Splash Planet with almost 113000 people through the gates over its six month season

13 July 2017

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Car rescues; don't pass closed - HBCDEM

An operation is underway to rescue around a dozen motorists who have got t

13 July 2017

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New city pocket park goes ahead

A new pocket park will pop up in our city before the end of the year. The new green space will also act as a pedestrian

12 July 2017

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New city pocket park goes ahead

A new pocket park will pop up in our city before the end of the year. The new green space will also act as a pedestrian

12 July 2017

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Whirinaki Boil Water Notice lifted

Results received over the last five days from tests of the Whirinaki water supply have returned clear of E. Coli.

Drinking Water Assessors have confirmed that the Boil Water Notice issued last week can be lifted today.

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10 July 2017

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Better air in Hastings - HBRC

For the first time since monitoring began Hastings air quality for June was exceedance free.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council started continuous testing for air quality in Napier and Hastings in 2006.

Dr Kathleen Kozyniak the Counci

10 July 2017

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The big drill starts Monday

Drilling work to install the larger water pipe underneath Heretaunga St in Hastings will start on Monday (July 10) at the Nelson St intersection.

Contractor Monadelphous said disruption to traffic and businesses along the street would be min

7 July 2017

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Whirinaki water update

Results received today (July 7) from tests of the Whirinaki water supply have returned clear of E. Coli.

Chlorination has been in place since Tuesday (July 4) after the results of routine tests showed a low level of E. Coli in the supply.

7 July 2017

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Highly unstable Gorge stays closed - NZTA

Additional work is underway to improve Saddle Road as significant rockfall risks prevent re-opening of State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge; starting today.

The NZ Transport Agency says an urgent programme of additional work will get un

7 July 2017

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Whirinaki water update

Results received today (July 6) from tests of the Whirinaki water supply have returned clear of E. Coli.

Chlorination has been in place since Tuesday (July 4) after the results of routine tests showed a low level of E. Coli in the supply.

6 July 2017

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Whirinaki water update

Results received today from a follow-up test taken prior to the introduction of chlorine to the supply yesterday have confirmed the presence of E. Coli.

Chlorination has been in place since yesterday.

Further testing is ongoing as a

5 July 2017

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Boil Water Notice for Whirinaki

The Whirinaki water supply has today been chlorinated and a Boil Water Notice issued after low levels of e-Coli were found in the network.

The Boil Water Notice has been issued to the 280 properties that are connected to the Council-run Whiri

4 July 2017

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Paid parking resumes July 1

Paid parking resumes in Hastings central city this month after the public overwhelmingly asked Hastings District Council to revert to user pays.

Council had also heard the other message from residents ? that they wanted other ways to pay.<

30 June 2017

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Sea wall consent about to be lodged

Resource consent applications to build an extended rock sea wall at Clifton will be lodged by mid-July.

As part of the Annual Plan process last month Hastings District councillors voted to proceed with a plan to build a protective sea wall

30 June 2017

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More agility fun for Bay dogs

Dogs are going to have more fun and exercise in P

30 June 2017

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Rockit top Hawke's Bay exporter

Rockit Global is Hawke's Bay Exporter of the Year

Specialist apple grower Rockit Global has been named ExportNZ Hawke's Bay's ASB Exporter of the Year this week. They were presented with the award by the Head of Trade Finance at ASB Ban

30 June 2017

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Sparkling kitchen double plus for Flaxmere

The brand spanking new commercial kitchen in the Flaxmere Community Centre will do double duty ? used for training budding baristas and for hire to community groups holding functions in the centre.

There will be a grand unveiling next Satur

29 June 2017

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More slips in Gorge - NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency says further small slips in the Manawatu Gorge have added to the challenges facing work crews and engineers working hard to stabilise hillsides and rock faces to make the road safe for traffic.

Two new slips came down

29 June 2017

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Our Kimi Ora Kids on gallery walls

Their eyes are sparkling and their grins are wide ? and they are all over the walls of Hastings City Art Gallery.

The culmination of five weeks work by Kimi Ora Community School students with internationally acclaimed rock star

28 June 2017

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Our Kimi Ora Kids on gallery walls

Their eyes are sparkling and their grins are wide ? and they are all over the walls of Hastings City Art Gallery.

The culmination of five weeks work by Kimi Ora Community School students with internationally acclaimed rock star

28 June 2017

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Bring on Windsor Park ideas

Ideas for the future of Windsor Park in the middle of Hastings are rolling in and there is still more than a week to go before submissions close.

The 26 hectare park includes sports fields off both Sylvan Road and Windsor Ave the disused Syl

27 June 2017

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Teens tackling big business

More than 200 students in 50-plus teams from 12 Hawke's Bay secondary schools are about to tackle the hard end of their year in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

By now they have registered their companies with YES come up with a product

26 June 2017

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Big thank you for rural fire teams

It was a triple celebration on Wednesday night [June 21] for volunteers from the Hastings' 13 rural fire forces.

In a nationwide change rural fire authorities and the New Zealand Fire Service are joining together to create Fire Emergency N

23 June 2017

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Hundreds more lights on bikes

A lot of cyclists will be safer on the road at dusk after 279 sets of bike lights were given out during this year's Be Safe Be Seen month.

The Napier and Hastings iWay cycle teams Police and Road Safe HB with help from volunteers from Sp

23 June 2017

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Four options for Plaza roof

The next step on the way to making the Plaza a more usable space was taken today when Hastings councillors considered new roof options for the facility.

In extensive public consultation last year residents asked that a permanent roof be buil

23 June 2017

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Start on Police Headquarters

Work on the region's new state-of-the-art Police Headquarters in Hastings will start early next year.

Acting Eastern District Commander Inspector Tania Kura and Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule announced the next stage of the project today [Jun

23 June 2017

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More icons on way - arts inc

A fresh batch of famous faces will be popping up in the Hastings Central City as stage two of the Hastings Icons project gets underway in June.

The brainchild of screen print artist Adrian Thornton and writer Jess Soutar Barron Hastings Ico

19 June 2017

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Health and sport centre starts October

Work on the buildings that will make up the first stage of the new community health and sports centre will get underway in October at the Hawke's Bay Regional Sports Park.

After consultation showed public support for the project Hastings D

19 June 2017

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Looking after international students

Lifestyle and pastoral care are big draw cards for parents from other countries looking for an international education for their youngsters ? and Hastings is a winner in both those areas.

It also has education facilities that more than favo

15 June 2017

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Gorge remains closed - NZTA

The NZ Transport Agency is advising that the Manawatu Gorge will remain closed for at least three more weeks while safety works and geotechnical assessments are completed.

Transport Agency Highway Manager Ross I'Anson says while physical re

14 June 2017

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Bigger pipe; more water

The new mains water pipe being laid under Heretaunga St will almost double the amount of water able to be directed around the network.

Two major projects to strengthen the water supply system across the district are underway one in Heretaung

14 June 2017

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Project papakainga up for award - LGNZ

A new papakainga housing development policy opening the way for utilisation of M

14 June 2017

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Thousands of native plants ready

Farmers and community groups are adding thousands of plants to streams and rivers throughout Hawke's Bay this winter.

This year Hawke's Bay Regional Council has more than 55000 plants available through its riparian planting scheme which

9 June 2017

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Parking feedback heeded

A comprehensive survey of residents has shown that people prefer to pay for parking as they use it and the call has been heeded by Hastings District Council.

Councillors voted yesterday to return to paid parking using meters from July 1 giv

8 June 2017

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Government supports Opera House restoration

Hastings District Council has welcomed the announcement today of significant support from the government for the earthquake strengthening of the Hawke's Bay Opera House. At a visit to the Opera House this afternoon Prime Minister Bill English announ

8 June 2017

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Cycleways continue to grow

Work is due to start on two cycleway projects next week; one along Pakowhai Rd the other in Haumoana.

Both will extend Hastings District Council's iWay cycle and walk way network designed to encourage people to use foot or pedal power to

8 June 2017

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Government cash for Te Mata Park

The building of a visitor shelter and information centre toilet and car park in Te Mata Park can get underway immediately after Government announced funding for the project today.

Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett announced this morning tha

8 June 2017

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Wall-sized Wattie's history

Checking out the historic Wattie's can labels was an important part of preparing for painting a massive mural on the rear of the canning company's Tomoana Rd Plant.

It was really interesting; seeing the style and colours and realising

6 June 2017

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Big thank you to volunteers

Big thank you to our volunteersOne group and four individuals were recognised last week [May 31] at a Civic Honours Awards ceremony held in the Hastings District Council Chambers.

The awards are present

4 June 2017

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On ground look at development

Getting a first-hand look at the level of development across Hastings was the focusforHastings councillors on Wednesday.

Three councils are party to the Heretaunga Plains Urban Design Strategy (HPUDS): Hastings Napier and Hawke

4 June 2017

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Young water the focus

Improving our understanding of the Hawke's Bay aquifers - the way they are filled the cap that keeps them safe and the effects of drawing off water from them - is crucial to a raft of decisions that need to be made around drinking water supplies.

2 June 2017

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Manawatu Gorge stays closed this week

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge will remain closed this week as work continues to repair a damaged retaining wall and another small slip is cleared.

Transport Agency Highway Manager Ross I'Anson sa

1 June 2017

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Take a selfie with your pooch

Snapping a selfie with your pooch might pay off.

Hastings District Council is running a pet selfie competition to raise awareness of the need to register dogs by July 1.

All entries will go into a draw to have their registration fee

1 June 2017

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Lifetime awards for awesome firefighters

There has been no shortage of blazes to put out for our volunteer rural fire fighters over the last couple of months and they have proved to be real heroes.

At an awards ceremony this month the Heretaunga Rural Fire Force volunteers held th

31 May 2017

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Help goes to great projects

Projects that help the elderly spot scams give youth a safe gathering place while they learn hip hop and build a walking trail around one of our beautiful areas are amongst those to receive a grant from Hastings District Council.

Each year

30 May 2017

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Irongate steaming ahead

As the work to get water and sewer services to Irongate nears completion interest in the industrial area is ramping up.

Escalating growth in the pip fruit industry has led to increased need for packing and cool store facilities. The building

29 May 2017

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Major water works underway

New water mains are about to be laid under two roads in Hastings with the latest drilling techniques used to keep disruption to the minimum possible.

Retailers along Heretaunga St between the Stortford

23 May 2017

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Water: Source use and management

Drawing all the strings together

22 May 2017

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FAWC entries getting toastie

With just days to go until entries close two more Hawke's Bay epicureans have registered to serve up their ultimate toasted sandwich as part of new Winter F.A.W.C! event Toasted!

Toasted! will bring together six local foodies battling it o

12 May 2017

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Grab a disc and get to Flaxmere

Anyone can play disc golf: It is low impact and suitable for all shapes sizes and ages says a man who is passionate about the sport.

But be warned Ryan Kitto says It's very addictive

12 May 2017

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Grab a disc and get to Flaxmere

Anyone can play disc golf: It is low impact and suitable for all shapes sizes and ages says a man who is passionate about the sport.

But be warned Ryan Kitto says It's very addictive

12 May 2017

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Grab a disc and get to Flaxmere

Anyone can play disc golf: It is low impact and suitable for all shapes sizes and ages says a man who is passionate about the sport.

But be warned Ryan Kitto says It's very addictive

12 May 2017

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Businesses spread cycling safety message


Major Hawke's Bay businesses have thrown their support behind the Be Safe Be Seen campaign being run by iWay over the next few weeks.

The annual campaign encourages cyclists walkers and runners to have the correct equipment

12 May 2017

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Bay stars of tomorrow stronger; fitter

After just six months a bunch of talented young Hawke's Bay athletes are rapt with how much stronger and fitter they are after taking part in a new high performance programme not previously available in Hawke's Bay.

They are also loving

11 May 2017

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Government Inquiry into water contamination

The Hastings District Council has welcomed the findings of the Government Inquiry into the contamination event that affected Havelock North's water supply in August 2016.

Mayor Lawrence Yule particularly acknowledged the Inquiry findings re

10 May 2017

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Face Race a huge winner

Huge accolades have been dished out for Hastings' world-first competition The Amazing China Face Race designed to spark a long-term interest in China in Hastings' teens.

An added benefit was that for six nights scenery and interviews fr

9 May 2017

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Getting A into G for family

Steve Tahu is glad his days as a seasonal part-time worker are long behind him.

Steve who recently earned an NCEA National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4 was one of more than 50 graduates from a range of industries

8 May 2017

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Giants reintroduced to reserve

Almost 300 plants including some that will grow into massive native trees have been settled into their new homes in Tainui Reserve Havelock North.

The weather on Sunday was perfect for planting (warm and wet) and about 25 people from the ne

1 May 2017

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Cyclone Cook: Stump grinding and tidying

The last of the clean-up of the roads after Cyclone Cook should be finished within three weeks.

The bulk of the trees had been removed from urban streets with the last of the branches due to be picked up in the next week.

Stump rem

1 May 2017

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Lions clean up riverside

Gloves were donned and rubbish sacks filled by members of The Havelock North Village Lions Club supported by Hastings District Council.

The crew with an average age of 70 cleared rubbish along the Tukituki River in the River Rd area.

1 May 2017

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Cyclone clean up half way

Two weeks on from Cyclone Cook the cleaning up of the district is well advanced but there is still a lot of work to do especially in the district's parks.

It had been a massive job with more than 80 per cent of Hastings' 170 parks and r

27 April 2017

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Free fire wood piles

Wood piles are being placed in each of the three main centres in Hastings with residents able to help themselves.

Hastings District Council staff are cutting trees knocked over by Cyclone Cook into manageable rings and dropping them at sites

26 April 2017

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Result: Farmers' Market's huge recycling

Nearly 100 per cent of the rubbish from the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market is now composted or recycled ? a massive success for the teams driving the initiative.

Four months ago a Waste Not initiative was introduced at the market aimed at

21 April 2017

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Esk Boil Water Notice lifted

The Boil Water Notice for residents taking their water supply from the Hastings District Council Esk system has been lifted today.

The noticeaffected residents in the Esk Ridge and East Ridge

20 April 2017

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ANZAC Day; services across Hastings

Once again our people will gather on ANZAC Day to pay their respects to our service people who have partaken in wars across the world.

The commemorations will take place at points across the district organised by our Returned Services Associ

20 April 2017

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More free green waste disposal

The free green waste disposal for Hastings and Napier residents is being offered again this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April from 8am to 5pm.

The service was organised by Napier City and Hastings District Councils last weekend with local g

19 April 2017

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Boil water: Esk Ridge and Kanuka Cliffs

Update; A reminder to residents on the Esk Water supply (in Esk Ridge and Kanuka Cliffs) the boil water notice is still in place until further notice. We will be in touch with those directly affected when the boil water notice can be

19 April 2017

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Free green waste disposal

A free greenwaste service is being offered to residents in Napier and Hastings as they deal withfallen trees and branches in the wake of Cyclone Cook.

The service has been organised by Napier City and Hastings District

14 April 2017

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Clean-up operation on-going

Work on clearing fallen trees on roads across the district is on-going after the winds from Cyclone Cook caused significant damage.

As at noon today roads or part roads in the urban area that remained closed were Joll Rd Lucknow Rd Pakowh

14 April 2017

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Tree damage: Urban roads

Trees are down across the district leaving many roads down to one lane or closed.

Hastings District Council and emergency services teams have been working on clearing the debris from first light. Priority is being given to safety issues. Peop

14 April 2017

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Tree damage: Rural roads

Trees are down across the district leaving many roads down to one lane or closed.

Hastings District Council and emergency services teams have been working on clearing the debris from first light. Priority is being given to safety issues. Peop

14 April 2017

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Worst of danger passed

The danger period for sea swells seems to have passed and there is now no need for beachfront residents to be evacuated.

Hastings District Council emergency management staff have been monitoring the situation over the day. There was some conc

13 April 2017

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Preparing for Cyclone Cook

Precautionary plans are in place in case sea swells generated by Cyclone Cook threaten beachfront homes.

At this stage we do not believe the swells will cause damage but we have plans prepared in case the forecasted level increases and we

13 April 2017

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Kids swamp the sports park

The second Super Sixes sports tournament for year 6 students has kicked off today [April 11] with a fly-over by the Hawke's Bay and East Coast Aero Club and a march-past by the competing schools.

Nearly 600 kids from points far and wide ar

11 April 2017

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Another awesome lighting

The annual lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens has again been an amazing success

10 April 2017

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Another awesome lighting

The annual lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens has again been an amazing success

10 April 2017

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Another awesome lighting

The annual lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens has again been an amazing success

10 April 2017

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Minor sewage leak in Karituwhenua Stream

Hastings District Council was advised this morning of a water leak on the corner of Woodlands Drive and Penlington Place in Havelock North.

Upon investigation it was discovered that a sewer manhole was blocked by agapanthus roots causin

7 April 2017

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Tauroa Reserve reopened after tree work

Tauroa Reserve in Havelock North has reopened aftertrees including a large gum fell in the reserve this week.

Inspections by an arboristrevealed that some of the older treesgums and pines wereat the end of their li

7 April 2017

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Pilcher Road update

Due to flood damage in Pilcher Road Mangateretere this road is now temporarily closed to all traffic except residents. Traffic will be detoured down Lawn Road to Mill Road along Richmond Road to State Highway 2.The work has commenced on the cu

6 April 2017

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Coin-free parking option

A new option for paid parking is operating in off-street car parks owned by Hastings District Council.

Council has signed up to ParkMate which means people with smartphones who download the app can pay for parking without having to use coins

4 April 2017

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Wattie's: History on the wall

One of Hastings' longest serving companies is helping make Hastings more beautiful; and celebrating that it is very much a part of our Great Things Grow Here story.

Wattie's is welcoming the painting of a massive mural reflecting its hist

4 April 2017

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Hello students in 28 languages

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3 April 2017

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Park packed for opening

The new Village Green in Havelock North was packed yesterday (April 1) for its official opening after a once-in-a-generation upgrade.

Kids parents and grandparents flocked to the playground to try out the state-of-the-art water play swings

2 April 2017

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Coastal erosion thinking caps on

Members of the community are leading the decision-making on managing risks from beach erosion inundation by overtopping and sea level rise and tsunami through a region-wide coastal hazards strategy.

Two coastal hazard assessment panels have

29 March 2017

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Lucky Lucknow kids on Green

Lucky 7 to 9 year olds from Lucknow School got to try out the new play equipment in the Havelock North Village Green on Wednesday ahead of the grand opening next week.

The consensus was that the water feature was the best part. It meanders t

24 March 2017

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Very clever lights for park

'Intelligent' is not the first adjective that springs to mind when talking about lighting systems in public parks ? but it should be when those parks are in Hastings.

Hawke's Bay's community-owned electricity lines company Unison ha

24 March 2017

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Section numbers adding up

Enabling more than 200 residential sections to be brought to market in Hastings is on the agenda this week.

At the Hastings District Council meeting on Thursday councillors will vote on whether to adopt recommendations supporting rezoning lan

21 March 2017

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Education worth multi-millions to Bay

Educating youngsters from across the world is worth $29 million a year to Hawke's Bay figures released last week show.

A lot of the success the region is having at attracting international students comes down to selling

20 March 2017

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Osmanthus Gardens lighting up

In three weeks' time lantern light will once again cast its beautiful glow across the Osmanthus Gardens with new lotus lanterns adding to the magic.

This year is the eighth anniversary of the festival which celebrates Hastings' 36-year-o

15 March 2017

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Ruru watching over Kohupatiki

A ruru (morepork) beautifully hand-crafted from galvanised steel atop a column of weathering steel now watches over Kohupatiki Marae and the awa of its people the Ngaruroro Mokotuararo ki Rangatira/Clive River.

Historical landmarks of mana

15 March 2017

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Ruru watching over Kohupatiki

A ruru (morepork) beautifully hand-crafted from galvanised steel atop a column of weathering steel now watches over Kohupatiki Marae and the awa of its people the Ngaruroro Mokotuararo ki Rangatira/Clive River.

Historical landmarks of mana

15 March 2017

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Havelock North Library getting facelift

The plans for the makeover of the Havelock North Library have been drawn up and work is due to start in June.

Urgent work completed just over 12 months ago to replace leaking skylights made sure the collections were safe while the refurbishme

14 March 2017

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Go slow at Whakatu Link roundabout

State Highway 2 at the site of the Whakatu Arterial Link will get slightly narrower from tomorrow as the construction of the new roundabout continues.

Work on the 3.5 kilometre route which heads across the fields through Whakatu to Pakowha

13 March 2017

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Fire season 'open' but be careful

The fire restriction status in Hastings has been pulled back to 'open' from today.

That status applies across the Hastings district except for areas in the control of the Department of Conservation or Bay Forests Rural District.

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13 March 2017

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HoY: Top tips for newbies

There are still two days to go at Horse of the Year ? and they are the best days.

One of its biggest fans Horse of the Year board chairwoman Cynthia Bowers is urging locals to get along for a look. She has some very good tips for newbies

10 March 2017

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Water: Restrictions are off

The Level Three water restrictions have been lifted today ? meaning there are now no longer any bans on outdoor water use in the Hastings district.

As usual at this time of year the level is set at one which asks that people be aware of wa

10 March 2017

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Tackling obesity at grass roots

A man tackling obesity head on

10 March 2017

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Chlorine taps back on

The chlorine-free taps will be back on by 6pm tonight (March 7).

On Friday the taps were temporarily turned off after water test results showed the filters were not working as well as desired.

At the time they were turned off Hasti

7 March 2017

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Brookvale Bore 3 on tomorrow

Brookvale Bore 3 will be turned on tomorrow morning at 9am (March 7).

The water has been fully tested and the treatment process has been approved by the health authorities. Approval to use the water supply has been given by the Joint Working

6 March 2017

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Chlorine-free taps turned off

Hastings' chlorine-free public taps have been turned off temporarily tonight.

The move has been triggered by watertest results receivedlatethis evening that show the chlorine-removing&n

3 March 2017

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It's nearly Big Easy time

This Easter Saturday April 15 hundreds of riders are expected to saddle up for the fifth annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke's Bay Trails wrapping up with a concert at Church Road Winery where 'The Easy Riders' featuring Jackie Clarke Ann

3 March 2017

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Parks Week: Get into it

Hastings District Council is encouraging residents to make a special effort to get into a park this week.

Parks Week (March 4 to 12) is managed by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Parks and Leisure Australia and is designed t

3 March 2017

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More than 100 becoming Kiwis

The karanga calling about-to-be-New Zealanders into their citizenship ceremony this Thursday will be hailing the largest group Hastings has ever hosted.

One hundred and fifteen people from 14 different countries will pledge their oath or affi

1 March 2017

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Special fence for a special tree

A wrought iron fence especially made to protect Havelock North's much loved gum tree has been installed.

It is one of the last pieces of the Havelock North Village Green development to be put in as an official opening celebration nears.p

28 February 2017

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New rules for boaties up for consultation

The Hawke's Bay Navigation Safety Bylaw has been reviewed and is nowopen for public consultation until 17 March 2017.

The revised bylaw is available on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council's website w

28 February 2017

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Gemco working on opera house

Gemco Construction has been announced today as the successful tenderer for the earthquake strengthening of the Hawke's Bay Opera House.

The locally-based building company will prepare a detailed construction plan. If that proves acceptable

24 February 2017

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Waimarama Boil Water Notice lifted

The Boil Water Notice in Waimarama has been lifted today.

Consistently clear water tests and the completion of an investigation into the cause of the initial e-Coli test results have allowed the notice to be lifted said Hastings District Cou

24 February 2017

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Massive effort preparing for Te Matatini stage

On Saturday at the end of an electrifying 25 minutes on the kapa haka stage at Te Matatini the Hastings performers will have given their all.

The sweat will be pouring off them but the pride will be immense says Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaun

22 February 2017

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Be prepared for Civil Defence events

Recent fires reinforce the need for residents to be prepared for Civil Defence events

The fires which occurred in the Hastings District last week have served as a timely reminder that it is vital to be prepared for such events. After several

21 February 2017

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Be prepared for Civil Defence events

Recent fires reinforce the need for residents to be prepared for Civil Defence events

The fires which occurred in the Hastings District last week have served as a timely reminder that it is vital to be prepared for such events. After several

21 February 2017

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Waimarama water; test results clear

Test results of the Waimarama water supply received today have come back clear.

Work around inspections of the sites is nearing completion as is the analysis of the operating information. This work is required to inform the processes require

21 February 2017

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Hastings fire status back to restricted

The Total Fire Ban across Hastings district has been stepped back to a Restricted Fire Season from today (February 20); however full fire bans remain in place in Napier City Central Hawke's Bay and Wairoa districts.Hastings District Council principa

20 February 2017

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Waimarama water; latest update

Further results from tests of the Waimarama water supply have come back clear today.

The Boil Water Notice remains in place and Hastings District Council asset manager Craig Thew is asking Waimarama residents to remain patient while the full

20 February 2017

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Results in; Boil water notice continues

Results from some tests of the Waimarama water supply have been received today at 2.40pm.

Those preliminary results from six sites across the Waimarama reticulation have come back clear for e-Coli however the Boil Water Notice remains in for

19 February 2017

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Boil water notice continues; update

The Boil Water Notice for the Waimarama town water supply remains in place this morning.

The Boil Water Notice was put in place yesterday after test results were received that showed very low levels of E-Coli. It will continue until further

19 February 2017

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Chlorination: Commonly asked questions

Council has put together answers to commonly asked questions.Please check here to see if the answer to your question is on the list. If not please feel free to contact us. Phone: 871 5000; email customerservice@hdc.govt.nz or message us on Face

18 February 2017

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Boil water notice: Waimarama

Residents in Waimarama are being told to boil their water before drinking it after water tests today showed low levels of E coli in the public supply.

Residents in the coastal town in Hawke's Bay who take their water from the town supply s

18 February 2017

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Mackersey name for cricket pavilion

The Mackersey family's substantial contribution to the revamped Havelock North Village Green is being recognised in the naming of the newly re-homed cricket pavilion.

And the tiniest member of the family seven-month-old Scarlett looked ve

17 February 2017

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Chlorine-free tap on in Hastings

Chlorine-free water is available from the public tap in front of the Hastings Library from today.

The water has been through the water testing process and chlorinated however filters at the tap remove the chlorine.

The five minute

17 February 2017

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Chlorine-free tap on in Hastings

Chlorine-free water is available from the public tap in front of the Hastings Library from today.

The water has been through the water testing process and chlorinated however filters at the tap remove the chlorine.

The five minute

17 February 2017

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Queen St getting a new top

A section of Queen St West will be closed for about three weeks from Monday (February 20) while the road surface is renewed.

The area affected is between Market St and Russell St North.

Some underground services work will be carrie

17 February 2017

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Popularity of Bay trails continues to climb

The popularity of Hawke's Bay Trails is continuing to climb with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling walking or running.

Trail use has increased by 46 per centin the last three years. Trail cou

17 February 2017

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Pou a gift from Rarotonga

A very special guest has arrived in Hawke's Bay bearing a gift for the people of Hastings.

Nga Marae Nga Marae o Heretaunga the collective of marae in Hastings District is hosting the Queen of Rarotonga who has arranged for the carving

16 February 2017

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Hot spot watch ongoing

All out-of-region fire crews will be stood down at end of shift tomorrow with local crews taking over the management of the fire scenes.

This morning National RuralFireAuthority incident controllerJohn Sutton said he was re

16 February 2017

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Civil Defence Emergency status lifted

The Civil Defence Emergency status in Hastings has been lifted.

Hastings District Council made the decision at 1.55pm today that the fire situation could be managed with local resources which meant the emergency status was no longer required

15 February 2017

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Local helicopters remain on standby

Four local helicopters remain on standby to fight fires in Hastings while those from out of the region are being returned to their home bases at the end of today.

This does not mean we are out of danger but we are at a stage where ground

15 February 2017

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Hastings fires update; 9.25am

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were extremely helpful

15 February 2017

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Hastings fires update; 9.25am

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were extremely helpful

15 February 2017

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Fires contained but stay prepared

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were extremely helpful

15 February 2017

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Do not light fires

People are continuing to take foolish risks with fire in Hastings despite the complete fire ban ? and despite the devastation that fire has caused across the district over the last few days.

Two outdoor rubbish fires were put out today by f

14 February 2017

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Craggy Range Rd people back home

Residents in Craggy Range Road and Lopez Lane have been allowed back home tonight but the roads are only open for people who live on them and firefighting vehicles.

The Waimarama fire which has been burning since Monday has destroyed one ho

14 February 2017

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Hastings District Fire; 12.15pm Update

Crews fighting a large fire in Waimarama Road are making good progress in containing the blaze.

A Civil Defence Emergency remains in place in the Hastings District after several fires burnt yesterday.

There is now a limited threat o

14 February 2017

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Hastings District Fire; 9am Update

A Civil Defence emergency remains in place in the Hastings District this morning as fire crews are out again fighting several fires around the Hastings District.

The main concern is the Waimarama Road fire which continues to burn stron

14 February 2017

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Waimarama fire; final update for today

Eight fire crews will continue to monitor the Waimarama Fire overnight concentrating mainly on ensuring buildings are protected.

Hastings Civil Defence staff worked until 10pm on Monday night and will resume at 7am Tuesday morning.

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13 February 2017

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Waimarama Rd fire; 6.30pm update

Homes in the Craggy Range Rd area have been evacuated as the fire in Waimarama Rd changes direction involving 37 people from 20 houses.

All the evacuees have elected to stay with friends or relatives

About 23 homes on the Waimarama

13 February 2017

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Waimarama Rd fire; Hastings Civil Defence Emergency declared

A State of Emergency was declared in the Hastings district this afternoon in the wake of a number of dangerous rural fires.

The main concern is a fire on Waimarama Road. The fire has destroyed one home and is threatening others. Several home

13 February 2017

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Hastings Civil Defence Emergency

A State of Emergency was declared in the Hastings district this afternoon in the wake of a number of dangerous rural fires.

The main concern is a fire on Waimarama Road. The fire has destroyed one home and is threatening others. Severa

13 February 2017

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Chlorine-free tap next week

Chlorine-free water will be available from a public tap in Hastings next week after specialised carbon filters arrive.

The first tap to be commissioned will be 'the library' tap formerly used by residents to access fluoride-free water

10 February 2017

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Start on opera house build in August

Work on strengthening the Hawke's Bay Opera House will start in August and take about 18 months.

We're very pleased to be able to announce a start on the work. It has been a very detailed process getting to this point and we are aware

10 February 2017

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Arty tables brighten community centres

Visitors to our community centres are the winners from a partnership between Hastings District Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Prison.

Two tables have been built by a group of prisoners for the Camberley Community Centre. Two more have bee

9 February 2017

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Ground crews working on fire

As crews work to contain a fire in inland Hawke's Bay covering about 190 hectares the temperature is dropping the winds are light and there is rain forecast.

The fire set in steep hill country between Te Pohue and Puketitiri was first re

7 February 2017

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Bikes and breakfasts in February

February is a great month to leave your car at home and ride to work or school as a means of transport ? pick the right week and you could receive a free breakfast too.

The Hawke's Bay Commuter Challenge runs from Monday February 13 Fr

7 February 2017

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The Big Dry; fire safety tips for rural people

Fire reduction;reduce the chances of fire occurring at your rural property by:

Not lighting ANY open-air fires. This includes braziers pizza ovens solid fuel barbecues hangi etc.

Having a defensi

7 February 2017

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Get ready: Waitangi Day action is on the way

An historical re-enactment and hikoi waka rides sports competitions stalls food and family entertainment will all be part of two Waitangi Day events on Monday (February 6).

Waitangi Day Big 9 and the Clive Festival have become major event

2 February 2017

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Get ready: Waitangi Day action is on the way

An historical re-enactment and hikoi waka rides sports competitions stalls food and family entertainment will all be part of two Waitangi Day events on Monday (February 6).

Waitangi Day Big 9 and the Clive Festival have become major event

2 February 2017

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A new path between cities

An important link in the region's cycle paths was officially opened on Sunday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the clip-on cycleway on the Chesterhope Bridge on Pakowhai Rd which is a main route between Hastings and Napier.

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2 February 2017

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Brookvale bore update: UV in place

All parts for the new Brookvale water treatment station are in Hawke's Bay and the UV treatment system is in place.

In the last update from Hastings District Council a fortnight ago some parts were still on their way. Council's asset ma

1 February 2017

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1931 Earthquake: Again the bells will toll

The bells of Hastings clock tower will again ring out this Friday at 10.47am marking the exact moment that 86 year ago a 7.8 magnitude earthquake took the lives of 256 people across Hawke's Bay.

It remains New Zealand's deadliest earthqu

31 January 2017

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New bus stops all go

Buses will be stopping at the new central city bus stops in Eastbourne St from Thursday.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council which runs the Go Bus service confirmed that it would be using the stops beside the new shelters built by Hastings Distr

31 January 2017

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Chlorine-free filling stations on the way

Chlorine-free water filling stations will be up and running within three to four weeks in Hastings Flaxmere Havelock North Bridge Pa and Paki Paki.

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule today [January 30] announced that staff had found an effectiv

30 January 2017

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More beautiful outdoor art

Another 10 Chorus boxes are either completed or nearly there bringing the total of beautified utility boxes across Hastings to 30.

For each of the last three years Hastings District Council and telecommunications company Chorus have got toge

27 January 2017

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More beautiful outdoor art

Another 10 Chorus boxes are either completed or nearly there bringing the total of beautified utility boxes across Hastings to 30.

For each of the last three years Hastings District Council and telecommunications company Chorus have got toge

27 January 2017

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Bring out your volunteers

Publicly thanking the amazing work that volunteers do across the Hastings district is a very important part of our culture says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.

Nominations for the 2017 Civic Honours Awards opened this week.

The award

27 January 2017

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Water blasting off graffiti

Cleaning up graffiti in our district is an ongoing process and it does take water to remove it.

Hastings District Council is currently using water tankers filled from bores not attached to the town supply for water blasting so the work can go

24 January 2017

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Fresh teens for youth council wanted

The next bunch of keen teens are needed to take up the seats around the Hastings Youth Council table.

The positions are open to 16 to 19 year olds with an interest in what is going on in their district particularly those things that affect t

24 January 2017

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Cricket camps: Keeping the wickets safe

Near 1500 children from across New Zealand have spent much of January playing cricket in Hawke's Bay at the annual Hawke's Bay Cricket Camps.

This year 135 teams from as far a-field as Auckland Whakatane New Plymouth and Wellington have

23 January 2017

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Swimming danger: algae blooms confirmed

People are being warned not to swim at popular spots Patangata Horseshoe Bend and Red Bridge in the Tukituki River following results received (January 20) which showincreased levels of cyanobacteria mats (algal blooms).

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23 January 2017

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Parts for Brookvale have arrived

The parts for the new water treatment facility that will enable one of the Brookvale pumps to be turned on again have been constructed across the globe.

Some have arrived including the UV plant while others are either cle

14 January 2017

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Biggest project since Expressway starts

The diggers are rolling up to start work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Rd.

It is the largest road project in Hawke's Bay since the construction of the Napier-Hastings Expressway in 2002.

12 January 2017

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Sprinkler ban to ensure all have water

Making sure all homes have water coming out of their taps is the top priority.

Hastings District Council has today [January 12] raised water restrictions to level three in Hastings Flaxmere Bridge Pa and Havelock North in the wake of pocke

12 January 2017

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Watch pets and children around algae mats

With summer sun baking river levels low and warm at this time of year local rivers are fun and generally safe to swim in but people should be aware of the risks to people and animals from toxic algae warns Hawke's Bay Regional Council and the Haw

12 January 2017

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Fire risk extreme; complete ban on now

A total fire ban is being imposed across Hawke's Bay and Gisborne.

A decision to move to the ban across the regions was made this morning (January 11) in the wake of continuing hot dry weather with little respite in the forecast.

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11 January 2017

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Keep cool at the pool parties

Keeping cool is a priority for our kids these summer holidays and this Saturday and Monday they have two perfect opportunities to have heaps of fun in the water.

The district's two outdoor pools have pool parties planned; on January 14 at

11 January 2017

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Water load threatening supplies to homes

Water restrictions may have to rise to level three in Hastings Flaxmere Bridge Pa and Havelock North unless there is a big reduction in water use.

Three very hot days have seen water consumption rise dramatically which has meant the reservo

11 January 2017

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Hectares of olives up in smoke

Nine hectares of olive trees and grazing alongside the Tuki Tuki Road were lost to fire yesterday.

The blaze was yet another warning that every care needs to be taken with fire as the region continues to turn tinder dry said Eastern Regional

6 January 2017

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City bus shelters going up

The steel framework and the seats for the new state-of-the-art central city bus shelter outside the Hastings Library in Eastbourne St have been installed and the glass panels for the roof and sides are due to arrive in January.

The likely st

6 January 2017

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Awards celebrate Hastings' beautiful gardens

Sue Watson and Kelly Scannell both have a bonus $2000 each to spend on their gardens after they took out the two top positions in this year's Tremains' Spring Spruce Up Awards.

Sue won the Open Category with her Tomoana Rd front garden.

22 December 2016

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Aquatics Hastings gets gold for swim school

Aquatics Hastings has received a gold Quality Swim School award from Swimming New Zealand for their swimming schools at Clive War Memorial Pool and Swim Heretaunga.

Hundreds of children ranging from pre-schoolers to teenagers take par

22 December 2016

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Frimley Pool very nearly there

Frimley Pool will open on December 27.

Pool staff are looking forward to throwing open the doors to the public after getting the water to a point where they can be comfortable it will be suitable for swimming in five days.

Water res

21 December 2016

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Ramped up water restrictions

A change meaning people can only water their gardens every second day is being brought in to avoid people at the ends of the town supply running out of water.

Water pressure to some homes in Bridge Pa Flaxmere and Havelock North had got down

20 December 2016

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Camberley kids splashing about

A new neighbourhood splash pad has been opened just in time for Christmas.

A mini version of the large community splash pads in Flaxmere and Cornwall parks had its first public 'turning on

20 December 2016

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Fires a real risk: Restrictions in place

A raft of fires over the last few days should be a reminder of the summer fire restrictions.

In Hastings one of the worst was a scrub fire in Mangleton Rd in Kereru that took five fire truck crews and a helicopter three hours to extinguish. T

20 December 2016

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Poppies proliferating on our streets

Hastings is leading the charge nationwide in the drive to help ensure our military history is not forgotten.

At a ceremony this morning (December 16) the addition of nine poppies on street signs was celebrated. Poppy Places is a national proj

16 December 2016

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Poppies proliferating on our streets

Hastings is leading the charge nationwide in the drive to help ensure our military history is not forgotten.

At a ceremony this morning (December 16) the addition of nine poppies on street signs was celebrated. Poppy Places is a national proj

16 December 2016

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Water update on-line and in letterboxes

An update on the town supply water situation has been published by Hastings District Council and will be delivered to 25000 homes between now and December 23.

The topics covered include explaining the pumping issue that has made it difficult

14 December 2016

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Help for business wrapped up

Businesses receiving emergency financial help after the campylobacter outbreak in August have received an average $4783 each.

Council staff will table the results of the financial assistance package for Havelock North businesses at Council'

13 December 2016

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Wine and food HB: A definitive guide

This week the brand new Ultimate Hawke's Bay Food and Wine Guide 2017 Guide hits the shelves just in time for another busy summer season.

A brand new guide the Ultimate Food and Wine Guide is a merger of the previous Hawke's Bay Dining

13 December 2016

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Thank you: Help comes from runners

The Village Green is home to Run Walk Hawke's Bay's Hastings members one of the groups who still used the old Havelock North Cricket Pavilion when it was in its old spot to the north of the park.

They are looking forward to again being a

12 December 2016

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One last shove for Green total

One final push is needed to raise the last of the funds needed for the Havelock North Village Green's once-in-a-generation

12 December 2016

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Water restrictions back to level two

Water restrictions are being eased today.

Excellent conservation efforts by residents and damper weather have taken the pressure off the system ? but people are being asked to continue being careful with water.

Level three restric

8 December 2016

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There are kittens in Frimley Park

Cute little kittens are rampaging all over Frimley Park just waiting for our technology-savvy children to track them down. But while they are finding them they will need to avoid the Bad Fairy.

Magical Park is a virtual reality game aimed a

8 December 2016

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It must be Christmas; Santa is here

The Christmas flags and tinsel are up the big trees have been erected in Hastings Flaxmere and Havelock North Father Christmas is resplendent on the Westerman's building and the beautiful steel trees are up in the fountain in the city centre.

6 December 2016

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It must be Christmas; Santa is here

The Christmas flags and tinsel are up the big trees have been erected in Hastings Flaxmere and Havelock North Father Christmas is resplendent on the Westerman's building and the beautiful steel trees are up in the fountain in the city centre.

6 December 2016

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It must be Christmas; Santa is here

The Christmas flags and tinsel are up the big trees have been erected in Hastings Flaxmere and Havelock North Father Christmas is resplendent on the Westerman's building and the beautiful steel trees are up in the fountain in the city centre.

6 December 2016

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Splash pads open; restrictions continue

The splash pads in Flaxmere Park and Cornwall Park will be back on from this weekend ?7am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and then 3pm to 7pm on weekdays.

A great effort by residents has seen just over a 20 per cent reduction in water use fro

1 December 2016

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Christmas and New Year 2016/2017 Open Hours

Find out what days and hours our council facilities are open during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Rubbish and recycling collections

There is no change to rubbish and recycling collections over the Christmas and New Year per

1 December 2016

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The Eastbourne open for special events

The entertainment space off the Opera House Plaza has a brand new name: The Eastbourne.

The winner of a competition to name the space was announced on Friday. Julie Hart the manager of Hastings Women's Refuge was thrilled to win the namin

30 November 2016

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Girls High helps fill the pool

Frimley Pool is in the process of being filled with the help of the Hastings Girls High School and kids will be able to splash about in it very shortly.

Paint work on the pools was finished last week and now water is flowing in. Normally the

29 November 2016

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Council asks for help to conserve water

Record high water use means the pumps drawing water from the aquifer into reservoirs feeding Hastings Havelock North and Flaxmere cannot keep up with demand.

The situation is critical and a sprinkler ban is in force from today.

24 November 2016

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Please take it easy on the water

Record high water use and low rain forecasts mean the community is being asked to make serious efforts

23 November 2016

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No charge for getting rid of car seats

Almost every part of a child's car seat is recyclable ? and in Hastings they can be recycled free of charge.

More than 40000 child car restraints reach their 'use by' date each year in New Zealand. Most end up in a landfill de

22 November 2016

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Earthquake moves Kiwibank staff to Hastings

A warm welcome is being extended to Kiwibank staff who are temporarily relocating to Hastings after access to their building in Wellington was temporarily compromised in last week's earthquake.

Seventy staff from out of the region will be l

22 November 2016

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HDC confirms prosecution by HBRC

Hastings District Council confirms that the Hawke's Bay Regional Council has today issued a prosecution against it under the Resource Management Act for a technical breach of its Resource Consent conditions for taking water from Brookvale Bores No.1

18 November 2016

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Waipatiki camp owned by the public

A little piece of paradise will remain forever in public hands after a two hectare section of beachfront land was bought by three councils: Napier Hastings and Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

The councils each contributed $300000 to the pur

18 November 2016

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Grab your tot and get to Splash Planet

Little ones will descend on Splash Planet en masse on three Wednesdays again this season with Splash Planet's Tiny Tots programme starting next week (November 23).

Splash Planet opened for the season on Monday (November 14).

Intr

17 November 2016

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Hard line on vehicles on East Clive beach

A desire by the community to protect the beach and its natural inhabitants at East Clive will see a harder line taken on those flouting rules banning vehicles from the beach.

From next month Hawke's Bay Regional Council will be increasing i

16 November 2016

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*Update - Tsunami threat now removed

As at 11:53 am 14 November 2016- CONFIRMED - The tsunami threat for Hawke's Bay has been removed. Please note: We may still experience unusually strong and unpredictable currents for some time.

For the latest information please refer to

14 November 2016

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Warning still in place: Stay off beaches

Hawke's Bay has come through the large earthquake overnight undamaged.
The 7.5 magnitude earthquake centred about half way between Kaikoura and Christchurch has caused widespread damage across the South Island and in Wellington.
The earth

14 November 2016

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Waimarama fix before holidays

A solution to a seal issue on a section of Waimarama Rd is almost confirmed and work to fix it is expected to be completed before the summer school holidays start.

The steepness of the road combined with the angle of the corners on a couple o

11 November 2016

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Here comes Santa: Carols in Cornwall Park

Carols will again ring out from Cornwall Park in Hastings in the lead up to Christmas for the 131st year in a row.

And Santa is promising to be there.

The TSB Bank Carols in Cornwall Park will be held on Sunday December 11 a week

11 November 2016

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Beaut bus stops for the central city

New steel and glass bus shelters being installed in Eastbourne St will be stunning and very practical

8 November 2016

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Beaut bus stops for the central city

New steel and glass bus shelters being installed in Eastbourne St will be stunning and very practical

8 November 2016

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Kids give new play gear the thumbs up

A mad rush onto the new playground equipment in Haumoana Memorial Park spoke volumes on Friday ? the play area is a confirmed hit with the kids.

Councillor Ann Redstone cut the ribbon surrounded by a bunch of children from the local school

4 November 2016

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Te Aute Rd reopening to traffic

Traffic will again flow along Te Aute Rd in the Havelock North town centre when it re-opens on Monday (November 7). It has been closed for road works for 10 weeks.

New footpath pavers are being laid along the northern side of Te Aute Rd road

3 November 2016

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Stay safe this Guy Fawke's

With dry windy conditions forecast the Fire Service is asking people to take the utmost care this Guy Fawke's.

There are a few simple rules to follow that will make sure you and your family (as well as the pets and the neighbours) stay saf

2 November 2016

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Waitangi Park update: Work going well

A long dry run of weather has helped the Fulton Hogan project team to transform themost visible part of Waitangi Regional Park.

Good progress has been made on the creation of new wetlands creating an earth platform for the celestial co

2 November 2016

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Hohepa residents are Civil Defence stars

Near 100 residents and staff at Hohepa in Clive put their evacuation practices into action when a long and strong

2 November 2016

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East: A feast for the eyes

Pulling together the works that make up East 2016 Hastings City Art Gallery's two-yearly exhibition celebrating art excellence in Hawke's Bay has been both exciting and complex.

The exhibition opens on Sunday (November 13) with Auckland

2 November 2016

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FAWC is here: Get into it

There are 82 out of the box delicious

1 November 2016

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New councillors all signed up

The councillors were sworn in at Hastings District Council today marking their first official occasion since the election on October 8.

Each of the new and returning councillorstook their oath and signed their declaration of office in

26 October 2016

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Our kids learning about life on the edge

Kiwis of all ages should be aware of natural hazards and a visit to The LAB

25 October 2016

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Time capsule unveils Council-Clapperton links

The Clapperton family's connection with Council goes back more than 80 years and at least three generations.

The shared history came to light after a tiny time capsule was found earlier this month inside the newly moved Havelock North Cric

20 October 2016

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Time capsule unveils Council-Clapperton links

The Clapperton family's connection with Council goes back more than 80 years and at least three generations.

The shared history came to light after a tiny time capsule was found earlier this month inside the newly moved Havelock North Cric

20 October 2016

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Notice of Government water inquiry meeting

Notice of Initial Hearing

The Government Inquiry into Havelock North drinking water will hold an initial public hearing at 1oamon October 27 2016.

The hearing will be held at Hastings District Court 106 Eastbourne Street Wes

20 October 2016

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Poppy Place for Haumoana

Another Poppy Place is about to be celebrated in Hastings ? this one is Memorial Park Avenue leading to the Memorial Arch in Haumoana's Memorial Park.

The unveiling of the Poppy Place sign will be at 11am on October 28 just after the op

18 October 2016

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Dreams helped with Youth Council grants

Australasia's fastest sprinter (under 18 years over 100m) used a Hastings Youth Council Grant to help her get to the competition at which she scored the win.

Georgia Hulls was one of 18 who received a grant of between $250 and $1000 last y

17 October 2016

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Best numbers in the world for Hastings' Cube

More than 500 people have plucked up the courage to step inside The Cube since it landed in the Hastings city centre on Tuesday.

At more than 100 a day that far exceeds the numbers the awe-inspiring virtual reality experience has attracted i

14 October 2016

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Restoring mana to Waitangi Regional Park

A mauri stone has been placed at the centre of the platform being created for the navigation compass at Waitangi Regional Park (October 14).

Te Matau a M

14 October 2016

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New fun for Haumoana kids

Mega and basket swings a spinning circus

13 October 2016

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Under sea job kicks off: Wastewater plant

Some projects are trickier than others ? and one about to start has a bunch of elements that will make it interesting: pipe strings

13 October 2016

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The Cube movie: Crazy; freaky; don't miss it

The consensus was crazy freaky trippy and incredible

10 October 2016

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The Cube movie: Crazy; freaky; don't miss it

The consensus was crazy freaky trippy and incredible

10 October 2016

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Updated preliminary election results

Updated preliminary election results have been released byHastings District Council. The members of Council remain the sameat this stagehowever the vote count numbers have changed.The final results are expected to be announced l

10 October 2016

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Little bit of history found in pavilion wall

A little treasure has been found tucked away in a wall of the Havelock North Cricket Pavilion dating back to 1938.

As befitting a memento left by the original builders it is plain: Just their four names the fact that they were the builders

9 October 2016

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Little bit of history found in pavilion wall

A little treasure has been found tucked away in a wall of the Havelock North Cricket Pavilion dating back to 1938.

As befitting a memento left by the original builders it is plain: Just their four names the fact that they were the builders

9 October 2016

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Election results finalised

Hastings District Council's election results are in with Lawrence Yule again elected mayor.

The 14councillors joining him atthe council table are: George Lyons Rod Heaps Ann Redstone Jacoby Poulain Henare O'KeefeSand

8 October 2016

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Have your say on Expressway improvements

Recent Government proposals to provide funding for roading improvements to improve the safety and efficiency of the HB Expressway and access to the Port of Napier will require a variation or change to the Regional Land Transport Plan.

The

7 October 2016

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Watch out: Here comes The Cube

Prepare for a heart-stopping experience next week when The Cube lands in the middle of the city.

Solo audience members wearing the latest in virtual reality technology will enter a shipping container to find themselves literally at the ver

5 October 2016

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Shade in the park a work of art

A shade structure in the revamped Havelock North Village Green will be a work of art thanks to artist and designer David Trubridge.

Shading the area looking over the new playground the Trubridge-designed structure will mirror the silhouette

3 October 2016

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Planting for spring? Think trees for bees

While the bee float in the Blossom Parade this month was fun it did come with a serious message.

The little bees

29 September 2016

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Sir James: The fourth icon

Caren Wattie clearly remembers her grandad Sir James Wattie; and is rapt that her forebear's contribution to the region has been recognised in the Hastings Icons series.

The portrait of Sir James went up on the curved wall outside the ANZ b

27 September 2016

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New way for cyclists

Two of the region's newest cyclewaysareopen and a cycling party is planned to celebrate them.

The Tour de iWay on SundayOctober 9 starting at 11am offers the opportunity to take part in a great community event for all age

23 September 2016

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LGNZ is calling October 1 Vote Day

Voting packs have been sent to enrolled voters and to make sure you have your say Local Government New Zealand is urging people to post their papers well before polls close.

Postal voting for the 2016 local elections runs from 16 September an

23 September 2016

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Free and easy: Petanque at Frimley

The district's first public petanque court has been opened; a move that has especially pleased resident Barbara Lucas who convinced Council of the merits of the idea.

The petanque terrain was opened next to the Frimley playground in Frimle

22 September 2016

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Amazing Waitangi Estuary work about to start

The contract has been awarded to build key elements of Waitangi Regional Park's estuary enhancement. Work is due to start early next month.

At Wednesday's meeting (September 21) of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Tenders Committee the civ

22 September 2016

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Love declared in the gallery

The fine works of Toss Woollaston were the back drop for a very special ceremony in the Hastings City Art Gallery last week ? the nuptials of artists Lynda McNamara and Graham Renner.

Hastings ceramic and print artist McNamara (now Renner)

22 September 2016

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Assistance package closing date extended

The closing date for the Hastings District Council assistance package available to businesses adversely affected by the Havelock North gastroenteritis outbreak has been extended to 30 September 2016.

This aligns with the closing date of the W

22 September 2016

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Arts festival - the acts are on the way!

With less than three weeks until the second Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival kicks off festival organisers are preparing for the arrival of international acts from the UK Australia Canada and the USA.

For the 2016 event Festival Dire

20 September 2016

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Lions keep Havelock North beautiful

Nine members of the Havelock North Village Lions Club took part in the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean Up Week on Saturday morning (September 17).

They picked up rubbish along the six roads leading from the Village roundabout to the V

20 September 2016

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Council critical of Hugh Ritchie statement

Hastings District Council today expressed strong disappointment at the irresponsible and misleading

16 September 2016

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The importance of bees; and counting them

While the bee float in the Blossom Parade on Saturday was fun it did come with a serious message.

The little bees

14 September 2016

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Maraetotoara Falls clean-up: Give us a hand?

The annual spring clean of one of Hastings' most beautiful spots is on this Saturday (September 17).

Maraetotara Falls is not only beautiful it is also very popular and some visitors are more responsible than others when it comes to removi

14 September 2016

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Parade 2016 - what a boomer!

A crowd of 10000-plus turned out for the annual Blossom Parade on Saturday (September 10) and the weather stayed mostly fine if a little chilly.

Near 50 floats lined up to wend their way from in front of the Hastings District Council buildi

14 September 2016

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Three icons up on the walls

The third of Hastings eight 'Icons' went up today ? this time an apple tree.

That came after portraits of Hastings-bornpainterRita Angus and Hastings old boy Dick Frizzellwere put up over the last two weeks.

13 September 2016

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Three icons up on the walls

The third of Hastings eight 'Icons' went up today ? this time an apple tree.

That came after portraits of Hastings-bornpainterRita Angus and Hastings old boy Dick Frizzellwere put up over the last two weeks.

13 September 2016

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Thousands of dollars up for grabs

Entries are now open for the 2016 Tremains Spring Spruce Up Awards with a $2000 cash prize up for grabs.

The awards a partnership between Hastings District Council and Tremains are open to both those

7 September 2016

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Take care on roads as bad weather comes in

The NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists to take extra care and plan travel carefully as a return to winter weather conditions may bring cold temperatures strong winds heavy rains and snow to low levels to many areas of the lower and central N

7 September 2016

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Boil water notice lifted in Havelock North

Water from the Havelock North town water supply no longer needs to be boiled before drinking.

The third clear water test in a row came back today allowing the boil water notice to be lifted.

The results confirm that water from the

3 September 2016

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Water results - September 2

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have come back clear today (September 1).Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is boiled.

2 September 2016

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Flat out cycling in Hastings

The busiest cycle ways of the nine routes measured in Hastings are between Hastings and Havelock North one on each side of Havelock Rd.

By the end of August 23234 cyclists had used the south side path since January 1 and 29370 the north s

2 September 2016

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Gorge bridge work starting; expect delays

From Monday (September 5) motorists travelling on State Highway 3 through theManawatu Gorge may experience short delays to their journey while routine bridge maintenance is carried out the NZ Transport Agency is advising.

We appreci

2 September 2016

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Water results - September 1

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have come back clear today (September 1).Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is boiled.

1 September 2016

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Havelock North Water Contamination Business Assistance

This scheme is designed to provide assistance to businesses affected by the recent water contamination event. It is not designed to provide compensation for losses. These matters are likely to turn on issues of eventual legal liability.

For m

1 September 2016

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The gum tree is not going anywhere

The much-loved tallest tree in Havelock North believed to be more than 100 years old is about to get some extra help to stay in the peak of health.

Hastings District Council has been fielding calls recently from people concerned that the Ta

1 September 2016

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Havelock North Water Public Meeting (video)

A second public meeting on the water contamination in Havelock North was held on Wednesday 31stAugust at the Riverbend Bible Church.You can watch the video of the meetingh

1 September 2016

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Water results - August 31

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have come back clear today (August 30).Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is boiled.

31 August 2016

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Havelock North water update

The boil water notice cannot be lifted this week as Hastings District Council had hoped.

The Ministry of Health has advised that it requires three days of clear results from the water tests being undertaken to ensure Hasting water is complet

31 August 2016

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Cricket pavilion settled on new home

The historic building that has stood on the Havelock North Village Green for 80 years has made the move across the park ? and has come through the experience unscathed.

At 5am this morning (August 31) the building was inched onto a moving t

31 August 2016

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Movers and shakers up on our walls

The first of eight portraits of Hastings' movers and shakers

31 August 2016

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Movers and shakers up on our walls

The first of eight portraits of Hastings' movers and shakers

31 August 2016

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Havelock North Water Public Meeting (video)

A public meeting on the water contamination in Havelock North was held on Tuesday 30thAugust at the Riverbend Bible Church.

You can watch the video of the meeting here

31 August 2016

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Public Meeting - Water Supply

We invite you to attend one of two public meetings which will be held from 5:30 - 7pm on Tuesday 30th of August and Wednesday 31st of August at the Riverbend Bible Church at 354 Te Aute Road in HavelockNorth. The venue seats 510

30 August 2016

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Water test results - August 30

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water havecome back clear today(August 30).
?Tests takenfrom the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long a

30 August 2016

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Water test results - August 29

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water havecome back clear (29August 2016).
?Tests takenfrom the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is

30 August 2016

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Water test results - August 28

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water havecome back clear today (28August 2016).
?Tests takenfrom the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as

28 August 2016

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Water test results - August 27

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water havecome back clear today (27August 2016).
?Tests takenfrom the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as

27 August 2016

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Hastings District Water Plan Update

Hastings District Council confirmed today that the Brookvale water bores have been closed.

Havelock North water is now coming from Hastings bores. Residents may notice contractors flushing water from fire hydrants to ensure Hasting

26 August 2016

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Hastings Water Results 26 August 2016

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have come back clear today (26August 2016).
?Tests takenfrom the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it i

26 August 2016

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Work & Income in Havelock North

Work &amp; Income Advisors will be in the Havelock North Function Centre between 10:00-12:00 on Monday 29 Augustwith business and personal expertise available. Please visit the Centre if you have any questions or concerns.

26 August 2016

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Public meetings on Havelock North Water Contamination

Public meetings on the water contamination will be held in Havelock North next week.

Click on the flyer or read below for more information.

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26 August 2016

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Council proposes water rates remission for Havelock North ratepayers

In recognition of the impact of the water contamination incident Hastings District Council intends to provide a remission of water rates to any property connected to the Havelock North water supply.

This is part of a wider recovery package t

26 August 2016

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Havelock North Business Recovery Package

Hastings District Council have announced a significant recovery package for Havelock North's business community following the local water contamination.

Hastings District Council will be allocating $100000 to support Havelock North business

26 August 2016

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Water test results for today

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have again come back clear today (August 25).Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is boiled.

25 August 2016

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Location of Water Tankers in Havelock North

Water is still available fromtankers at various locations around Havelock North.

To find their location click on the map below. Click on the blue icon to find the exact location

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25 August 2016

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Information for Private Bore Owners

This information sheet is for people who have a private drinking-water supply are not connected to a council or town reticulated supply and who may be concerned about their water quality following the Havelock North water supply campylobacter outbre

25 August 2016

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Hawke's Bay District Health Board Update

Welcome to Thursday'sHawke's Bay District Health Board Update 25 August 2016

A total of five people are in Hawke's Bay Hospital with campylobacter two fewer than yesterday. This total includes one patient bein

25 August 2016

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Answers to FAQ's on water chlorination

FAQ's regarding the Havelock North Water Supply.

What is the product going in? Is there ammonia in it?

The water system is being dosed with Sodium Hypochlorite. This does not contain ammonia.

25 August 2016

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Hawkes Bay Regional Council formal investigation

Hastings District Council was today advised that the Hawkes Bay Regional Council will begin a formal investigation into the Havelock North water supply contamination.

Hastings District Council welcomes this investigation. It demonstrates that

25 August 2016

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Council closes Tainui Reserve in Havelock North

In response to the water contamination issues in Havelock North Hastings District Council has begun draining the Havelock North reservoirs on Hikanui Drive.

This a controlled release that poses no danger to the health and safety of park visi

25 August 2016

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Public meetings on water contamination

Public meetings on the water contamination will be held in Havelock North next week.

Click on the flyer or read below for more information.

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24 August 2016

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Water test results for today

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have again come back clear today.Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is boiled.

24 August 2016

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Water test results

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have again come back clear today.

Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply show the water remains safe to drink as long as it is boiled.

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23 August 2016

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Chlorination being expanded

To ensure all residents using town water supplies are completely safe the chief executive of Hastings District Council has instructed that all Council-owned water supplies in the district be chlorinated for the foreseeable future.

The supply

23 August 2016

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Hastings water going into Havelock North

A decision has been made today to supply Havelock North's water from the Hastings' water system for the foreseeable future.

The opening of a connection between the two supplies will be managed over the next few days to ensure any contamin

23 August 2016

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Water results from Sunday tests

Test results from the water supply servicing Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water have again come back clear today.

Tests taken from the treated Havelock North supply also came back clear.

The results were received late this

22 August 2016

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District Health board latest update

Presentations to Hawke's Bay Hospital's Emergency Department and to General Practice with people who have a gastro illnesses continues to tail off.

Chief Executive of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board Dr Kevin Snee said all the r

22 August 2016

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Bulk water for food businesses

All of the food businesses and motels in the Havelock North area have received bulk bottled water supplies.

Mayor Lawrence Yule said while the town water is safe to drink once boiled it is difficult to boil the amount of water needed to feed

22 August 2016

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District health board latest update

There was more encouraging news from Hawke's Bay District Health Board this morning as numbers of people seen by general practice and in hospital with gastro illness continues to decline.

However the district health board continues to stres

21 August 2016

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Hastings water tests come back clear

Test results from the Hastings Flaxmere and Bridge Pa water supplies have come back clear this afternoon.

The tests were taken from across the network including from the same areas of the water supply that returned suspect results yesterday.

21 August 2016

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Water tankers back in HN tomorrow

Water tankers will be parked in Havelock North tomorrow after all of them tested clear over the weekend.

The tankers have been re-sterilised re-tested and re-filled.

The tankers from which the public can fill water containers will

21 August 2016

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Frequently asked water testing questions



Who sets water testing rules?

The rules on the testing of drinking water are set out in the NZ Drinking Water Standards which are overseen by the Ministry of Health and its Drinking Water Association.

21 August 2016

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Gastric illness health board update

Health workers who responded to the gastro outbreak in Havelock North have today been praised by Hawke's Bay District Health Board (DHB) chief executive Kevin Snee.

In a video posted on the DHB's website Dr Snee said the water borne outb

20 August 2016

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Unexpected Hastings water supply result

Unexpectedly positive test results for the indicator organism e-coli have come back this afternoon from water samples taken from the Hastings supply.

The water supply remains safe to drink given that chlorination was introduced to the supply

20 August 2016

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Welfare teams on over weekend

The Red Cross' and Civil Defence info hub tent will be on site and manned in Havelock this weekend.

The tent is a place that people can go to for information regarding the water situation in the village.

It is on the lawn outside

19 August 2016

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Clear water results across district

The most recent tests of the water supply to Hastings and Flaxmere have been returned today and are clear.

The follow up test on the water tanker which returned a suspect result yesterday has also come back clear.

In Havelock North

19 August 2016

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Water FAQ'S

Updated 19th August 2016 at 2.30pm

Do I need to boil the water to do dishes?

No wash as usual and give them a good dry.

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19 August 2016

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Water tankers being refilled over weekend

The tankers supplying water to Havelock North are being refilled this weekend.

That will involve them being removed from their sites at 4pm this afternoon (August 19) for re-sterilisation and refilling from a secure source under the observat

19 August 2016

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Tonkin and Taylor report on-line

For the draft Tonkin and Taylor report into contamination of the number three bore at Brookvale in Havelock North (closed since October last year) see HERE

18 August 2016

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Hastings supply being chlorinated

An e-coli indicator has been found in one of the nine water tankers used to supply drinking water to Havelock North residents.

The suspect tanker was parked in the Havelock North High Schoolcar park. Residents who took water from this s

18 August 2016

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Gastric illness: Health board answers frequently asked questions

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board public health team is getting questions from people concerned about what to do during the gastro outbreak.

Below are some of the most frequently asked and the team's response to them.

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17 August 2016

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Older students return to school tomorrow

Based on the advice of Public Health officials the boards and principals of the Havelock North schools have today made the following decisions regarding opening:

Havelock North Primary Te Mata Primary Lucknow Primary Havelock North Interm

17 August 2016

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Hundreds of homes visited

Door-to-door knocking saw volunteers visit more than 400 homes yesterday checking that people were coping with the nasty gastric illness that had struck Havelock North in Hastings.

Volunteers were mobilised by Hawke's Bay Emergency Managem

17 August 2016

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UV water treatment on the way

An ultra violet light filter that will treat the Havelock North water is being loaned to Hastings District Council while decisions on future treatment of the supply are made.

The offer of a portable plant has been made by Watercare which man

16 August 2016

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Campylobactor the 'likely' cause

Tests results received today confirmed that it was highly likely

16 August 2016

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Welfare line set up for gastric sufferers

A 24-hour welfare line to provide emergency assistance to the community has been set up by Hastings District Council.

Council is working closely with Red Cross and Civil Defence and has a vet liaison person on standby.

People who r

16 August 2016

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Drinking water available in Havelock North

Hastings District Council has placed large tankers containing drinking water around Havelock North.They will be there overnight and tomorrow. The water is available for everyone and you should bring your own containers.

The water from the tan

15 August 2016

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Havelock North Schools Closed Tomorrow

Following an emergency meeting this morning with Ministry of Education and the Principals and Board Chairs of Te Mata School Havelock North Primary Lucknow School Havelock North Intermediate and Havelock North High School we have reassessed

15 August 2016

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Gastro Illness in Havelock North Update

Monday 15th August

Presentations to accident and medical centres continue to increase. Yesterday 183 people presented to a GP and Hawke's Bay Hospital had 11 people present overnight two were admitted.

Hawke's Bay Hospital now

15 August 2016

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Map of Havelock North Water Supply Area

Legend for map below.

Red Line:Boundary of Hastings District Council's water supply to Havelock North

Blue: Havelock North properties connectedto Council'swater supply

Click on the map for a larger versio

15 August 2016

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Havelock North Water Contamination

Legend for map.

Red Line:Boundary of Hastings District Council's water supply to Havelock North

Blue: Havelock North properties connectedto Council'swater supply

15 August 2016

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Gastro: Please check on your neighbours

Presentations by people suffering from gastro illness to accident and medical centres today have been high with 40 people so far presenting to HastingsHealthCentre.

Other accident and medical centres in the area are also seeing in

14 August 2016

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Boil drinking water notice remains in HN

Gastro illness in Havelock North continues to be widespread in the town with accident andmedical Centres pharmacies and St John all reporting increased numbers overnight.

Hawke's Bay Hospital is also seeing increased presentations of

14 August 2016

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Water confirmed as cause of illness

Water testing has confirmed the source of the gastro outbreak in Havelock North was water borne but the type of bug is not yet known.

Hastings District Council chlorinated the water on Friday (August 12) afternoon. Chlorination is effective

13 August 2016

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Havelock North area affected by gastro illness

Havelock North residents are being urged to boil water as a vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak affects a number of people in the area.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board's Medical Officer of Health Nick Jones said while the source of the outb

12 August 2016

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Menzshedders a very happy bunch

The sun came out for the chaps belonging to the Hastings Menzshed yesterday (August 10) ? the first time it had been seen after five days of stormy weather.

The 50-plus members had their official opening on Wednesday afternoon after just t

11 August 2016

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Plaza pretty-fied for events

The naming of the new hire space that was the old Opera Kitchen cafǸ will be decided by competition.

Hastings District Council has decided to hire out the room next to the Opera House Plaza for functions until a broader decision is made on t

11 August 2016

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NZTA roads update: Watch for graders

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that the State Highway 5 Napier to Taupo is planned to open at 11.30am (August 9) this morning but is warning drivers to exercise extra caution due to wintry conditions.

Drivers need to be aware that t

9 August 2016

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Taihape and Napier-Taupo roads still closed

The community beyond the washout on McVicar Rd in Te Haroto in Hastings now has temporary access and will have permanent access by tonight.

The temporary access for 4-wheel drive vehicles was in by 5pm last night and single land permanent ac

9 August 2016

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Poetry on the loose this month

Poems will be let loose at the Hastings library in a couple of weeksto celebrate NZ Poetry Day.

A large number of poems are expected to venture out of their usual confines and pop up around the library shelves during the week say

8 August 2016

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Camberley kids will be splashing about

A splash pad will be in place in Kirkpatrick Park by summer giving local kids the perfect place to cool off.

After consultation with Camberley residents as part of their Communit

8 August 2016

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Staff heading into the hills tomorrow

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group is sending staff into the hill countrynorth of Napier tomorrow morning (August 8) to assess the needs of people who have been without power sinceSaturday morning.

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7 August 2016

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Napier-Taupo Rd closed tonight

Drivers are being reminded totake care and plan travel carefully as winterweather conditions mean many central and lower North Island roads continue to be heavily impacted by snow flooding and road closures.

The NZ Transpor

7 August 2016

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Roads still closed this morning

A burst dam has taken out a section ofroad in Te Haroto overnight.

Council has been advised that McVicar Rdis impassable. The problem at this stage is described as "a culvert blow out to the road caused by a dam bursting up stream

7 August 2016

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Weather closes roads; cuts power

Snow has blanketed areas of Hawke's Bay roads have been closed and the region has been left without power twice today as a blast of severe weather continues.

The Taihape Rd Napier-Taupo Rd and State Highway 2 to Wairoa are all closed due

6 August 2016

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Awards recognise high performing youth

The sixth annual Hastings District Council Youth Potential awards will reward young people from around the district who have shown commitment to achieving their goals.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held this evening (August

2 August 2016

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Heretaunga Plains strategy open for review

Businesses and the public have an opportunity during August to comment on a draft reviewed Heretaunga Plains Urban Development Strategy (HPUDS).

In 2010 the 30-year strategy was adopted by Hastings District Napier City and Hawke's B

1 August 2016

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Napier-Taihape Road reopens

The Napier-Taihape Road has reopened to all vehicles.The road was closed at 1pm on Sunday July 31 due to snow drifts on a near five kilometresection of road between Moawhango and the Kuripapango bridge.

A grader was used to clear

1 August 2016

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Massive numbers for Lego exhibition

Nearly 14000 people have been to see and help build the Lego exhibition with still a month to go ? 6000 more than expected for the whole of the exhibition period.

It is being hailed a massive success

29 July 2016

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Download the app and be up on hazards

A free app is putting official disaster alerts and lifesaving information on Hawke's Baysmart phones.

Hazard App developed by New Zealand Red Cross is a free app that alerts users to hazards like wild weather and flooding and tsunami

29 July 2016

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Planning for prosperity

A brand new plan to build prosperity in Hawke's Bay has been launched; one that makes the most of the region'sabundance of natural resources.

Matariki - Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016 was launc

28 July 2016

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Planning for prosperity

A brand new plan to build prosperity in Hawke's Bay has been launched; one that makes the most of the region'sabundance of natural resources.

Matariki - Hawke's Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016 was launc

28 July 2016

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We're welcoming international students

Hawke's Bay is on track to ramp up its international student enrolments as increasing numbers of international education agents arrive personally checking out the region.

It is estimated that ground work being done now will bring another 3

25 July 2016

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Hastings retail economy hits $60m

Retail growth in Hastings continues to outstrip the national rate up more than eight per cent in the three months ended June 2016.

That compared with an average 4.0 per cent across New Zealand over the same period.

The Marketview r

25 July 2016

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Menzshed a hive of activity

A ramp to be used in activities designed to encourage and give confidence to wheelchair users has been built by Menzshed members and delivered to Hastings Sport Centre.

The centre is running programmes that will encourage wheelchair independe

20 July 2016

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Menzshed a hive of activity

A ramp to be used in activities designed to encourage and give confidence to wheelchair users has been built by Menzshed members and delivered to Hastings Sport Centre.

The centre is running programmes that will encourage wheelchair independe

20 July 2016

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Thousands flooding into libraries

Masses

20 July 2016

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Lyndhurst on way

Tricky issues with the planned second stage of the Lyndhurst subdivision in Frimley have been solved with Council coming up with a solution that halves the cost of managing storm water.

Hastings Distric

20 July 2016

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Strong council backing for HOY

The future of Hastings most lucrative event is secure after Hastings District Council this week (July 19) voted to fully back it.

Horse of the Year brings $12 million into the local economy over its five days each year.

After care

20 July 2016

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Clock work scheduled for tomorrow

As long as the weather plays ball the replacement for the Havelock North village clock will be installed tomorrow morning (July 19).

The replica a one-off made to fit within the existing housing will be lifted into place sometime after 7.30

18 July 2016

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Heavy lifting starts on Village Green

The real work is about to start on the redevelopment of Havelock North's Village Green.

The brand spanking new park is expected to be officially opened by Hastings District Council before summer.

Putting in the foundations for the

18 July 2016

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Subdivisions: Council rezoning and piping

There appears to be some confusion around just what Council can and cannot do about the supply of residential sections says Hastings District Council economic development group manager Craig Cameron.

Council's role is to zone land in a way

16 July 2016

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Clock will once again tick tock

After three years of getting the 'hiccups' and being tweaked back into life; the Havelock North town clock is about to undergo a time-saving operation.

For nearly a year the clock has not been functioning at all.

Delays in

16 July 2016

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From Iran to Hastings

Hastings is quite a small place so being one of just a dozen or so of people from Iran living here certainly generates interest.

Art gallery audience engagement officer Elham Salari moved to Hawke's Bay four years ago and says that in Hast

13 July 2016

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Hastings: Getting prettier and prettier

Prettying up more Hastings utility boxes is underway with the facelift of a Chorus box in Gascoigne St completed.

Arohanui

13 July 2016

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Road leveling coming up

Sorting out the best way to fix an uneven stretch of surface on Havelock Rd in Hastings has taken longer than hoped but the problem has now been solved and it will be repaired in about 12 weeks' time.

The issue appeared after work on wideni

12 July 2016

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More international students on way

Hawke's Bay is on track to ramp up its international student enrolments as increasing numbers of international education agents arrive to personally checkout the region.

It is estimated that ground work being done now will bring anot

11 July 2016

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Massive kapa haka in our neighbourhood

Nearly 4000 students and their supporters will descend on Pettigrew Green Arena over four days this month as the massive

8 July 2016

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FAWC fabulous again

Winter F.A.W.C! (Food and Wine Classic) has again been a huge success for the region.

Now in its fourth year the Winter F.A.W.C! Series has again proven to be extremely popular with locals and visitors.

This year 55 delicious event

1 July 2016

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Lake to be revived

A small but very important corner of Hastings is about to undergo rejuvenation after a local trust secured $644000 to help improve the water quality of Lake T

1 July 2016

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Bigger better buses

Bigger buses with bike racks and wheelchair access are going to be carryingpassengers on the express route between Napier and Hastingsfrom Monday.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council announced today that the two new 34-seaterbuses

1 July 2016

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Rethinking Howard St zoning

At least140 new sections could be ready for subdivision by the end of next year now that Hastings District Council has approved a move to rezone a piece of land in Parkvale.

The rezoning of just over 20 hectares of land off Howard St to resi

1 July 2016

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It's all on at the libraries

Getting creative with wool dance classes 'zine' workshops costume making and of course book reading are all on the list at the Hastings libraries for the winter school holidays.

The staff at the three libraries - Hastings Havelock

29 June 2016

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GTGH site brand spanking new

Great Things Grow Here is an economic development platform for Hawke's Bay. It is a vehicle that businesses and organisations can use to promote our region as the best place to do business work and live.

There have been some very big econo

24 June 2016

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Frimley officially open

Children have been climbing all over the new play equipment at the Frimley Park playground since its opening last week.

The playground with a difference was designed with sensory play and universal access top of the innovation list.

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24 June 2016

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It's time to count the birds

A call has gone out for help with the annual national bird survey.

Hawke's Bay residents are an important part of the annual Garden Bird Surveywhich ison again this year fromJune 25 to July3saysRegional

21 June 2016

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Budget looks to the future

Being able to keep the rate increase very low and assist with a wide range of projects across the district though this year's annual plan is a great outcome says mayor Lawrence Yule.

Hastings District Council this week went through the bud

16 June 2016

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No coin parking for the rest of the year

Free parking in Hastings will continue for another six months and the cost will not be charged to ratepayers' accounts.

Hastings District Council decided today to continue the trial to December 30.

There is no doubt the vibe in

15 June 2016

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Frimley fence coming down

As the fence around the brand new Frimley Playground is about to come down a bunch of playground experts have checked it out from top to bottom ? with one giving it a score of 10 out of 10

15 June 2016

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Frimley fence coming down

As the fence around the brand new Frimley Playground is about to come down a bunch of playground experts have checked it out from top to bottom ? with one giving it a score of 10 out of 10

15 June 2016

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Bay cycleways are winners

It's official ? Hawke's Bay is at the top of the cycling tree.

Napier has the named best urban cycle trail in the country and the Hastings and Napier Urban Cycleways Napier Trails and Hawke's Bay Cycle Trails all made it into the top

10 June 2016

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Trial nearly trebles recycling

A trial of Council-supplied recycling bins has worked wonders nearlytripling the rate of recycling in the trial area.

Recycling bins were issued to 150 houses across four streets in Raureka in February. The recycling rate prior to the

7 June 2016

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Flaming Matariki market coming up

Fire will be a big part of the one-off winter Hastings City Night Market celebrating Matariki next week.

The Hastings City Mall will come alive from 5pm until 8pm on Thursday June 9 with street food trucks free entertainment and arts and cra

3 June 2016

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Free hi-vis gear at pit stops

Be Safe Be Seen pit stops where free hi-vis gear will be handed out to cyclists walkers and runners will be popping up across Hastings and Napier for a week from June 13.

While many cyclists are well aware of the need to lighten up

2 June 2016

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New pipe for troubled Te Mata stretch

A temporary water pipe will be laid along Te Mata Rd starting tomorrow replacing part of a 50 year old main that has ruptured several times over the last two weeks says Hastings District Council.

Work on a permanent replacement will begin a

1 June 2016

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Mayors' Taskforce celebration

Eighty graduates from across Hawke's Bay were piped into a ceremony recognising the qualifications they have gained through training on the job.

The Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs Graduation Ceremony was held at Lindisfarne College earlier th

31 May 2016

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Mayors' Taskforce celebration

Eighty graduates from across Hawke's Bay were piped into a ceremony recognising the qualifications they have gained through training on the job.

The Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs Graduation Ceremony was held at Lindisfarne College earlier th

31 May 2016

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Waipatu gets its facelift

At the almost halfway point in the Marae Whakaute project big strides have been made

31 May 2016

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Water play pirate ship for Splash

It is comingand it is exciting

31 May 2016

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We're helping fish get upstream

Getting up one of our rivers just got a whole lot easier for fish.

Hastings District Council and Hawke's Bay Regional Council have worked together enable fish to migrate up the Aropaoanui River.

Resident Brian Cowper reported his

26 May 2016

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Artistic facelift for tired buildings

A building in the middle of Hastings is coming alive at the hands of artist Mauricio Benega.

The blues and greens of the 40 metre mural are inspired by the Hastings lifestyle ? the architecture landmarks weather our beautiful coastlin

26 May 2016

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Village Green closing for construction

A last hurrah for the playground in the Village Green in Havelock North this weekend heralds the start of the work on getting a brand new one in by summer.

On Sunday the public is invited to a celebration on the Green from 10am to noon (May 2

24 May 2016

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Science is a 'sexy' subject



Almost 150 youngsters had their inner Einstein nudged last week as they dissected fish fermented yeast and built and programmed robots among other things.

It was part of the Hawke's Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New

24 May 2016

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Science is a 'sexy' subject



Almost 150 youngsters had their inner Einstein nudged last week as they dissected fish fermented yeast and built and programmed robots among other things.

It was part of the Hawke's Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New

24 May 2016

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Science is a 'sexy' subject



Almost 150 youngsters had their inner Einstein nudged last week as they dissected fish fermented yeast and built and programmed robots among other things.

It was part of the Hawke's Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New

24 May 2016

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Wattie's helps Keep Hastings Beautiful

Wattie's is on board with helping Hastings become even more beautiful. The rear wall of its premises off Kenilworth Road was constantly being defaced with graffiti up until a couple of months ago.

Now it is a crisp clear fa

23 May 2016

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Wattie's helps Keep Hastings Beautiful

Wattie's is on board with helping Hastings become even more beautiful. The rear wall of its premises off Kenilworth Road was constantly being defaced with graffiti up until a couple of months ago.

Now it is a crisp clear fa

23 May 2016

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Who says infrastructure has to be dull?

A public toilet and a plant converting gas into electricity in Hastings are undoubtedly top of the line.

Both pieces of Hastings District Council infrastructure featured in awards line ups in May.

Winning the small project category

20 May 2016

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Who says infrastructure has to be dull?

A public toilet and a plant converting gas into electricity in Hastings are undoubtedly top of the line.

Both pieces of Hastings District Council infrastructure featured in awards line ups in May.

Winning the small project category

20 May 2016

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Cyclists the cycleway heroes

The perseverance of the cycling community has been instrumental in the huge success that is the region's cycleways says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.

Work on attaching a cycleway to the Chesterhope Bridge will get underway next week after

20 May 2016

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The Lego has landed

Lawrence Yule's engineering background stood him in good stead on Monday [May 16] morning as he helped two youngsters keen to try out the components of an upcoming Hastings City Art Gallery's art installation.

The Hastings mayor alongsi

18 May 2016

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Clip-on for Chesterhope

A clip-on

18 May 2016

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Big blue blocks a big hit

The latest in a long line of initiatives to bring vibrancy to the Hastings City Centre was launched on Saturday to a wildly appreciative audience.

Over 200 children came to Albert Square Park to try out the Imagination Playground.

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16 May 2016

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Next steps for Annual Plan

Getting community input is imperative when putting together the plan for a district for the coming year and this year Hastings has had a good response.

More than 600 people took the time to send in a tear-off slip with their response to the

13 May 2016

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Magical music in Camberley

The excitement in the air is obvious as these Camberley School students pick up their violins and cellos for just the second time.

They are a class of Year 4 children who are learning to play stringed in

13 May 2016

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Light no fires: Weather too dry

People are being asked not to light any outdoor fires over the coming weekend and into next week as the wind rises the rain stays away and the temperatures continue to hit the 20s.

The exceptionally warm and windy autumn conditions across t

12 May 2016

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The big blue blocks are here

Little ones will be centre of attention this Saturday (May 14) as they gather in Albert Square to have a first play with the city's latest attraction; massive blue foam blocks.

The invitation has gone

12 May 2016

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Smokefree about mutual respect

The new Smokefree policy in Hastings and Napier hasthe backing of some big guns: Hawke's Bay Regional Council and Hawke's Bay District Health Board.

The Napier and Hastings councils adopted the policy last year with the roll-out of

11 May 2016

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Seeking sense: Rod Oram

Beijing London and Chicago: Watching these three cities makes sense says international business journalist Rod Oram.

Oram a journalist with 40 years' experience will give a talk entitled Seeking sense: Hope from three cities at the Hast

11 May 2016

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Making Magic; plans with a difference

Using the wisdom of all of a community's heads leads to great plans for the future.

Last night (May 9) Making Magic a video and booklet on community-led planning was shown to t

10 May 2016

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The 'age wave' is coming; get ready

The age wave

10 May 2016

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Countdown to marathon

The councillors are ready to rumble as the day of the inaugural Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay Marathon nears.

Hastings District councillors George Lyons Tania Kerr Sandra Hazlehurst and Cynthia Bowers will join the almost 4950 entrants who

10 May 2016

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Chesterhope clip-on for cyclists

A clip-on

6 May 2016

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The marathon is almost here

At aged 34 Nicholas Magdalinos weighed 116 kilograms and was on a fast track to significant health issues. He's still 34 but Nic is now an amazing 27 kilograms lighter after turning his life around and the only fast track he is on is one to a brigh

6 May 2016

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It might be green but it can still burn

The tinge of green on the hills and cooler weather have some people becoming complacent about fire risk.

Rural fire brigades in Hastings have attended about eight risky fires in the last two weeks prompting rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell

5 May 2016

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Road closed for finishing work

The closure of the Karamu Frederick and Grove roads intersection next week will be kept to as few days as possible says Hastings District Council.

The closure of the busy intersection from Monday May 9 to Wednesday May 11 will allow the i

4 May 2016

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Retail growth up again

For the second quarter in a row spending in Hastings is up by 20 per cent.

It's very good news. That gives us six months of steady increases which is a sign of confidence in our district both by businesses and residents

28 April 2016

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All marathon entries sold out

The inaugural Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon has smashed predictions with all race categories sold out.

That means almost 5000 competitors have signed up to be a part of what already looks set to become an iconic event o

26 April 2016

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It's Lego but not as we know it.

Getting its hands on an internationally-travelled art installation project is a real coup for the Hastings City Art Gallery.

Gallery director Toni MacKinnon announced this week that The cubic structural evolution project will arrive next mont

26 April 2016

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Visiting Asia at home

The complex 'personalities' of Asia have been explored in-depth by New Zealand artists and now their works have been brought together in an amazingly vibrant exhibition Visiting Asia.

The works are the result of residencies in various p

21 April 2016

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Repair for Havelock Rd

Work to correct the uneven surface along a section of Havelock Rd will be completed within four weeks.

The problem affects about 600 metres between Havelock Bridge and St Andrews Rd along the seam where the old road joins the new widened str

18 April 2016

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One week till ANZAC Day

On what is the second year of New Zealand's 100 year commemoration of World War One a full list of commemorations and events across Hawke's Bay are being planned.

Hastings RSA has services organised in the city centre at the Hawke's Bay

15 April 2016

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Super Six success story

A flyover Olympic-style parades and medals and the signing of a fair play charter all added to the excitement of the inaugural Super Sixes an event that has made the finals of this year's sports awards.

The brand new event for Year Six s

13 April 2016

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Te Whaiti boys bolted in

Three happy brothers used their boundless energy (and a lot of help from their mum) to take the top prize in Hastings District Council's first ever Parks Week competition.

Under-12s were challenged to grab an adult and get around as many o

12 April 2016

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Black Sticks take Festival of Hockey title

The New Zealand Black Sticks Women's Hockey team has triumphed at the Hawke's Bay Festival of Hockey but not before some anxious moments in the final five minutes.

The hosts had dominated large periods of the match and were three nil in f

11 April 2016

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Gas to power plant makes finals

Turning methane gas into electricity makes good environmental sense and could also prove to be a winner for the Hastings District Council and Pioneer Energy.

The Omarunui Landfill owned by the Hastings District Council and the Napier City Co

11 April 2016

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The Grand Old Lady will be back in business

A decision has been made ? the Hawke's Bay Opera House will be strengthened and reopened.

At a full Hastings District Council meeting today [April 7] after hearing two days of public submissions councillors agreed that the work would be

7 April 2016

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Help for fundraisers

Knowing how to best use the givUS fundraising database to apply for funds for an organisation is the subject of a workshop being held in the Flaxmere Library 5.30pm April 6.
Free access to the givUS website is available from any Hastings libra

5 April 2016

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Ready to bully off

The ice truck has been ordered the pitch watered to exacting specifications and the international refs have been tucked up in their hotels.

And the call has gone out to our ex-pat communities to back their teams competing in the upcoming in

1 April 2016

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Opera house: Record submissions

More than 3000 submissions on the future of the Hawke's Bay Opera House have been received ? the most Hastings District Council has received on any one particular issue using the submission format.

Council staff are now collating the subm

30 March 2016

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Building up Havelock North Domain

Work on a $1.5 million upgrade of the Havelock North Domain is due to kick off in just over a month and if all goes well will be completed by summer.

The upgrade was consulted on last year and the money is already included in the Hast

30 March 2016

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Fire season open but take care

Wet weather has dampened down the district to the point where the Hastings District Council is able to lift the Restricted Fire Season.

An Open Fire Season is active from Saturday March 26. That allows people to light fires during the day. Fi

30 March 2016

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Please report damage

Vandalism of parks in Hastings is not acceptable says Hastings District councillor Tania Kerr.

Earlier this month trees were hacked and felled in Eskdale Park just north of Napier.

It is a lovely park perfect for children with

30 March 2016

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Neighbourhood Support aglow in new gear



There will be no missing Neighbourhood Support coordinators in their fancy new hi-vis jackets as they call on neighbourhoods across Hastings and Napier to unite.

Five hundred of the high visibility jackets have been handed t

18 March 2016

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What do we do?

Just what is it council's do?

It's a question often asked and Local Government New Zealand is determined to answer it.

The national body that binds New Zealand's councils regional councils and unitary authorities has put t

15 March 2016

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Get on your bike; pathway opening

A picturesque eight kilometre cycle ride will mark the opening of the Havelock North cycleway this weekend.

The latest addition to the Hastings iWay pathway network will be officially opened on Saturday (March 19).

The last time a b

14 March 2016

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Frimley - a new park for everyone

A playground with a difference is being built in Frimley ? with sensory play gear and universal access top of the innovation list.

All the usual park elements will still be there swings slides and rope climbs but there will also be brigh

8 March 2016

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Frimley - a new park for everyone

A playground with a difference is being built in Frimley ? with sensory play gear and universal access top of the innovation list.

All the usual park elements will still be there swings slides and rope climbs but there will also be brigh

8 March 2016

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It's Parks Week - get into it

There are 43 playgrounds in Hastings with 182 pieces of play equipment 177 parks and reserves spread over more than 600 hectares 13000 specimen trees 52000m2 of shrub beds and much more - and there has never been a better time to get around and ex

8 March 2016

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Flaxmere flower power

There is a bit of flack that goes with being a big burly rugby player who spends his days knee deep in flowers but it is Lovell Te Whaiti who has the last laugh.

He has a job that he loves getting up for in the morning ? tending the public

8 March 2016

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We're talking to you about parking

The long term car parks in Hastings will revert to paid parking at 50 cents an hour from March 14 while parking in the city streets will remain free while council consults with residents on whether to continue it or not.

Hastings District Co

7 March 2016

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Resealing done; paint coming

The resealing of the road surface between Havelock North and Hastings has been finished.

However Council is asking drivers to continue to drive slowly and patiently as it will take a few days for the loose chip to clear.

Road marki

7 March 2016

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Delays Expected on Havelock Road

Havelock Road is being be resealed on SundayMarch 6.

Delays are expected and motorists are advised to take an alternative route if at all possible whiletheworkisbeing carried out.

Works will begin at t

4 March 2016

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Lots of great payback from cycling

Almost 11 dozen eggs near 10kg of bacon 10 kg of tomatoes and 10kg of bananas were on the menu for breakfast for the Commuter Challenge and that was at just one venue on one day.

This year's Commuter Challenge which saw cyclists making

29 February 2016

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Horsing around in the city

Having one of the country's top free riders performing on her horse in the centre of the city has got to be a highlight of this Sunday's Horse of the Year Showcase(Feb 28).

Alycia Burton rides her mount without saddle or bridle. Hor

26 February 2016

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Frimley Pool back in business

The Frimley Pool has been reopened today (February 26) after water tests showed the pool water met New Zealand water standards.

The pool was closed as a precaution by Hastings District Council last Wednesday (February 17) after about 40 stu

26 February 2016

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A challenge for Flaxmere

It was all fun and games in Flaxmere on Thursday night with more than 200 children and their whanau rocketing around an obstacle course.

The 230 entries were well up on the previous year's 150 said organiser and Triathlon Hawke's Bay ge

26 February 2016

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New Kiwis in Hastings

Another 21 new New Zealander's each received a kowhai tree to plant last week (February 17) in recognition of their new citizenship status.

The trees representing'putting down roots' have been long been part of the Hastin

26 February 2016

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NZ cycle ride heading for Flaxmere

It is not often you see a team of Maori and Pacific Island cyclists on the road says the organiser of the Uso Bike Ride ? but the unusual sight is wending its way through Hawke's Bay this week.

The group of Maori and Pacifica are travell

19 February 2016

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More free parking but tweaks

The free parking trial in Hastings will be extended until June but with a few tweaks.

To overcome the problem of workers having nowhere in town where they can park all day the off-street council Eastern and Southern car parks will revert to

18 February 2016

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Big beautiful surprise lunch

Excitement will be high around alfresco lunch tables in the central city on Friday as bidders compete for hampers to find out what they will eat for lunch.

This is a big week in Hastings as its annual art deco celebrations kick off.

17 February 2016

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Kids big on into city cycle

It was all hands to the pump this morning as many hundreds of school children biked in all the way from suburbs around Hastings and were rewarded with a great breakfast.

Twenty kilograms of bacon 30 loaves of bread 300 half muffins and a

12 February 2016

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Park's annual bejewelling

Red yellow and green lights will sparkle through the Osmanthus Gardens in Cornwall Park Hastings for nine days from February 24.

Hastings District Council's International Advisory Group chairman Kevi

12 February 2016

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Facelift for starring art work

It is only to be expected that at nearly 60 years of age a starring piece of art work in our Hastings War Memorial Library needs a checkup (and possibly a touch up) every now and again.

The famous war mural in the Hall of Memories at the li

12 February 2016

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Get on your bike

February is national Bikewise Month; a great time to leave your car at home and ride to work.

Bike Wise Month includes the week-long Hawke's Bay Commuter Challenge which starts on Monday 15 February. The Challenge offers anyone who rides th

12 February 2016

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Call out for artists

More Hastings utility boxes are about to get prettier with the call going out for artists who want to help keep Hastings beautiful.

So far 20 boxes across the district having been covered with original art and 10 more will undergo facelifts

12 February 2016

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Waitangi Wahine on walls

Two powerful new exhibitions have been installed at the gallery to commemorate the 176th signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Emily Karaka's work Settlement and a group exhibition entitled Waitangi Wahin

12 February 2016

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Fresh air zones

Fresh air zones are about to popup all over Napier and Hastings after the two councils passed a joint Smokefree Policy in November.

Hastings District councillor Sandra Hazlehurst said the message is not anti-smoking rather it is

12 February 2016

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Hastings on the up

A big leap in retail spending in Hastings is very positive news for the district says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule.

In the three months to December spending in Hastings shops and eateries was up almost 20 per cent on the same period the year

3 February 2016

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Here comes The Big Easy

More than 2000 riders are expected to saddle up for annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke's Bay Trails this Easter.

Now in its fourth year The Big Easy is a 43km leisure ride on the flat mainly off-road Hawke's Bay Trails with riders

2 February 2016

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Kapa haka on Waitangi Day

The Waitangi Day The 'Big 9' event with sports arts food and music is on this Saturday ? and it is going to be huge.

The event one of the biggest Waitangi Day celebrations in New Zealand is

2 February 2016

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Kapa haka on Waitangi Day

The Waitangi Day The 'Big 9' event with sports arts food and music is on this Saturday ? and it is going to be huge.

The event one of the biggest Waitangi Day celebrations in New Zealand is

2 February 2016

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Fire risk still high

Despite the rain of the last few days fire restrictions remain in force throughout Hawke's Bay.

While tropical cyclone Victor has provided some short term relief from the El Nino dry spell that the Bay has been experiencing the risks are s

2 February 2016

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Water calls genuine after all

"Bogus" phone calls that prompted council warning turned out to be genuine.

A day after warning residents to be wary of bogus phone calls about water tests the Hawke's Bay Regional Council has said they were genuine after all.

On W

22 January 2016

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Holistic health for your pets

Our pets often have a very special place in the family but unlike other family members they can't simply tell us when they are not well.

To help us to know when they need help internationally acclaimed Holistic Veterinarian and best-sellin

21 January 2016

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Water testers bogus

Hawke's Bay Regional Council is concerned for the security of local homeowners.

The regional councilhas this week received calls from residents of Napier and Hastings properties questioning whether staff are making appointments for wa

20 January 2016

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Obstacle race comes to the city

Albert Square in Hastings will reverberate to the sound of laughter this Sunday as the Aspyre Urban Obstacle race comes to the city.

The inaugural event will see participants go under things over things jump balance and carry things clim

19 January 2016

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Community invited to discuss future of Lions Community Park

A community BBQ is to be held at the Windsor Park Lions playground in Parkvale this Thursday where the public will be invited to give their views on how to keep the area safe for all to use.

A replica of the iconic pirate ship that was destr

19 January 2016

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Breakfast for Go by Bikers

Cyclists are being encouraged to attend the annual Go by Bike Breakfast to be held in Hastings Central Mall on Wednesday 10th February.

The breakfast is part of Go by Bike Day a national event held in February every year where people switc

15 January 2016

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The day the ground shook

One minute of violent shaking that changed the face of Hawke's Bay will be remembered in Hastings next month.

A service to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Hawke's Bay Earthquake will be held at the Hastings Clock Tower at 10.23am

15 January 2016

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Decision time for opera house

The strengthening of the Hawke's Bay Opera House will be the first and vital plank

18 December 2015

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Please flatten and squash

As the summer crowds flood into Hastings particularly the beach areas council is asking people to flatten their cardboard and squash their plastic bottles and tin cans before putting them into recycling facilities.sp

16 December 2015

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Awesome Cornwall Park carols

The sun came out in time for Christmas in Cornwall Park on Sunday with several thousand turning up for kids' games to have their photo taken with Santa to enjoy music and of course to sing carols.

The expanded children's play area w

14 December 2015

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Don't pour paint down the drain

With summer holidays approaching homeowners doing a spot of DIY can avoid causing an environmental disaster by not pouring paint or other solvents down stormwater drains.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council Napier City Council and Hastings Distr

11 December 2015

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It's dry; permits for fires

The combination of low rainfall and wind has dried the region out to the point where fire risk has escalated says Hastings principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell.

A restricted fire season was brought in this week (December 7).

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10 December 2015

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Happy tots at Splash

Two down and two to go: And Splash Planet's Lots and Lots for your Tots toddlers' programmes is proving hugely popular with the under 5s.

More than 100 littlies with their mums grandparents and friends turned up for yesterday's Mad Hat

3 December 2015

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All dressed up for Christmas

Santa has taken up residence in Hastings in a fantastic festive wonderland

2 December 2015

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Payne permanently managing

The man who has been driving change at the Hastings District Council's Animal Management Centre over the last year has been appointed as the new permanent manager.

John Payne was contracted by council in 2014 to report on the state of the f

1 December 2015

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Clive bridge a tv star

The Clive bridge cycleway with its footpath made from 4.2 million recycled plastic bags has made national news this week cited as an example of just what can be done with discarded plastic bags.

And there should be a lot more happening in

1 December 2015

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Razor sharp fundraiser

Both hair and cash were flying on Wednesday (Nov 26) as the Hastings City Assist guys had their beards shaved off in public.

It ended seven months of hairy growth by Chris Bartlett BJ Pui James Haronga and Mike Godinet ? all in aid of ra

30 November 2015

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Heritage crucial: Lunday

Keeping the opera house is a no-brainer

27 November 2015

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Fresh look for HN Library

It is the Havelock North Library's turn for a revamp with plans being drawn up over the next few months.

How best to lay the building out in relation to how the library is used both now and into the future is the focus

26 November 2015

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Posters a work of art

Beautifully drawn posters selling the dream

25 November 2015

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New plan for Clive

The Clive Community Group is inviting Clive residents to a meeting next Monday to discuss where to from here

24 November 2015

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Prepared for emergencies

The Me Noho Takat

23 November 2015

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Vaccinate dogs against parvo

As the weather warms up the risk of dogs contracting the extremely dangerous and highly contagious parvovirus increases.

Animal welfare and management services across Napier and Hastings had noted increases in incidents of the virus in their

19 November 2015

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Cultural heart to be unveiled

Concepts for the future of the Hawke's Bay Opera House the Municipal Buildings and Civic Square will get their first public airing in six weeks' time.

The concepts represent the culmination of five months of work by the Independent Work

16 November 2015

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Images of war built on words



Words written in wartime 100 years ago are the seeds that have grown into the exhibition Word and Deed in which three Hawke's Bay artists illistrate the futility of war both for the fighting forces and their horses.

The a

16 November 2015

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Splash Planet open this Monday!

The pools are full; the annualpainting marathon has been completed; the cafǸ food has beenordered; the gardener hasput thefinal touches to the gardens ? and the staff has mushroomed from five to 80.

It is almost tim

11 November 2015

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Fireworks safety for pets

Take special care of your pets this week - especially over the coming weekend. It is that time of the year when special care needs to be taken of animals - Guy Fawke's Night.

A dog's hearing is much more acute than a humans and the loud exp

6 November 2015

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Got unwanted hazardous trash?

Storing chemicals is potentially dangerous and an unnecessary risk if you don't need them anymore. To help residents who need to get rid of such things the Napier and Hastings councils run a hazardous waste collection service once a year with Hawke

6 November 2015

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River back where it belongs

It has taken 50 years but finally the Waingongoro River once again flows past the Waimarama Marae restoring the life force to the hapu.

A ceremony to mark the occasion was held on Saturday (October 31).

It was the culmination of a

6 November 2015

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Free parks go down a treat

The free parking trial has started off with a hiss and a roar with by far the vast majority of comments on Hastings District Council's Facebook page backing the initiative.

Stories on the new coin-free parking had reached more than 10000

3 November 2015

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Marae upgrade a partnership deal



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3 November 2015

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Bring out your volunteers

The district's volunteering heroes will be recognised in the 2016 Civic Honours Awards.

Nominations for the awards opened on Tuesday (October 27).

Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule says volunteers are the oil that keeps society runn

30 October 2015

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Top award for Iona centre

A Havelock North building has scored the top prize in the annual New Zealand Architecture Awards.

The designer of Iona College's new Blyth Performing Arts Centre Stevens Lawson Architects was presented with the 2015 New Zealand Architectu

30 October 2015

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It's all on in the village

A bumper crop of activities in Havelock North this weekend will see the village buzzing.

There will be lots of people about and a couple of road closures so residents and visitors to the Village are asked to be patient and plan their journey

29 October 2015

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Rugby live site in Hastings

On Sunday morning (November 1) the All Blacks take on the Wallabies for the right to be crowned rugby world champions.

Focal Point Cinema is playing the match on its giant screen so thepublic can enjoy the actionin high definition

28 October 2015

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A round of applause for these boys

Taini Wright lay on her front steps with a badly broken arm and bruised face and hoped someone would help her.

As she called out for help two youngsters biking to Karamu High School heard her cries for help threw down their bikes and rushed

28 October 2015

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Beardies near ready for shearing

It is almost show time. Hastings City Assist chaps are growing their beards just as fast as they can before the Great Shave Off at the end of November.

Their efforts are for a good cause ? raising funds for the Child Cancer Foundation. They

28 October 2015

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Free city parking on way

Since November 1 parking has beenfree in Hastings city centre. The trial isfor four months ? but there are still be time limits.

Work on revitalising and invigorating the central city is firmly on the agenda of Hastings District

27 October 2015

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Waimarama all shaken up

The 26 primary school children who make up the entire roll of tiny Waimarama School were among the more than 50000 Hawke's Bay residents who took part in Thursday's ShakeOut.

And those pupils took it very seriously; dropping covering an

16 October 2015

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Have a say on Te Mata Peak plan

A big yellow container is going to be parked on Hastings' beloved Te Mata Peak this weekend ? but don't worry it won't be there for very long.

A long term vision for Te Mata Peak is on the drawing board and the Te Mata Park Trust is

15 October 2015

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No more coins for meters

From November 1 parking will be free in Hastings city centre for four months ? but there will still be time limits.

Work on revitalising and invigorating the central city is firmly on the agenda of Hastings District Council and the Hastings

14 October 2015

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Headlock on A&P stage

Four teens planning to make music a big part of their careers have got off to a good start.

Headlock - Tom Smith and Liam Phelan both 15 and Matt Nisbet and Hugh McKendery (both 16) - will play on the

13 October 2015

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Headlock on A&P stage

Four teens planning to make music a big part of their careers have got off to a good start.

Headlock - Tom Smith and Liam Phelan both 15 and Matt Nisbet and Hugh McKendery (both 16) - will play on the

13 October 2015

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Illegal tradies face court action

Two Havelock North men have been convicted and fined for carrying out sanitary plumbing and drainlaying work without authorisation.

The combined fine imposed on the men by Judge Courtney in the Hastings District Court last Tuesday (October 6)

13 October 2015

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Ride on recycled plastic bags

Another link in the Hawke's Bay cycle path chain was officially opened on Friday (October 9); this time a state-of-the-art cycle lane clipped onto the side of the Clive River Bridge.

With a deck made of recycled plastic bags and LED lights

12 October 2015

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Fire season coming up - be careful

In the drought of 1997/98 fires covering more than 1000 hectares were fought by the East Coast rural fire brigades.

This year's summer weather is forecast to match those levels but it is hoped care and vigilance will mean the region does n

9 October 2015

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Arts Festival: Shows selling fast

Arts' lovers won't want to miss out on tickets for the Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival opening onOctober 27. With nine shows having sold out and others nearing full capacity event organisers say they are delighted with the response to

8 October 2015

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Art for Opera House birthday

Magnificent art celebrating the 100th birthday of the Hawke's Bay Opera House is about to be installed on the fence outside the Grand Old Lady.

A family-focused celebration with an early 1900s theme and the unveiling of the art will be held

6 October 2015

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No more chlorine in water

No further chlorine is being added to the Havelock North water supply after tests for contamination came back clear.

Yesterday (October 5) when chlorine dosing stopped council said it could take a couple of days for the taste of the chlorin

6 October 2015

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New Clive clip-on state-of-the-art

The new Clive cycle and walkway with its ultra-modern eco-friendly plastic footpath and state-of-the-art lighting is finished and a ceremony to officially open it will be held on Friday [October 9].

The $650000 project replaced the old narro

2 October 2015

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Water treated with chlorine

The Havelock North water supply is being temporarily treated with chlorine after traces of contamination were found during routine testing yesterday.

Council wanted to alert Havelock North residents as soon as possible as it is aware the so

2 October 2015

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200-plus tyres cleared off Peak

It might have been pelting down but that did not stop 25 hardy souls taking up the Hastings District Ccouncil's call to help clean up Te Mata Peak on Sunday.

Council's environment enhancement officer and event organiser Wendy Beeke was v

23 September 2015

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The Great Local Band Competition

Bands who want their chance in the spotlight - and some cash - need to get a video together and get it up on-line before October 7.

A Hawke's Bay based-band will win a prize pack which includes being paid to play on stage at the A&amp;P Sho

21 September 2015

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Te Mata Peak Road closed

Te Mata Peak Road has reopened.

Te Mata Peak Road is temporarily closed (Monday 21st September)until a tree blocking the road is cleared.

It should reopen late this morning.

21 September 2015

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Nimon & Sons big tourism winner

Last night (Sept 17) close to 200 Hawke's Bay tourism providers and industry members gathered at East Pier Hotel for the fourth annual Hawke's Bay Tourism Industry Awards.

Hosted by Shane Cortese New Zealand actor singer and performer

18 September 2015

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New cremator going in

A new cremator is about to be installed at the Hawke's Bay ChapelandCrematorium. It will enable more cremations to occur and can readily accommodate larger people ? all part of improving the service offered for the region said cemeteries

18 September 2015

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The Great Peak Pick Up

Fit helpers are being asked to take their muscles enthusiasm warm clothes sturdy shoes and drinking water to Te Mata Peak on Sunday for the Great Peak Pick Up.

The last major clean up was done five years ago in 2010.

Hastings D

16 September 2015

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Exclusive exhibition for HCAG

Works by some of the most famous names in the New Zealand art world have been brought together for an upcoming exhibition that is exclusive to Hastings City Art Gallery.

Amongst them are pieces by the late Diggeress Te Kanawa widely regarded

10 September 2015

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Is a basic income the best medicine?

A basic income should be sufficient to enable everyone to fully participate in their community sayslife member of BIEN (Basic Income Earth Network)Lowell Manning.

Manningwill speak at Hastings War Memorial Library Monday

9 September 2015

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Five million see Hastings on TV

A television programme about Hastings was beamed out to more than five million viewers in China last week as the final preparations for the visit of Le Sha The Face in this year's The Amazing China Face Race were put into place.

And that

7 September 2015

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Money for waste planning

The pending decision on the future of waste disposal for Napier and Hastings has received a welcome boost with the announcement this week that $250000 from the Government's Waste Minimisation Fund is being invested in the Waste Futures project.

4 September 2015

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Report says officer not involved in dog injury

An extensive three day independent investigation shows that a Hastings District Council animal control officer could not have been involved

3 September 2015

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Jetstar picks the Bay

News Jetstar will be adding Hawke's Bay to its flight path has been welcomed by the region.

David Hall CEO of Jetstar New Zealand and Australia announced this morning that Hawke's Bay will be one of Jetstar's four new regional destinat

31 August 2015

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Hastings the Most Beautiful

It's official: Hastings is New Zealand's most beautiful city.

The Most Beautiful City award was announced today by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Mayor Lawrence Yule said it recognised the great deal of effort put in by organisatio

28 August 2015

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Size matters when it comes to rural recycling

Wanting to help more farmers move away from disposing of rubbish on their farms has led to some 'outside the square' thinking by Hastings District Council's waste minimisation team - and it is finding great favour with rural residents.

21 August 2015

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Vibrancy a must for central city

More people on the streets for longer with money in their pocket to spend in the shops are needed in Hastings city centre ? but just how that can be achieved is not so simple to work out.

Like urban centres across New Zealand Hastings is

17 August 2015

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Hundreds celebrating end of their primary school years

The inaugural Super Sixes will be a big send-off for up to 700 primary school children from across the North Island next month ? a last hurrah

6 August 2015

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Pottery; but not as you know it

Five ceramics artists have come together in the style of a 1980 ceramics exhibition that was hailed at the time as challenging the traditional art and craft divide.

Five by Five: New Conversations with Clay installed this week in the Hasting

5 August 2015

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Your home's history on-line

Until recently searching property records held by council could only be described as a tad laborious; now you could almost describe it as fun - and many thousands of people are using it.

In the past wanting to check the history of a property

5 August 2015

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Construction at the library

A new reception area being installed in the Hastings War Memorial Library this month will mean limited services are available for a few days.

The reduced hours will ensure public safety while the work is being done says Hastings District Cou

5 August 2015

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Dog registration due now

The first step to responsible dog ownership is registration.

If your dog is not currently wearing a yellow tag then it is unregistered.Anyone caught with an unregistered dog will be fined $300.If you have a dog in your possession even

29 July 2015

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A Poppy Place for a fallen soldier

A Havelock North man who died in his prime from war wounds and who is rumoured to have had a mystery woman in his life is the latest to have a poppy added to the street sign of the roadway named for him.

Nigel St named for Havelock North ma

20 July 2015

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Fence facelift

The opera house corner is about to get a funky do-up with a fence designed to display art being built over the next few weeks.

Top artists have agreed to provide the 10 works however their names cannot be released until final details are in

20 July 2015

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Splash Planet top of Kiwi fun

Hawke's Bay's water park has been recognised on the international stage.
Splash Planet was voted the sixth best water park in the South Pacific one spot down from their fifth placing in 2014.

The 2015 Tripadvisor travellers' choice aw

17 July 2015

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Snow closed roads

Tuesday update: The roads are openhowever the Taihape Road from the forestry camp to Kuripoponga Bridge has black ice in several places. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be aware of the raod surface conditions. The Napier Taupo

10 July 2015

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First kennels nearly there

The first stage of the kennel redevelopment at Hastings District Council's pound is all but finished.

The final coat of resin was applied to the floor last weekand the painters are back finish off with the kennel doors due to go in.

9 July 2015

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Earthquakes link Li Sha's home town to Hastings

The woman whose identity has been puzzling hundreds of students over the last few weeks is no shrinking violet ? with awards for rescuing the wounded in an 8.0 earthquake that killed 70000 and left another 18000 missing among them her mother and t

6 July 2015

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China Face Race every year?

The just completed Amazing China Face Race is being lauded as a great teaching tool

6 July 2015

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Opera house timeline

A timeline for decisions on the earthquake-prone Hawke's Bay Opera House has been announced.

Residents are expected to get their first look at possible options in about 10 weeks' time.

Those options are likely to be broader than

4 July 2015

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Art class for bereaved kids

The impetus for artist Deborah Smith putting her efforts into running free art classes for bereaved children was the death of her own father.

He was 42 when he died from melanoma; Smith was 18 and her siblings younger.

It was a very

3 July 2015

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John Brown exhibitied

The latest exhibition in the Hastings City Art Gallery No direct access to reality is a double whammy for artist John Brown.

Not only is he the creator of the artwork but in his relatively new position as the gallery's full-time display t

3 July 2015

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Butting out in bus stops?

Whether bus shelters parks playgrounds and sports fields should be smoke free is a question being put to Napier and Hastings residents from this week.

This month residents of both areas have the chance to let councils know if they support

1 July 2015

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Lightening up the park

The paths in Cornwall Park are about to be lightened up with some judicious thinning of the greenery.

Hastings District Council maintenance staff will start on the work this Thursday (July 2).

The native shrubs and trees in this

29 June 2015

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More paths for cycling

Hawke's Bay is already regarded as one of the best places in the country to cycle and its star is set to rise following the Government's announcement that more than 50km of cycle paths will be built as part of the Urban Cycleways Programme.

25 June 2015

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Chapel and Crematorium Open Day

A full range of artist's impressions and plans of the new Hawke's Bay chapel and crematorium will be on display next Saturday (July 4).

The open day at the Hawke's Bay Chapel and Crematorium will also give members of the public the ch

24 June 2015

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Li Sha discovered by Nesta Lade

The winner of The Amazing China Face Race has been revealed.

Nesta Lade 14 found and contacted the China Face

22 June 2015

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The bearded men

How low will they grow:Four burly men on the Hastings City Assist team are growing their beards for seven months ? then shavingthem off as part of the Child Cancer Foundation's annual fundrazor in support of the Child Cancer Foundation

19 June 2015

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Local Great: Kate MacKenzie

Kate MacKenzie has been named a Local Great receiving her accolade during Saturday night's Edible Fashion Awards.

The Local Great award is part of Hastings District Council's Great Things Grow Here

14 June 2015

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Celebrating success: Elise Legarth

Sprint kayaker Elise Legarth is determined to achieve her Olympic dreams in her chosen sport.

The problem is - as Hawke's Bay's national under-18 K1 500m kayaking champion has discovered - dreams do come at a price.

It is costing th

6 June 2015

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Water supply continues to improve

The Whirinaki water supply situation continues to improve with Hastings District Council staff advising yetserday that the reservoir was full.

That meant the area had three to four days of water supply at normal useage levels.

Staf

6 June 2015

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Esk and Whirinaki Water Supply Update

While it is looking increasingly likely that Whirinaki's water supply can go back to its usual bore source in the very near future we are continuing with our contingency plan of linking into an alternative supply.

On Sunday a resident not

3 June 2015

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Whirinaki residents rely on fresh water reservoir

Residents in Whirinaki [north of Hastings] are relying on a reservoir filled with fresh water after their bore supply water was affected by sea water.

Huge sea swells last week at a level not seen before by the residents were the cause sai

2 June 2015

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New home for rural fire fighters?

Rural fire volunteers could be housed in a fit-for-purpose building on Hastings Fire Station land in Maraekakaho Rd if investigations prove it feasible.

Hastings District Council under which the rural fire service runs voted on Tuesday (May

27 May 2015

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More poppies for street names

As children walk to school and adults rush to work or appointments it is easy to forget that some of the streets they travel are named for people whose contribution to their fellow man can only be described as heroic.

On Monday (May 25) the

22 May 2015

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Aqua Card: Save cash and stress

The new Aqua Card which gets swimmers into all four of Hastings District Council swimming pools is about making life easier and saving users money.

It works like a gift card: load it up with cash (you choose how much) then swipe it at the p

15 May 2015

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New trade graduates celebrate success

Developing hands-on experts in fields as diverse as carpentry to gas fitting and hairdressing to security services is every bit as important to society as having university graduates. Last week the achievements of trades achievers were acknowledged.p

14 May 2015

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A trade can take you everywhere

One cannot help but be impressed as Kay Deakin tells her career story; going from shy 16-year-old taking on a hairdressing apprenticeship against all advice to the employer of a team of 33 across three beauty salons.

The owner of Hawke's Ba

14 May 2015

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Hastings glows for Chinese visitors

A visit to Hastings by the mayor of a city in China that is home to seven million people has ended with the promise of meetings between business executives in both regions.

Hastings District Council hosted the mayor of Nanning city Zhou Hong

7 May 2015

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Inspirational Katie

There's very little lycra in sight no wall-to-ceiling mirrors - just ladies working up a sweat with wide smiles.
To one side an instructor checks her stop watch it's time to switch up the circuit - "five four three two one" she counts as t

5 May 2015

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Fighting fit at FlaXrock

About 150 people turned up to check out the Flaxmere Community Centre open day on Saturday ? with the gym proving a huge draw card.

The free have-a-go Family Bootcamps

5 May 2015

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Council staff top performers

Top honours

The East Coast branch of the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand featuring a predominance of Hastings District Council building officers has won the industry's pinnacle award

30 April 2015

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Massive turnout to remember soldiers' sacrifice

An eerie fog blanketed the central city for Hastings' ANZAC Day dawn service on Saturday.

In the inky black of 5.20amthe parade led by Light Armoured Vehicles followed by scores of returned servicemen and their families left the clo

28 April 2015

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The man behind the statue

A bronze statue of Major General Sir Andrew Russell one of Hawke's Bay's most decorated sons now officially resides on Russell St after a formal dedication on ANZAC Day.

Andrew Hamilton Russell known to his family and friends asGuy

28 April 2015

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Plans for pirate ship replacement

The old pirate ship at Splash Planet destroyed by fire this month could be replaced in time for the 2016 summer season.

Splash Planet Manager Peran Hutchings said the hunt was on for potentialreplacement play features with a report o

23 April 2015

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Free have a go at FlaXrock Gym

Explode and seido karate are in the fitness mix in Flaxmere and as the suburb's community centre and gym reach a year old more classes are about to be added.

Community centre-run self defence and hip hop classes will start mid-May and hip

21 April 2015

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ANZAC open hours

Find out what council facilities and services are open over this ANZAC weekend.

Hastings District Council office


Closed


Animal Welfare Centre


Saturday25April - open 1

21 April 2015

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High achiever gets just reward

A new award celebrating leadership added to the annual Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards this year has been won by Justine Kidd.

Sponsored by Hastings District Council the new Primary Industry Leader of the Year award celebrated innov

17 April 2015

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Letters from the war - ANZAC Day 2015

Havelock North performance artist David Guerin has spent much of the last year consumed by the war time experiences of Alfred Owen Wilkinson who fought at Gallipoli Passchendaele and the Battle of Somme.

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15 April 2015

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Safer cycling for Clive Bridge SH2

Work has just begun on the State Highway 2 Clive Bridge to make crossings safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Hastings District Council Transportation Manager Jag Pannu says the current narrow uneven c

14 April 2015

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Restricted fire season

The Hastings District has moved to an OPEN FIRE SEASON as of 8am Monday 7th April 2015.

This does not apply to Hawke's Bay beaches and those fire areas administered by the Department of Conservation or Bay Forests Rural Fire District. Permi

8 April 2015

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Easter open hours

Be sure to check which council facilities are open and closed during the Easter break in 2015.

Hastings District Council office

Closed

Animal Welfare Centre


Good Friday -closed
Saturd

27 March 2015

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Another new park for Havelock North

Hastings District Council is unveiling three new places to play in Havelock North in April.

First out of the blocks is Romanes Park which will be officially opened at 10am on 12 April by Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule.

This three hec

27 March 2015

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Heretaunga Women's Centre at the Hastings Women's Rest building re-opens on Monday

The Heretaunga Women's Centre at the Hastings Women's Rest building re-opens on Monday after a major renovation. The Centre will once again be a vibrant community hub for local women.

The Hastings District Council the Heretaunga Women'

26 March 2015

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Art for the people to the people and with the people

The new Hastings City Art Gallery Director Toni MacKinnon wants to bring the community into the gallery and take some of the gallery's art artists and staff out into the community.

Buildings can b

25 March 2015

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Chlorine added to Whirinaki water supply

Routine sampling has identified low levels of bacterial contamination in the Whirinaki water supply. As a precaution the supply is being chlorinated and residents may notice a chlorine taste or smell in their water over the next few days.

20 March 2015

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Fire restrictions and water restrictions update

Fire restrictions in the Hastings district remain in place despite the recent rain.

Hastings District Council Principal Rural Fire Office Trevor Mitchell said We have reassessed the fire risk following the passing of Cyclone Pam. Regional

18 March 2015

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Household Food Waste - the Invisible Scandal

At first glance it looks like perfectly edible food straight from the supermarket. Instead it's perfectly edible food straight out of household rubbish bins.

A recent study reveals that every year the

12 March 2015

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Shaolin Monks a hit!

The Shaolin Monks from China performed to a 'sell out' crowd last night at the Hastings Sports Centre

A free proudly Hastings District event crowds were wooed by the Shaolin Monks athletic

12 March 2015

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Children's Day and cricket at Farmers' Market

Hastings District Council and the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market are teaming up to celebrate Children's Day and Cricket World Cup this Sunday 1 March.

Backyard cricket and 'bat down' will feature at the Farmers' Market at the Hawke

27 February 2015

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Cricket food and entertainment combine at International Cultures Day

World Cup Cricket and culture will combine in Cornwall Park Hastings on International Cultures Day.

The first of three world cup matches to be played at McLean Park takes place on Sunday 8th March and features the Black Caps and Afghanistan.

27 February 2015

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New appliance for Hastings Rural Fire Force

Hastings District Council's Rural Fire Force has taken delivery of a new appliance.

The new appliance will be located at Matapiro and replaces their large tanker which will be relocated to Haumoana

Principal Rural Fire Officer Tr

25 February 2015

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Chlorine added to Whirinaki water supply

Routine sampling has identified low levels of bacterial contamination in the Whirinaki water supply. As a precaution the supply is being chlorinated and residents may notice a chlorine taste or smell in their water over the next few days.

24 February 2015

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Kung fu fighting monks to perform in Hastings

A group of kung fu fighting monks is to perform a free concert in Hastings on Wednesday 11 March

The monks hail from the Shaolin Monastery the most famous temple in China. Shaolin is one of the four holy Buddhist temples of China and in addi

24 February 2015

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Hastings Remembers: WW100 Commemorations

Civic Square will be the focal point for ANZAC Day services in the Hastings District this year. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign and the forging of the greatly admired ANZAC spirit.

Hastings Deputy Mayor

20 February 2015

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More Chorus roadside cabinets to have a brighter look

Ten more Chorus roadside cabinets are to be included in a second cabinet art painting project in Hastings.

The Chorus mural painting programme began in Auckland in 2010 and has since been extended tomany towns and cities around New Zeal

19 February 2015

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Hastings welcomes 25 new citizens

Hastings will welcome 25 new New Zealanders at a citizenship ceremony to be held Wednesday 18th February from 6 pm in the Hastings District Council Chambers.

The candidates' nationalities are as follows:

Samoan

16 February 2015

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Johnny Enzed the NZ soldier of the First World War 1914-15

Professor Glyn Harper will share insights into the New Zealand soldier in World War One at the Hastings War Memorial Library on Wednesday 4th March at 6pm.

A well-known military historian and Massey University Professor of War Studies Harper

12 February 2015

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The Nappy Lady returns to Hastings

The Nappy Lady will return to Hastings to hold two workshops next week.

Waste Minimisation Planner Angela Atkins says The Nappy Lady has proved very popular each time she has visited Hastings. These two workshops will be fun and entertaini

11 February 2015

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Waitangi Day open hours

Check out our open hours for Waitangi Day Friday 6 February 2015.

Rubbish and recycling collections

There is no change to rubbish and recycling collections.

Refuse Transfer Stations will be open Friday 6 Feb

30 January 2015

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Go By Bike Breakfast returns to Hastings CBD

One of the features of National Bike Wise month the Go By Bike Breakfast is set to return to Hastings CBD.

The Hastings District Council organised event offers cyclists the chance to have breakfast on their daily commute to school or work.

27 January 2015

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Hastings District Council supports the inaugural Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader award

Hastings District Council supports the inaugural Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader award as part of the Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards.

The Hawke's Bay A&amp;P Society is delighted to announce the Hastings Distr

26 January 2015

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Earthquake commemoration service in Hastings CBD

The events of the day that 'changed Hawke's Bay forever' will be remembered in Hastings CBD next Tuesday (3rd February).

The commemoration service for the 84rd anniversary of the Hawke's Bay earthquake will begin in the Central Mall i

26 January 2015

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Hastings residents urged to continue water conservation efforts

Hastings District Council is urging residents to step up their water conservation efforts.

Councillor Tania Kerr says If we don't get rainfall soon some river flows will fall to critical levels so it is now extremely important that eve

23 January 2015

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Applications open for contestable grants funding

Hastings District Council welcomes applications from community organisations for funding from the Contestable Grants Fund.

The fund aims to establish or develop community services or projects. Council has allocated $297000 in 2015 to the con

22 January 2015

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Public invited to Maraetotara Falls cleanup

The public is invited to join Hastings District Council's Keep Hastings Beautiful team in cleaning up the area surrounding Maraetotara Falls this Friday.
Hastings Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers says This is a most amazing part of Hawke's Ba

21 January 2015

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Nominations open for 2015 Hastings Youth Councillors

Hastings District Council is seeking nominations from young people who would like to become part of the Youth Council.
Mayor Lawrence Yule says Becoming a Youth Councillor offers young people hands on experience in decision making and

20 January 2015

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Call for further nominations for Hastings Civic Honours awards

Hastings District Council is encouraging residents to consider placing a nomination for the 2015 Civic Honours Awards.
The awards recognise an individual group or voluntary organisation that has contributed significantly to the Hastings commun

19 January 2015

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Watering restrictions implemented in Hastings District

Second level water restrictions have been put in place in the Hastings District.
From this morning (Tuesday 13th January 2015) the use of hoses and sprinklers for watering lawns and gardens will only be allowed between the hours of 6am and 8am

13 January 2015

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