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Christmas and New Year 2018/2019 Open Hours

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

14 December 2018

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Christmas

Clive School students rewarded for Moving It

An inter-school competition designed to encourage children to be more active has had a successful first year, with Clive School announced the inaugural winner.

14 December 2018

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Move It winners

Clifton sea wall works will pause for Christmas

The Clifton sea wall construction is nearly complete, but work will be paused over the busy Christmas and New Year period.

14 December 2018

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High interest in Cornwall Park consultation event

A large number of people took the opportunity to share their views about the future of Cornwall Park at an information and feedback event held at the park last Saturday.

12 December 2018

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Long-time rural community board chair stands down

Long-time Hastings District Council rural community board member Peter Kay was farewelled by the council last week, having tendered his resignation at the end of October.

11 December 2018

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Peter Kay

Council seeks to remediate remainder of Craggy Range Track

To secure a way forward for the future of the eastern face of Te Mata o te Tipuna, the Hastings District Council is seeking a resource consent to remediate the remaining section of the Craggy Range Track.

7 December 2018

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Feedback wanted on Flaxmere facilities

What would you like Flaxmere’s community centre, library and pool complex to look like?

6 December 2018

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Flaxmere Feedback Boxes

Cool dogs not Hot Dogs

Here are some top tips on how to have the ‘coolest’ dog in town this summer.

1 December 2018

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Vision for Cornwall Park ready for feedback

The community is being asked to have its say on the future of Cornwall Park with the release of the draft park management plan this week.

30 November 2018

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Cornwall Park media

Pooches on the loose

The Hastings animal welfare centre is overflowing with dogs at the moment with officers reporting higher numbers than usual wandering the streets.

28 November 2018

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Earthworks begin on plaza rebuild

The diggers are in among other activity underway at the Plaza building as the first stage of its reconstruction begins.

27 November 2018

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Progress highlighted in Annual Report

The Hastings District Council’s annual report for 2017/18 has been adopted and outlines a period of high activity with a number of major projects and developments across the district getting underway.

26 November 2018

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Incident Management Centre build underway

Work has begun on the construction of the Incident Management Centre on Lyndon Road East to house the regional Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

23 November 2018

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Council welcomes Government's three waters review

The Government’s Three Waters review is being welcomed by the Hastings District Council, which is well on its way to achieving many of the review’s aims already.

21 November 2018

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Open Day at wastewater treatment plant

The annual East Clive wastewater treatment plant open day is being held this Saturday – a chance to find out how the plant works and how it’s been performing over the last year.

20 November 2018

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Fire won’t hamper Opera House development

Although the fire at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House on Sunday night caused some damage that will need cleaning up, the earthquake strengthening project will still be completed on time and on budget.

20 November 2018

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Final stages of pipe project, temporary bridge closure

The Crosses Rd bridge is to be closed for one day next week as part of the final stages of the Hastings to Havelock North water main project.

16 November 2018

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Transition to new Whakatū Arterial Link begins

Work on the Whakatū Arterial Link is now 95 per cent complete, with traffic due to be redirected onto the new Pākōwhai roundabout to access Whakatū Rd as of Monday, November 19.

15 November 2018

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Progress steady on Police headquarters build

Another milestone has been reached on the construction of the Eastern District Police headquarters in Hastings with the arrival of the first load of steel beams, and core braces installed on site over the last two weeks.

13 November 2018

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Celebration of Armistice Day in Hastings

This year’s Armistice centenary will be marked in Hastings this Sunday, November 11, with a celebration at the town clock in the city centre.

9 November 2018

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Hastings’ outdoor pools opening for summer

It’s time to break out the togs – all Hastings’ outdoor pools will be open on Monday.

9 November 2018

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Mural a bright backdrop to village playground

Colour is the outstanding feature of artist Brandon Blair’s murals and it’s been used to striking effect in his recently completed artwork on the wall bordering the Havelock North village pool.

9 November 2018

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Petal Power gardening winner inspires neighbours

The winner of this year’s Petal Power gardening competition is a keen gardener whose passion for growing plants has spread to his neighbours, adding onto the beautiful garden space he has created.

9 November 2018

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Grants help Hastings youth achieve their dreams

This year’s annual youth grant funding round has seen 10 young individuals and a basketball team receive financial support to help them achieve their dreams.

6 November 2018

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Youth grants awarded

New Chief Executive appointed

Hastings District Council is delighted to announce the appointment of To’osavili Nigel Bickle as its new Chief Executive.

6 November 2018

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Chance to talk roses and more on Rose Sunday

The Frimley Park rose gardens are abloom, and to celebrate the occasion Rose Sunday will be taking place on Sunday, November 11.

6 November 2018

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Workshops teach cycle safety on the roads

About 60 students from Flaxmere College got the chance to hop in the bus driver’s seat recently for a first-hand view of how to stay safe on their bikes when cycling around town.

5 November 2018

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Talent shines through at chess competition

The final Hawke’s Bay district’s school students’ chess tournament for the year was held last week, attracting the most participants seen at the annual competition for the last three years.

5 November 2018

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Hazmobile collection planned for next year

The annual Hazmobile collection has been delayed this year and residents are being reminded to store their hazardous materials safely, or use alternative options if they are wanting to dispose of them sooner.

2 November 2018

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Water conservation campaign begins

With summer approaching a new campaign is being launched to encourage people to take extra care not to waste water in the hot, probably dry, months ahead.

1 November 2018

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Murals make their mark on Hastings walls

The magic of Hawke’s Bay’s environment, culture, people and places has been captured in two stunning murals that have transformed walls in Hastings and Havelock North.

1 November 2018

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Retail spending still strong in Hastings district

The strong growth trend in retail spending in the Hastings district continues, according to figures released in the latest Marketview quarterly report.

30 October 2018

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Recognition for Flaxmere’s notable achievers

Flaxmere’s high achievers have been recognised with the reinstatement of the Flaxmere Heroes Board at a celebration this week.

26 October 2018

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New report prompts emergency action on unsafe Craggy Range track

A new report from independent safety experts has prompted urgent action from Hastings District Council.

25 October 2018

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Splash pads open, Flaxmere playground upgrade delayed

It’s nearly summer and with the warmer weather upon us the district’s splash pads are up and running to keep cool over the months ahead.

24 October 2018

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Public workshop seeks ideas for Flaxmere Community Centre

The Flaxmere Community Centre, library and pool complex sit at the heart of the Hastings suburb, and an upcoming workshop will give people the opportunity to share their ideas for the future of these facilities.

18 October 2018

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Progress continues on inner-city laneway

A new “laneway” in the central city moved a step closer to completion this week when a large steel frame canopy was installed to the facade of a former art deco-style building at 325 Heretaunga St West.

18 October 2018

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New trees planted on Napier Road

With the roadworks in Napier Road nearly complete, a number of people gathered today to plant 21 new trees along the central median strip.

17 October 2018

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Petal Power brings people together

An initiative to get people into their gardens and proud of where they live has had great buy-in with up to 100 entries received for the Hastings District Council Petal Power competition.

16 October 2018

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Council approves Municipal Building earthquake strengthening

The Municipal Building is to undergo earthquake strengthening work following a recent council decision to approve the works at a cost of $8.8 million, as part of the process of redeveloping the wider arts precinct.

15 October 2018

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Municipal Buildings

Minister praises council youth employment programme

The ongoing success of the Hastings District Council’s youth employment programme was praised by Social Development and Disability Issues Minister Carmel Sepuloni when she stopped in for a short visit to council on Wednesday morning this week.

11 October 2018

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Ticket prices drop for this year’s Royal A & P Show

Ticket prices to the Royal A & P Show that starts on Wednesday next week have tumbled thanks to a new partnership with the Hastings District Council.

9 October 2018

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City Assist celebrates its fifth birthday

When it began, the Hastings District Council’s City Assist programme was little more than an idea - inspired by a similar initiative that was being run in Rotorua.

8 October 2018

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A tale of three Elizabeths

Hastings resident Elizabeth Beall is still on cloud nine after a spontaneous letter she penned to Queen Elizabeth received a response from Balmoral Castle.

4 October 2018

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Plaza rebuild close to starting

Work on the construction of the new fully enclosed Plaza building is set to start before Christmas with the final design now completed and all consents close to being granted.

3 October 2018

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Playground upgrades coming thick and fast

The Hugh Little Park playground in Flaxmere has been upgraded and was officially opened to a large crowd of children and adults on Friday last week.

2 October 2018

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Students dig in at Tainui Reserve planting day

The ongoing beautification of Havelock North’s Tainui Reserve was boosted recently when a group of Iona College students donned their gardening gear to plant about 350 native shrubs and trees at the 17ha reserve.

1 October 2018

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Iona College Tainui Reserve

Symposium explores opportunities for youth employment

With an ageing population the future of the district’s workforce lies with its young people and an upcoming symposium will bring potential employees and employers together to explore how to make the most of the opportunities this brings.

28 September 2018

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Hastings parks and open spaces to come under new management

The care and management of Hastings district’s parks and other open spaces is to be outsourced to experienced parks specialist maintenance company, Recreational Services.

28 September 2018

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Classes a chance to exercise and socialise

Since they first started about three weeks ago the strength and balance and badminton programmes run at Flaxmere Community Centre have grown in popularity, both for their physical benefits as well as social ones.

27 September 2018

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Flaxmere fitness classes

EAST 2018 makes debut in Wairoa

For the first time since its inception EAST 2018 is extending to Wairoa, with a free screening of art films by contemporary artist Joyce Campbell.

26 September 2018

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Sustainable Backyards programme coming to Hawke’s Bay

In recognition that more people than ever before are searching for better ways to connect with their communities and the environment, the Environment Centre will be running a Sustainable Backyards programme over the month of November this year.

21 September 2018

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Children showcase violin and cello skills at free concert

For two and a half years the Orokohanga Music Trust has been offering free musical training to two Hastings primary schools and the results of this year’s efforts will be showcased at a free public concert next week.

21 September 2018

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Ebbett Park School students

Councils adopt plan for future waste minimisation and management

Expect to see some exciting changes in waste management and minimisation in Hawke’s Bay over the next few years.

18 September 2018

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Village community spirit celebrated

About 230 people attended the 20th birthday celebrations at the Havelock North Function Centre yesterday – a chance to acknowledge the contribution of the community that fundraised for the facility to be built.

17 September 2018

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More residential land freed up in Havelock North

More than 390 additional homes will be possible in Havelock North following the Environment Minister’s approval of a variation to the Hastings District Plan to rezone the land for residential purposes.

13 September 2018

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Focus on Hastings city vibrancy

As part of its commitment to creating a vibrant Hastings CBD, the Hastings District Council is about to seek the views of targeted inner city business and property owners on whether or not they would like to develop a new framework to deliver marketing promotion initiatives on their behalf.

12 September 2018

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Progress continues for Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub

Sapere Research Group has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study and business case for the creation of a Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub.

10 September 2018

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Blessing of harakeke at Te Awa o Te Atua Reserve

A collection of harakeke planted at Te Awa o Te Atua Reserve was this morning blessed to mark the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

10 September 2018

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Slips and floods across the road network

Road crews are on their third day of clean up in Hastings as the rain continues to fall in Hawke's Bay.

7 September 2018

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Te Mata Project Team on Track

Consultants working as part of the Te Mata Project Team are nearing completion of the first stage of the three-phase process being used to find a suitable option for the walking track on the eastern side of Te Mata Peak.

5 September 2018

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Te Mata Project Team

Great things growing in Havelock North

A community garden and adjoining recreational space at Anderson Park in Havelock North will soon become more family friendly with the installation of a place to shelter for visitors to the area.

4 September 2018

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Council reaching out to connect with communities

Ensuring Hastings is a network of thriving, safe, enjoyable communities is important to everyone who lives in the district, and is something the Hastings District Council has always supported.

31 August 2018

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Funding supports expansion of Project Prima Volta

Since it started just over five years ago, more than 160 teenagers have benefitted from the Project Prima Volta (PPV) music programme, with plans afoot to expand it to include younger, primary school students as well.

29 August 2018

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Supporting tamariki to walk tall and proud

A grant from the Hastings District Council’s contestable grants fund is a big boost to Inspire in Education’s aims to help young Māori learners achieve success, says the charitable trust’s founder and general manager Conrad Waitoa.

28 August 2018

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Summer holiday fun in store at Flaxmere Park playground

The Flaxmere Park playground upgrade is coming along nicely, with most of the play equipment purchased and groundworks set to start on Monday next week.

23 August 2018

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Flaxmere Playground design

Top teams battle it out at annual chess tournament

The Hasting Sports Centre was a scene of intense concentration on Friday last week (August 17) when the Hawke’s Bay Districts Interschool Teams Chess Tournament was held.

20 August 2018

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New-look car for City Assist

The City Assist programme increased its visibility this month with the launch of new, colourful branding for the team’s vehicle that’s used across the Hastings district.

20 August 2018

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City Assist Car

Are the Te Mata Park loos the best in the land?

The finalists for the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards 2018 have just been released and the Hastings District Council is proud to announce that it’s a finalist for the Best Loo Award.

17 August 2018

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Te Mata Peak Toilet

Feedback sought on Municipal Buildings design concept

A major milestone has been reached for the redevelopment of the iconic Municipal Buildings with a concept design developed to achieve the vision of an arts precinct in the heart of Hastings city.

16 August 2018

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Two years on - good progress being made on water strategy

Two years on from the unprecedented Havelock North water contamination event the Hastings District Council has taken on board the learnings from the Government water inquiry and made the delivery of safe water a top priority.

15 August 2018

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The Dome has landed

A unique venue resembling something from a science fiction movie has popped up in the Hastings CBD this week and will host a number of events in coming days.

15 August 2018

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Support for Mana in Mahi.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst welcomes the Government’s announcement for the Mana in Mahi – a new initiative to support growing a skilled workforce.

13 August 2018

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Clifton sea wall will protect precious coastline

A sea wall to protect the Clifton coastline is close to being a reality, aimed at safeguarding public access to the Clifton boat ramp, the camping ground and the gateway to Cape Kidnappers, one of the region’s prime tourist destinations.

10 August 2018

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Clifton Sea Wall

Progress being made to bring Hastings city centre alive

The vision to make Hastings’ city centre a vibrant place to live, work and play came a step closer yesterday with a proposal to make it easier for people to convert inner city buildings for residential use.

10 August 2018

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Bikes restored to former glory by Hastings MenzShed

Since they opened their doors two years ago members of the Hastings MenzShed have restored a multitude of broken down bikes, getting them back on the road rather than consigning them to the scrap heap.

8 August 2018

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Rich history revealed along trail

The area between the Tukituki River mouth and Clifton has a rich history that’s set to come alive through the creation of the Te Matau a Maui Arts & Heritage Trail.

6 August 2018

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Council representation arrangements confirmed for 2019

Aside from some minor boundary adjustments, Hastings District Council’s representation arrangements are unchanged for the local body elections in 2019.

3 August 2018

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Traffic flowing through new roundabout

Construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Nelson and Eastbourne streets is now mostly complete and open to two-way traffic making for a safer, more efficient flow of vehicles in the busy area.

1 August 2018

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Council and Iwi welcome GMO decision

Hastings district will remain a GM-Free food producing region despite an appeal through the Environment Court seeking to overturn the Hastings District Council’s district plan.

1 August 2018

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Fun all summer at Flaxmere pools

Flaxmere’s swimming pools will not close for maintenance over summer which is great news, says Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe. For a couple of weeks over each of the last two summers Swim Heretaunga had to close for resurfacing of the pools and pump maintenance however, with everything up to date, there is no need to close it this year.

31 July 2018

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Anthony Heeney: Man on a positive mission

Anthony Heeney is living proof that a tough upbringing does not have to define a person’s whole life. Anthony received a Youth Potential Award at Hastings District Council this month.

31 July 2018

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Speeds change on Wednesday

From Wednesday [August 1] new lower speed limits on some of Hastings roads will be in force. The major changes are: Arataki Rd (50kmh from Brookvale Rd to the current 50kmh near Russell Robertson Dr – down from 70kmh); Chatham Rd (50kmh for the full length – down from 70kmh); Farndon Rd (80kmh from Pakōwhai Rd to the 50kmh zone at the Clive end – down from 100kmh); Kirkwood Rd (an extension of the 50kmh zone to 350m northwest of Wilkes Pl); Percival Rd (new road - 50kmh for the full length); St George’s Rd (continuation of the 80kmh speed limit from the current 80kmh section through to Te Aute Rd - down from 100kmh); York Rd (down to 80kmh from the current 70kmh speed limit to the intersection with SH50A – down from 100kmh).

27 July 2018

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East 2018: Art at the heart of Hawke’s Bay

Passers-by will be able to take a peek at art installation action while the Hastings City Art Gallery is closed for five days in early August.

26 July 2018

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Big plans for Municipal Buildings

Light and space, with a focus on the performing arts in their broadest form, are at the heart of a proposal for the redesign of the Municipal Buildings.
The design will go out for public consultation next month.

26 July 2018

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Adding fun and funky in the city

Even functional can be attractive and fun – and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. As part of the drive to build vibrancy in the city centre, chairs and tables have been added to the central mall. About 85 people can now have their lunch, gather or just sit and relax.

25 July 2018

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More electric cars in Council fleet

Two more electric vehicles have joined the Hastings District Council vehicle fleet, with more on the horizon. The first EV was purchased in 2016; part of a joint programme with electricity lines company Unison and Napier City Council to help promote the evolving technology and charging stations.

24 July 2018

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Natural burials a choice for families

Oak Meadow natural burial site at Mangaroa Cemetery in Hastings has room for 80 burial plots as well as space for ash plots, and the potential for extension if more space is needed. The site was blessed this month, with the ceremony led by kaumatua Jerry Hapuku.

24 July 2018

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Libraries gift from Hawke’s Bay man

A very generous bequest has been left to Hastings Libraries by a Hawke’s Bay man.
At last week’s Hastings District Council’s community development committee it was announced that Peter David Arthur had left funds to the libraries, asking that the money be spent on resources that would benefit the blind and partially sighted.

23 July 2018

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The Peak: New loos and more car space

A project to enhance one of Hawke’s Bay most well-known and well-loved icons has been officially opened at a special event this morning.

20 July 2018

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HB canoe polo players make splash in Europe

The canoe polo scene in Europe has given young Hawke’s Bay players a taste of international competition and they are keen to bring back some ideas – and make use of the coming new canoe polo facility at the HB Regional Sports Park.

20 July 2018

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Cinzah and JiL: Magnificent murals

The designs for two prominent public murals in Hastings have been revealed. Cinzah Merkens, a Hawke’s Bay-based multidisciplinary artist, event producer and curator has been chosen to carry out a 180m2 work in Hastings central city. The second artist, who will complete a 50m2 work within Havelock North’s Village Green, is JiL Sergent, known as JiL of Aotearoa, also based in Hawke’s Bay. - submitted by Collen Sheldon; photos by Colleen Sheldon

20 July 2018

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Cornwall: Long term plan for the park

With a major revamp of the Cornwall Park playground scheduled for this year, a decision has been made to review the management plan for the whole park. The review of the 10-year management plan is not due until next year, however given the funds for a playground upgrade are in this financial year it makes sense to do them both at the same time, said Hastings District councillor and Our Places portfolio holder Malcolm Dixon. An open day for public input will be held on Sunday 29 July between 11am and 1pm, at the John Holt Memorial House, off Roberts Street.

19 July 2018

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Focus on forestry slash flooding

Forestry slash is under the spotlight in Hawke’s Bay, as damaging floods increase in both frequency and scale. The issue has been highlighted at a national level, with devastating flooding and damage in Hastings and Gisborne making national news. In Hastings there have been two heavy floods leading to evacuations this year, while in Tolaga Bay, north of Gisborne, serious flooding in March last year and in June this year left properties wrecked and people homeless. In all cases, forestry debris was believed to have been a major factor.

18 July 2018

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Hastings’ economy rocking

For the first time Hastings retail spending has topped $70 million over three months outside of Christmas shopping periods. The latest MarketView report, released on Friday, showed the total retail spend in Hastings central city for the three months to June 30 reached $70,098m. That was up $4m on the previous three months and up just over $4m on the same period last year.

17 July 2018

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Basketball court ready to go

A new full-size basketball court, free double barbecue and family-sized picnic tables have pride of place in Kirkpatrick Park.
The new facilities will be officially opened on Friday [July 13] at 1pm, with neighbourhood children and professional basketball legend Willie Burton as guests of honour.

12 July 2018

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Whakatu Link ‘driveable’; ready by December

The new Whakatu Link Route now has a “driveable road surface”, with just the final two layers to go.
The building of the last of the three large roundabouts on the Whakatu Link Route is proceeding at pace; while the new road linking those roundabouts is 80 per cent complete with just the crushed gravel and chip seal layers to be laid.

12 July 2018

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Rates for new financial year set

Property rates for the 2018/19 financial year have been officially adopted by Hastings District Council today [July 12].
Final decisions on the year’s work programme and budget were decided in June, as part of the Long Term Plan (LTP). That process included public consultation which attracted a great deal of community input.
The average rate increase is 5.8 per cent, however the changes to individual property rates vary depending on area (urban; rural; commercial) and what services are connected to the property.

12 July 2018

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Wow water courts in sports park

Four canoe polo courts with ‘wow factor’ will be ready for action in Hastings by next year, with three quarters of the money needed already raised. The courts, covering an area the size of a rugby field, will be at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park, sited near the changing sheds at the Frimley end of the Park. “As well as being a real boost for the many hundreds of people in our region who play canoe polo, it will be an attraction for the community as well,” said sports park manager Jock Mackintosh. “Canoe polo is a very exciting spectator sport and the action will take place on what will be the best courts in New Zealand.”

10 July 2018

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Lime rock links Green to village

The building of a new footpath and lime rock wall along the Napier Rd frontage of the Village Green starts this week. The desire for a strong link between the green space and the village shopping area was expressed during the public consultation on the Village Green redevelopment. It was incorporated into the plan, with construction to be carried out in the 2018/19 financial year.

10 July 2018

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New planting for railway corridor

The removal of overgrown shrubs and weeds along Railway Rd and Russell St South started this week, with new fences and planting to go in over the following month. The clearing will also see the removal of some poorly performing silver birch trees which will be replaced with native species to match those in the area.

10 July 2018

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Working out in Flaxmere Park

Five more pieces of exercise equipment have gone into Flaxmere Park this week, making walking the circuit under the mature trees even more interesting. Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe tried out the new gear on Thursday, watched by four of his mokopuna.

9 July 2018

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Plastic pollution; George Nuku exhibitions

France-based artist George Nuku returns home to Hawke’s Bay next week in order to develop two closely linked art projects at Hastings City Art Gallery (HCAG) and MTG Hawke’s Bay. - Supplied by Napier City Council

9 July 2018

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Fun Factor kicking off

Trips to Ocean Spa, Flipout, Arataki Honey and the movies, as well as sports, crafts and more, are all on the July school holidays menu. One of the most anticipated events this holidays is the visit of a fire engine and police car to the sports centre on Tuesday [July 10], when the children will get a fun, educational, interactive experience.

6 July 2018

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Water works more than half-way

With more than half of the new Hastings to Havelock North water main already in the ground, work crews have started on the Havelock North section.

6 July 2018

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Chapel blessed and open

The new Hastings chapel has been blessed and officially opened today [July 6]. A crowd of about 100, including funeral directors and councillors, braved this morning’s frosty weather for the ceremony. It was presided over by kaumatua Jerry Hapuku and the mayors of Hastings and Napier, Sandra Hazlehurst and Bill Dalton.

6 July 2018

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Celebrating achievement: Youth Potential Awards

Eleven teens and one group will receive Youth Potential Awards next week. The eighth annual awards will be presented at a ceremony in the chambers of Hastings District Council on July 11.

6 July 2018

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Fun Factor kicking off

Trips to Ocean Spa, Flipout, Arataki Honey and the movies, as well as sports, crafts and more, are all on the July school holidays menu. One of the most anticipated events these holidays is the visit of a fire engine and police car to the sports centre on Tuesday [July 10], when the children will get a fun, educational, interactive experience.

6 July 2018

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New pocket park for city centre

The best features of an art deco-style building in Heretaunga St are about to be revealed, as work starts on constructing a new central city ‘pocket park’. The shop at 325 Heretaunga St is about to be demolished but the façade will be kept and enhanced, with the park developed behind it. The project fits into the Hastings City Vibrancy Plan, which aims to encourage more people to enjoy the city centre, leading to more business and vitality.

5 July 2018

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Vessel lifted off for upgrade

Up and away: The lift of the six metre long top of the Nikau Vessel in the middle of the city this morning [July 5] went off without a hitch. The next step will be to remove the four metre tall ‘legs’ next week, depending on the availability of contractors.

5 July 2018

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Alcohol sellers pass sales check

Checks on Hastings businesses selling alcohol have resulted in a 100 per cent pass rate. Two Controlled Purchase Operations, carried out to test whether owners and staff are obeying the law, saw no liquor sold to underage customers. In the latest operation on Friday, two young volunteers posed as customers at three bottle stores, one supermarket and three bars and asked to buy alcohol. None of the outlets sold products to them.

5 July 2018

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Lower speeds from August 1

Lower speed limits on selected Hastings roads will become effective on August 1, after Hastings District Council last week approved changes to the bylaw formalising them.

4 July 2018

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Track changes in Tainui

The 3.3 kilometres of tracks in popular Tainui Reserve in Havelock North will be upgraded in response to community input, setting the standard for walking tracks across the district.

2 July 2018

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Beautiful chapel ready for opening

The building of a replacement for the 74-year-old chapel at the Hastings Cemetery is complete, with an official opening scheduled for Friday (July 6).

29 June 2018

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Health check-up for Nikau Vessel

One of Hastings’ most prominent artworks is about to get a thorough going-over. The Nikau Vessel, a three metre high work by Auckland sculptor Virginia King, will undergo maintenance and cleaning from next week.

29 June 2018

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Celebrating our Hastings volunteers

A crowd of more than 200 friends and family gathered to celebrate some amazing Hastings volunteers last night [June 27], for Hastings annual Civic Honours Awards. This year 12 people and one group involved in a range of fields received a lapel pin, certificate, wine and chocolates, to recognise the enormous contribution they make to society. Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, who hosted the evening, said the efforts of those who “give so selflessly to our community” should be celebrated.

28 June 2018

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New structure: Portfolios for each councillor

A new approach to serving the community has been launched at Hastings District Council, with each of the councillors being given responsibility for a particular focus area.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst has increased the number of councillor portfolios from four to thirteen, to enable each of the current councillors to take an active leadership role within Council.

28 June 2018

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Million dollar plan for Cornwall Park

A massive piece of play equipment that will have Hastings kids climbing high is being considered for Cornwall Park, as planning for a major upgrade of the district’s premier park get underway.

27 June 2018

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Zeroing in on waste: Reduction plan

A massive push to at least halve the amount of rubbish being dumped into the Omaranui Landfill is timed to start in October, subject to Hastings and Napier councils approving plans to achieve that.

25 June 2018

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Funds for Food Innovation Hub very welcome

The creation of the Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub is a step closer after a $215,000 grant from central government’s Provincial Growth Fund was announced today.

A Food Innovation Hub would bring together businesses and stakeholders in the food, beverage and agricultural technology sectors to collaborate and conduct research and development.

22 June 2018

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Hastings Mayor welcomes government funding

A grant of $460,000 from central Government to expand a very successful Hastings District Council youth employment programme has been announced today, to the delight of Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.

Council is one of four funding recipients for the He Poutama Rangatahi pilot programme.

22 June 2018

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Rhythm and Rhymes for tots

Rhythm and Rhymes is a new free quality music and movement class for 0-2 year olds starting in Term 3 at Havelock North Library.

21 June 2018

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Report tipped over traffic safety gear

“Report it, don’t ignore it”, is the message to people who see knocked over traffic cones or other damage to traffic management items on the roads. Cones and temporary traffic lights have been tipped over at work sites in Hastings in the last week, either accidentally by vehicles or deliberately.

19 June 2018

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Last Whakatu roundabout on its way

Despite the wet weather, work on the Pakowhai roundabout is proceeding with the whole of the Whakatu Link Route still expected to be completed by the end of the year. At present construction is mainly off the road, on the Pakowhai Regional Park side of the road. As with the first of the Whakatu roundabouts, on SH2 between Hastings and Clive, as much of the work as possible is being carried out off to the sides of the road before moving into the carriageway.

19 June 2018

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A significant gift for Tonga

A large shipping container filled with essential disaster-relief supplies has arrived in the small Pacific Island country of Tonga, still struggling to restore normality after Cyclone Gita.
The Hastings District Council approved a grant of $10,000 on March 22, to assist the Tongan Hawke’s Bay Community Governance Committee with the cost of shipping supplies to the victims of the cyclone.
The 40ft container filled with just over $10,000 worth of food, clothing, water and hygiene supplies arrived in Tonga on May 22, 2018 and was last week unpacked and distributed throughout the community.

18 June 2018

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Water team structure in place

Progress on new processes put in place in the wake of the Havelock North water contamination has been reported to Hastings District Council this week.
At the same time as substantial improvements to the physical network and treatment options has been underway, the reorganisation and upscaling of the teams in charge of managing water and the systems they use have been undertaken.

15 June 2018

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We are biking to the future

A strong and sustained focus on encouraging children and their parents to choose to bike or walk to school has seen Hastings cycling programmes make the finalists of the national Bike to the Future Awards. Hastings District Council’s iWay and Move It! School Travel Plans, jointly managed by Council, Sport Hawke’s Bay and transport planners ViaStrada, has made the final four in the Bikes at Work and School category.

15 June 2018

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Water upgrades large part of new budget

Through careful budgeting Hastings District Council has achieved its aim of putting aside almost $48 million to continue improving drinking water systems and supplies, while keeping this year’s rate increase below an average six per cent. Improving drinking water safety was the number one key issue in the just completed Long Term Plan public consultation and decision-making process.

14 June 2018

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Roads and parks under water

Hastings District Council will be closing Taihape Road from 5pm tonight due to surface flooding, and reassessing conditions at 9am tomorrow [Wednesday 13 June].

12 June 2018

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Community groups given a helping hand

Surf lifesaving, a food redistribution programme, biking for the blind, holiday food parcels and community media were among the services to receive funds from this year’s Contestable Funding round.

1 June 2018

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Rotary offers Napier Road tree help

Havelock North Rotary will be looking to adopt a new community project to plant new trees along Napier Road.

1 June 2018

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Hastings Mayor supports new track agreement

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says the agreement announced today is a very positive outcome for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Craggy Range Winery and the wider community.

31 May 2018

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Restrictions on Red Bridge to be lifted

Current weight restrictions on Red Bridge will soon be lifted after thorough investigations and testing showed the bridge is strong enough to carry heavier loads.

31 May 2018

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Hastings looks at new model for city centre

City centres across the world are constantly changing due to global trends that are altering the way we live, work and play in our Central Business Districts. To meet the challenges these changing global trends bring, the Hastings District Council, in partnership with the Hastings Business Association, will be consulting with the business community on how we should anticipate where this new environment will take us and how we can improve the CBD's vibrancy, through a Business Improvement District model (BID).

31 May 2018

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Te Mata Track Reference Group endorses approach

A Te Mata Track Reference Group, made up of representatives from various interest groups connected with the walking track, has endorsed a three phase approach for finding positive solutions for the eastern side of Te Mata Peak.

30 May 2018

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Hastings Youth Council gets down to business

A full calendar of events and projects has been put together by the Hastings District Youth Council – and these young motivated councillors will be motoring to get through it.

23 May 2018

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Hawke’s Bay Opera House manager appointed

A familiar face to the local arts scene has been appointed to the role of Hawke’s Bay Opera House and Arts Precinct Manager – Megan Peacock Coyle.

23 May 2018

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Exceptional response to Council's LTP

The response to calls for public input into Council’s Long Term Plan has been excellent, with 125 formal submissions received and more than 1100 feedback surveys submitted.

22 May 2018

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Tree removal for new water main

About 30 trees along Napier Rd will be removed over the next fortnight, in preparation for the laying of the Havelock North section of the new Hastings to Havelock North water main.

22 May 2018

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Kimi Ora Community School keeps on winning.

An innovative exhibition put together with enthusiasm and aroha by Flaxmere school children, a “rock star” photographer, and Hastings City Art Gallery has achieved one of the highest national accolades.

21 May 2018

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Improvements to Cape Coast Reserves

After comprehensive public consultation over two years, improvements to the 10 Cape Coast reserves can get underway.

18 May 2018

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Annual chess tournament continues to attract

The Hawke’s Bay District’s Secondary Schools’ Years 7-13 Chess Tournament was held in the Hastings Sports Centre (May 18), attracting 121 players.

18 May 2018

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Craggy Range track

The Hastings District Council is working with stakeholders to review the options presented by Craggy Range Winery at a meeting held with stakeholders on Monday 7 May, as well as other ideas presented by the community.

18 May 2018

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Cyclops swing a huge hit

The new double cyclops snake swing in the Village Green is already proving a massive hit with the kids. The swing, donated to the community by the Mackersey Family Trust, was installed over the last week. The construction fence came down yesterday [May 16].

17 May 2018

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Lyndhurst Road rebuilding starting

The Lyndhurst Rd entry to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park will be back to normal by the middle of next month, with the completion of that section of the project to install new infrastructure. Road crews have started work on the layers that form the base of the road, and the kerbs and driveways will start being laid tomorrow (May 18).

17 May 2018

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Pipe progress and road closures

There are clear signs of progress on the project to install a new water main between Hastings and Havelock North, with more than 30 per cent of the 4.8km length in the ground. In Crosses Rd there is just 200m left to go and the road re-sealing team has started work behind them.

16 May 2018

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Kaitiaki on board in Flaxmere

Three new kaitiaki are aboard Flaxmere’s community waka, focused on connecting youth with the wider community in the busiest gathering place in the suburb. The three official Kaitiaki (guardians) are aligned with the Flaxmere and City Assist teams, but with particular responsibility for the Flaxmere Library, Flaxmere Community City and the Flaxmere pool.

14 May 2018

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Steel hefted into place

There has been some very heavy lifting at the Opera House over the last few weeks, with the last of the steel roof struts due to be in place by the end of this month. An estimated 80 tonnes of steel was required for the new roof.

14 May 2018

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Public call for road speed changes

After safety-focused investigations and significant public input into seven proposed road speed changes, Hastings District Hearings Committee, involving all councillors, announced its recommendations yesterday afternoon. The recommendations would now be drafted into the speed bylaw and considered by full Council at its June 28 meeting.

9 May 2018

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#keeponkimiora up for national award

#keeponkimiora, a nationally significant exhibition by photography artist Edith Amituanai and primary school students, has put Hastings City Art Gallery into the finals of a prestigious museum awards. The exhibition opened in June last year, featuring photographs of the children by the children. It followed weeks of workshops for the youngsters of Kimi Ora Community School in Flaxmere, taken by “rock star” Auckland photographer Edith Amituanai.

9 May 2018

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Dibble officially welcomed

A crowd of 200-plus gathered in the middle of Havelock North on Saturday afternoon to welcome a striking new public sculpture. The Garden 2002, by internationally acclaimed artist Paul Dibble, has pride of place just off the central roundabout, in front of the Havelock North i-Site.

7 May 2018

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Pipe moving along

Installing a very large storm water pipe under Railway Rd is proceeding well, with 250m out of the full 750m of the final section left to go. After getting well ahead of schedule over the first few weeks, going had been a little slower over the last fortnight given wet weather and silty ground conditions.

4 May 2018

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Visitors lapping up local shopping

Visitors spent up large in Hastings in the three months to March, helping retail statistics continue the growth of the previous 18 months. The latest Market View retail spending statistics showed overall growth on a par with the national level, but a large increase in visitor spending.

3 May 2018

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Work plus study plus great employers equals success

A determination to succeed and having the right support have been key factors in Luke Rogers reaching his study goals. Last night 36 graduates received a certificate and official congratulations from both Napier and Hastings’ Mayors at the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs ceremony, in front of family, friends, employers, industry representatives and trainers.

3 May 2018

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Hot showers very welcome

There will be no more cold showers after sports matches at Anderson Park with the completion of a brand new changing room facility this week. The rooms will get their first workout this Saturday, when some 500 children turn up to play rugby on Saturday morning.

3 May 2018

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Huge interest in speed limits

Interest in the proposed changes to speed limits in Hastings is high, with almost 800 formal submissions received ahead of a public hearing of submissions this Friday (May 4). Of the 785 who had written to Hastings District Council, 48 had asked to address Council on their submissions.

2 May 2018

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New roundabout work starts Monday

The construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Nelson and Eastbourne streets will start on Monday

2 May 2018

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Last Whakatu roundabout underway

The entrance to Pakowhai Regional Park – the district’s most popular dog walking area - is temporarily moving to Farndon Rd from about mid-May. A start on the last major roundabout on the 3.5km Whakatu Arterial Link is about to get underway.

1 May 2018

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Dibble sculpture will receive royal welcome

A striking Paul Dibble sculpture will be officially welcomed to Havelock North on Saturday by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. The Garden 2002 will stand almost four metres high once on its plinth. It is a bronze torso with a gilded apple, which will see it glow in the Hawke’s Bay sunshine. At night the sculpture and its surrounds will be lit.

30 April 2018

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Bike safety; get into gear

It is Be Safe Be Seen time again; the annual campaign to encourage safe cycling, walking and running as the nights draw in, with free safety stuff being given out at pop-ups across Hastings and Napier. There will be eight street pop-ups over the next month, four in Hastings and four in Napier.

30 April 2018

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Hastings District Council Acting Chief Executive Officer Appointed.

A well-known face around Hawke’s Bay has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Hastings District Council.

27 April 2018

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More play gear for Flaxmere

Putting in more play gear and saving the pond are the priorities for almost all of the people who responded to questions on an upgrade of Flaxmere Park. Two projects were up for discussion at a gathering in the park last Saturday [April 21]: what to spend the $300,000 left in the park’s 10-year-plan budget on; and whether to replace the pond with a new one or use the estimated $250,000 spend on other facilities in the park.

27 April 2018

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History of Mayoral Portraits at HDC

The oil portraits of previous mayors that greet visitors to the Hastings District Council chambers are now joined by our first female mayor.

26 April 2018

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Controlling pest animals around your home

HB Regional Council: Each autumn, mice and rats make their presence felt around people’s backyards and homes as they seek refuge and food ahead of winter.

24 April 2018

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Pipe progress; traffic management changes

The installation of the critical new water main between Hastings and Havelock North is continuing at a good pace with nearly a quarter of the water pipe in place. So far, 1000 metres of pipe has been laid across the four work sites.

20 April 2018

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Massive public input into waste plan

Work on analysing the 6129 submissions to the draft joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan has started. Residents in Napier and Hastings have been asked to comment on options for minimising and better managing waste.

20 April 2018

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World’s largest Populus deltoides gets life-saving surgery

Carefully, piece by piece, New Zealand’s oldest and largest deciduous tree has had a trim – all in the aid of extending its life for as long as possible, while ensuring it does not endanger park users. The Frimley Park poplar has been surrounded by a security fence since November when movement in its base triggered further investigations.

18 April 2018

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Council make-up reflects changing population

New housing developments will be brought into existing urban Council wards if minor changes proposed under a Representation Review are accepted. Every six years, councils must review their representation arrangements, including whether their wards properly reflect their populations. Reviews also look at things like voting ‘at large’ across a district versus voting by ward, the number of councillors and the size and makeup of wards.

16 April 2018

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Flaxmere Park upgrade: Let’s start talking

“Awesome and amazing” ideas are needed for upgrades to Flaxmere Park. Seven years into Flaxmere Park’s $1.2 million 10-year upgrade plan, Council wants to confirm that priorities set back in 2011 are still what residents want.

16 April 2018

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Trainee arborists give trees a going-over

The majestic trees in Hastings’ parks have been getting a thorough going-over this week, by a keen bunch of visiting student arborists. The work by the Wintec students from Hamilton included the removal of high-hanging storm-damaged branches, pruning, the removal of a dead gingko tree in Cornwall Park; and cleaning up after themselves by chipping and raking.

13 April 2018

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Tree staying but getting a topping

A decision has been made on the future of the district’s tallest tree: the poplar (Populus deltoids) in Frimley Park. It will be kept, but to preserve it and to make it as safe as possible, about nine metres will be cut from the top of the tree. The work will start on Monday [April 16], weather permitting, and take about three days.

13 April 2018

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Topiary touch for Queen Street

The classy new buxus topiary along Queen St complement the best of Hastings architecture and are adding a welcome dash of green. “This street is within the heart of our business district and the addition of these stunning topiary helps us build towards our overarching vision of increasing vibrancy in our city centre,” said Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.

13 April 2018

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Final by-election result in

The final result of the by-election for the vacant Hastings District Council Havelock North-Hastings ward seat has been announced today (April 13). Eileen Lawson has received the most votes with 3439.

13 April 2018

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Preliminary by-election result in

The preliminary result of the by-election for the vacant Hastings District Council Havelock North-Hastings ward seat has been announced. Eileen Lawson has received the most votes at 3424. The confirmed final result is expected to be received by Friday.

11 April 2018

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Lights; music; amazing action

The Lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens has again been a resounding success – with live music adding to the atmosphere for the first time. While numbers through the gate were not counted, based on the donations it was estimated that more than 12,000 people had gone through the gates, well up on last year’s estimated 10,000.

10 April 2018

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Super bins keep recycling clean

New recycling bins installed at the Henderson Rd recycling centre will reduce servicing costs, reduce the risk of contaminated recycling getting into the bins, and improve safety for users. The eight new containers take up the same amount of room but hold four times the amount of recycling as the old array of skip bins and cages.

10 April 2018

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Rubbish hearings in June

More than 6000 people have sent in their responses to the plan for managing rubbish in Hastings and Napier over the next 10 years – so many that it is going to take a little longer than expected to fully process them. To ensure all submissions are fully considered, the joint draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) 2018-2024 hearing is being delayed until June.

29 March 2018

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Art on walls; call for designs

Two massive blank walls are about to become the largest public art works in Hastings – with a call going out to artists to submit their designs. “The art will add vibrancy, colour and heart to our beautiful district”, said Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.

29 March 2018

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Magical music for Osmanthus lighting

In what is a real coup, three Chinese musicians are flying 10,000km to perform for two nights at this year’s Lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens, courtesy of the Guilin Foreign Affairs Office. It will be just one of the new, very special, features of the lighting of the gardens, on five nights from Wednesday, said organiser and Hastings District councillor Kevin Watkins.

29 March 2018

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Sports centre ready for the next decades

A major makeover of the Hastings Sports Centre has been completed. It has reopened and its freshly painted walls are ringing with the sound of energetic children at an after school programme.

27 March 2018

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Tons of steel hoisted into the roof

The arrival of an impressively large crane in the past week means the 80 tonnes of steel that needs to be hoisted into the Hawke’s Bay Opera House can go ahead from today.

26 March 2018

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Hundreds of metres of pipe already in

More than 200m of the new main water pipe has been laid at two locations since site work on the new Hastings to Havelock North main water pipe started on March 7. In Howard St 120m had been laid by Tuesday (March 20), heading towards central Hastings; in Crosses Rd 136m had been laid.

23 March 2018

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Bores on the move

Two of the district’s drinking water bores are being moved but will stay within the reserves they are currently sited in. In Whakatu, a new bore to supply the local community has been sunk about 50 metres from the original, within Ngaruroro Ave Reserve.

21 March 2018

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Omahu going gangbusters

As drinking water and wastewater pipes are threaded through the newly zoned Omahu industrial area, land owners, developers and potential tenants are lining up to make the most of the new opportunity. Resource consents for industrial developments have already been approved for 10 hectares, with a resource consent application for another 13 hectares signalled by a land owner.

21 March 2018

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Get fund application in now

More than $250,000 was shared out to groups doing community work last year, through Council’s Contestable Grants Fund. Applications to this year’s round are being accepted now. Last year the 22 projects ranged from cooking classes for the elderly and making community radio programmes, to a wild cat trapping project and the digital archiving of historic Hawke’s Bay photos. The amounts granted ranged from $2000 to $30,000, with an average of $11,400.

20 March 2018

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Waste planning: Have your say

Have you had your say on how you think waste should be managed in Hawke’s Bay over the next six years? Submissions to the draft joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) for 2018-2024 close this Friday, 23 March.

19 March 2018

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West Flaxmere vision gets green light

An innovative vision designed to provide 120 high-quality affordable homes in Flaxmere has been agreed to by Hastings District Council and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. Next steps will include the normal resource consent and planning processes.

16 March 2018

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Hawke’s Bay company to build new station

Eastern District Police are thrilled to announce local building company MCL Construction Ltd will build the new Eastern District Headquarters and Hastings Police Station.

15 March 2018

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Digging in to keep reserves beautiful

Fully involving the community in the care and planning of reserves has a lot of positive spin-offs. This week is Parks Week, March 10 to 18. The national celebration is aimed at raising awareness of the health benefits of spending time in parks and reserves, and their importance to communities.

14 March 2018

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Schools line up for HOY experience

Pakowhai School was one of 10 to take advantage of an invitation to take their classes along for a guided tour of the Land Rover Horse of the Year show today (March 14). There was much excitement as the 33 year one to six pupils headed ringside to watch the showjumping in the Premier Area. Teacher Heidi Slavin said it was the first time the school had taken the children to the show, and for many it was the first time they had seen anything like it.

14 March 2018

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Water pop-ups spreading the message

District Council is taking its mayor, councillors and drinking water specialists on the road this week, to get its drinking water treatment message out in the community.

13 March 2018

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Gallery Boosting for hands-on exhibition

A hands-on, get-into-it exhibition coming to Hastings City Art Gallery is getting Boosted. Boosted is an on-line arts crowd-funding portal, backed by the Arts Foundation and run by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

13 March 2018

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Keep rubbish feedback coming

Thousands of residents have responded a call for feedback on how to manage the region’s rubbish, with the total number of submissions topping 4500 this week. Consultation on the Napier City and Hastings District Councils’ draft joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018-24 (WMMP) runs until noon on Friday, March 23.

12 March 2018

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Flooding clean-up

In the wake of localised flooding yesterday, the focus today is on contacting people who have had flood waters through their homes. Hastings District Council has teams in the worst-hit areas around Esk Valley and Rissington, calling door-to-door to assess homes and the needs of residents.

9 March 2018

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Flood update: House visits underway

A fly-over of the worst flood-affected areas late yesterday has given Hastings District Council a better idea of the extent of the clean-up required. Hastings District Council assets staff and Councillor George Lyons flew over the worst affected areas, Esk Valley and Rissington, late yesterday afternoon, ahead of a desk-top exercise carried out overnight to pin-point homes where families might need assistance.

9 March 2018

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Home and farm visits completed

Ninety-one homes in the area worst-hit by rains yesterday have been visited to assess welfare needs and damage to homes. Seven homes were issued ‘yellow notices’, which meant they had issues that needed to be dealt with before the families could move back in. Those homes were all in the Rissington and Esk Valley area and all issues were related to water damage.

9 March 2018

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Heavy rain and flooding - 1:00pm update

Very heavy rain in Hawke’s Bay is causing flooding and road closures. The incident and response are being managed by Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

8 March 2018

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Heavy rain and flooding - 3:30pm update

The situation in Hawke’s Bay has eased. River levels have dropped however 50 to 60mm of rain is expected to continue overnight, but spread over a longer period of time.

8 March 2018

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Talking costs: Waste minimisation consultation

The major community conversation underway on the management of rubbish necessarily includes the cost. The Draft Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was released for public consultation last week. The draft plan has been put together by Hastings and Napier councils, as co-authors of the existing waste plan and co-owners of Omarunui Landfill.

5 March 2018

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Fencing step towards stream quality

Fencing a section of the Paritua Stream - HBRC

2 March 2018

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Hawke’s Bay mayors and Minister Eugenie Sage “talk rubbish” at Landfill

The Associate Minister of the Environment and Green Party MP Eugenie Sage spent this morning (March 2) at the Omarunui Landfill with Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and Napier Mayor Bill Dalton. Ms Sage toured the landfill during her first visit to Hawke’s Bay as Minister of Conservation and Associate Minister of the Environment for the Labour-led Coalition Government.

2 March 2018

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Recycling rurally: Site number five

The fifth new-generation rural recycling depot has been rolled out, with three six-metre specially adapted containers delivered to land next to the Maraekakaho River Bridge. All household recycling can be dropped off at the site – paper, cardboard, plastics number 1 to 7, cans and colour-sorted glass.

1 March 2018

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From aspiring mayor to Council asset

One of the youngest people to step forward for the mayoralty in Hastings is now working for the same organisation he wanted to lead. Last year’s Mayoral hopeful, Waitawhara Tupaea is one of 25 young people in the Rangatahi ma Kia eke project.

1 March 2018

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Call goes out for 2018 YAAPers

Eight teens have developed their love of the arts, learned the intricacies of staging programmes and events, and cultivated a habit that is likely to see them become lifelong visitors to galleries and other cultural institutions.

1 March 2018

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Ground-breaking for water main next week

The construction of a new Hastings to Havelock North water main gets underway next week, after contractors March Construction took over the site on Wednesday (February 28). Traffic management is being set up over the next few days ahead of the start of physical work, expected to get underway on Monday.

1 March 2018

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Crematorium and chapel update

Cremations are running as normal at Hastings Cemetery and the rebuilding of the adjacent Chapel is progressing well. The construction of the Chapel is the second stage of a project to replace the cremator building and the chapel, with the cremator building completed in November.

28 February 2018

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Where to with waste: Public consultation on draft plan

The major community conversation underway on the management of rubbish necessarily includes the cost. The Draft Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was released for public consultation last week.

28 February 2018

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A new use for steel a re-purposing plus

The four steel trusses which held up the old canvas roof on the Opera House Plaza have come down and are being stored while a new use for them is investigated – perhaps as frames for shade sails in parks. The trusses, weighing about 10 tonnes between them, were removed last week. It is the next step on the way to making the Plaza an all-weather multi-purpose events space.

26 February 2018

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Celebrating our extraordinary people: Civic Awards 2018

For just over 30 years Hastings has been honouring people in the community who go to extraordinary efforts to help make the district a wonderful place to live. Nominations for the 2018 Hastings District Council Civic Honours Awards open next week. Past recipients have been invited to help launch the opening of nominations on Tuesday (February 27).

23 February 2018

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Railway Rd second stage: traffic detours

Work on installing a major new storm water pipe under Railway Road is underway again this week. The first section, between Eastbourne St and Southampton St, was completed before Christmas. The second section, between Southampton St and Gascoigne St, was expected to have started in January, however the delayed issuing of a permit from KiwiRail allowing work close to its network had pushed the start out to this month.

22 February 2018

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Congratulations on sporting success

Council celebrated the recent successes of Hastings sports people at the formal monthly Hastings District Council meeting today (February 22). Jack Wilkinson at age 14 was the youngest member of the New Zealand under-18 canoeing team to attend the Grand Prix 2 Canoe Racing Championships in Sydney this month.

22 February 2018

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Te Mata Rd pipe work detour

The last of the work to install a new water main under Te Mata Rd is underway. This involves a closure of one lane of Te Mata Rd for three days, from this afternoon (February 20) until Friday evening.

21 February 2018

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Seaweek 2018: Beach clean ups and sandcastles

SeaWeek events organised by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council offer a chance for the community to get together on the coast, help improve the environment and have some creative fun. The annual Seaweek Beach Clean-up is usually very popular and will again be at Waitangi Regional Park (Star Compass entry on State Highway 2) on Saturday, March 3.

21 February 2018

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Drinking water an LTP priority

Council’s top priority of providing the community with safe drinking water is strongly reflected in this year’s draft Long Term Plan. The draft LTP will be considered by councillors at this week’s Hastings District Council meeting.

20 February 2018

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Preparing for Gita

While the main force of Cyclone Gita is likely to miss Hawke’s Bay, there are severe gale force winds forecast for the region. The latest Metservice advice this morning was that the cyclone would hit the west coast of the lower North Island from early tomorrow afternoon. Heavy rain watches were in place for the wider Wellington region south, and strong wind watches had been issued for much of the North Island including Hawke’s Bay. Those wind warnings had triggered preparations within Council.

19 February 2018

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Big biking breakfast on Wednesday

Thirty-plus kilos of bacon, 10 kilos of sausages, muesli bars, fruit, coffee and more have all been ordered for Wednesday’s Go by Bike Breakfast, the largest mass cycling gathering of the year in Hastings.

19 February 2018

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AA rating a top result for Hastings

The AA long-term credit rating awarded to Hastings District Council is confirmation that Council’s financial management is strong and expected to remain so. The grading, assigned by international independent financial analysis and rating agency Standard and Poors, was published this week. The external opinion measured an organisation’s ability to manage and meet its financial obligations in full and on time.

16 February 2018

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We want to ‘talk rubbish’ with you

At least half of what’s going to Omarunui Landfill doesn’t need to be – so what can we can do about it?

16 February 2018

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By-election nominations

Hastings District Council’s electoral officer has received six nominations for the vacant Hastings-Havelock North councillor position.

15 February 2018

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Tremains Art Deco Festival 2018

2018 is a significant year for the Tremains Art Deco Festival produced by the Art Deco Trust as it celebrates 30 years of bringing Hawke’s Bay unique and wonderful Art Deco heritage to life.

13 February 2018

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Rebuilding of Windsor Ave section

The rebuilding of a 750-metre section of road on Windsor Ave, between Ada St and Grove Rd, will start on Monday (February 12). It is expected to take about 12 weeks to complete the project. While the road is being rebuilt, the opportunity is being taken to upgrade wastewater and storm water systems, said Hastings District Council’s works and services committee chairman Kevin Watkins.

9 February 2018

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Route for major water main announced

One of the largest projects included in the Hastings District Council’s water strategy is about to get underway. The route for the new mains water pipe between Hastings and Havelock North has been finalised and a contractor is expected to be selected this month, after which work will start.

5 February 2018

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Education and employment; get your questions answered

An hour or so spent at an Education and Employment Awareness Day this month could be life-changing for those who attend it. Hastings District Council’s Camberley Community Centre is hosting the two-hour awareness day, with education providers, businesses and employment advisors all on site.

2 February 2018

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Wondrous wizardry a worldly celebration

There was just one place in New Zealand to celebrate wizardry alongside millions of Harry Potter fans on Thursday evening [February 1], and that was at Hastings War Memorial Library. More than 1000 Potter fans young and old hunted for dragon eggs, were sorted into their Hogwarts School houses, had their house colours painted on their arms, made their own wands, called in to the Diagon Alley Book shop, and visited Hagrid’s Hut.

2 February 2018

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Plaza transformation underway

Work to transform the Plaza into an all-weather space suitable for all kinds of events started this week, with the removal of the etched glass panels along the front of the building. Each of the panels has been carefully lifted from its surround and stacked on glass-holding frames to be stored for inclusion in the final Opera House precinct. The plan is to re-install the eight panels in the buildings that make up the Hawke’s Bay Opera House precinct, said Hastings District Council facilities and programmes group manager Alison Banks.

1 February 2018

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Connecting with Age Concern Havelock North

With nearly 30 years of working with the community under its belt, Age Concern Havelock North continues to come up with new ways to support older residents and help them connect. Two of its most recent initiatives, both in their fourth year, are the Next Steps Lifestyle Expo and the Community Christmas Day Luncheon.

1 February 2018

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Getting rescue helicopter’s stories out

Getting the news out about a crucial Hawke’s Bay emergency service is important, both to keep the public up-to-date on its services and to encourage the donations it needs to keep it in the air.

31 January 2018

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Road speed changes consultation

With new rules on setting road speed limits set in place, Hastings District Council can now address public requests for speed limit changes for some of the district’s roads. Public consultation on new speeds for six roads and the setting of a speed limit for one new road, starts tomorrow [February 1].

31 January 2018

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Hastings District Council Reviews Non Notification Process for Craggy Range Track Resource Consent

At the request of the Hastings District Council Mayor and Chief Executive, the process by which council staff [under their delegated authority], decided that the Craggy Range track resource consent should proceed on a non–notified basis, has undergone an external expert review. This review specifically relates to the process by which the non-notification decision was made.

31 January 2018

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Rural and urban; a royal celebration

Celebrating the strong links between rural and urban life in Hawke’s Bay is a key objective of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society’s annual A&P Show. The 155-year-old show, held every year in October, will this year again be honoured with the title Royal Show, making it the premier New Zealand A&P Show.

29 January 2018

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Sculptors in the public eye

Nine sculpture artists working out in the open at Albert Square are more than halfway through their works, in anticipation of an auction of the pieces to be held tomorrow.

26 January 2018

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Tools for the teenage years out now

A region-wide resource designed to help parents make it through the sometimes tricky teenage years has been launched this week. Tools for the Teenage Years, which will also be available online from that date, was officially launched at the Waipawa Municipal Theatre on Wednesday (January 24).

25 January 2018

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Hastings retail growth just keeps on rising

Retail spending in both Hastings and Havelock North continues to grow; up 7.6 and 7.7 per cent respectively – more than two percentage points above the national average of 5.1 per cent. The latest MarketView quarterly report for the three months ended December 31 showed the total spend in Hastings reached $81.2 million; in Havelock North turnover reached just over $35m.

24 January 2018

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Road works: Waimarama and Middle roads

The rebuilding of two sections of the district’s roads are being carried out over the next few weeks. In Middle Rd, Havelock North, preparations for the reconstruction of 600m of road started last week (January 15) and is expected to take about six weeks.

22 January 2018

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New roundabout on the drawing board

The growing crash rate at an intersection in Hastings has prompted Council to consider installing a roundabout.

19 January 2018

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Te Mata Rd water project back underway

Work to finish laying the new water main along Te Mata Rd has resumed, following the Christmas and New Year break.

17 January 2018

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Four weeks to get Council nominations in

Nominations for the vacant Hastings District Council seat are open for four weeks from today (January 16). To assist people contemplating standing for election, there will be a candidates’ evening held next Tuesday [January 23], at 6.30pm, in the Council chambers.

16 January 2018

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Heads up: Roundabout resurfacing work

The resurfacing of the roads around two of the district’s roundabouts will be carried out over the last two weeks of this month. Work on the Guthrie Rd and Nimon St (Havelock North) roundabout will start this Friday [January 19] and take just over a week, weather permitting.

16 January 2018

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Swim Heretaunga ready to re-open

The swimming pools in Flaxmere are about to re-open, after being repainted, having an automatic entry door installed, and general maintenance completed.

16 January 2018

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Enhancements to Hastings city centre begin

The next phase of ongoing works to further enhance the Hastings city centre is set to kick off today with changes to the Heretaunga Street central mall.

15 January 2018

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Wonderful women support each other

Over the last three years the Heretaunga Women’s Centre has come of age, with more than 150 women now gathering for classes, catch-ups, support, health enhancement and friendship every week.

12 January 2018

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Council helps Women’s Refuge give a hand

The right of women and children to live free of violence is at the heart of the philosophy and practical service offered by Hastings Women’s Refuge. Hastings District Council is again supporting the refuge to run its programmes, granting $25,000 from this financial year’s Contestable Grants Fund.

8 January 2018

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History from the walls of Chapel

A snippet of history was unearthed as the earthquake-prone Hastings Chapel was demolished in November, ahead of the building of a new chapel. Gemco site foreman Wayne Murphy’s eagle eyes spotted a corner of a piece of paper under rubble in the chapel. Carefully removing it, he discovered a 73-year-old pay slip with a message for the future on the back of it.

21 December 2017

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Plaza upgrade about to start

Work on the Opera House will stop for the Christmas break today (December 21), with the crews back on site from January 8. Five months into the project, the work is on time and on budget, said Hastings District Council facilities and programmes manager Alison Banks.

21 December 2017

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NOW Brings Collaboration Innovation to Region’s Councils

Local phone and broadband provider, NOW, today announced an innovative partnership with Hawke’s Bay’s five councils that sees it become the first telecommunications company in New Zealand to introduce a Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) technology that will enable multi-council collaboration. - NOW Phone & Broadband

20 December 2017

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Christmas and New Year 2017/2018 open hours

Council services and facilities will be operating during the Christmas and New Year holidays although some will have reduced hours and days.

19 December 2017

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By-election dates announced

Nominations for the vacant councillor seat on the Hastings District Council open next month (January 16). The Hastings-Havelock North ward seat become vacant when then-councillor Sandra Hazlehurst was elected as Hastings mayor in November.

19 December 2017

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Hastings District Council reports on progress of its water change programme

Hastings District Council was today advised that significant progress is being made on the delivery of the water change programme, which is focused on ensuring the delivery of safe drinking water and effective and sustainable water services to the community.

18 December 2017

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New mains pipes start arriving

The first load of pipes needed to build the new water main connection between Hastings and Havelock North have arrived.

18 December 2017

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Tania Kerr is the new deputy mayor

The new Hastings deputy mayor has been announced by Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst this morning. Councillor Tania Kerr will take up the position from today. [December 14, 2017]. The Mohaka ward councillor is also a Council representative on Hastings’ Rural Community Board.

14 December 2017

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Waste consultation plan moves closer to public consultation

Options that could potentially divert large portions of household rubbish from being dumped into the landfill are a step closer to going out for public consultation in February. Hastings District Council adopted the Draft Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan for consultation at its December meeting today.

14 December 2017

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Youngsters looking to the future

The 17 young people placed into on-the-job training through The Rangatahi Ma, Kia Eke Youth Project have celebrated their success at a special function with family, friends and employees. The programme is a partnership between Hastings District Council and the Ministry of Social Development which aims to help young people having difficulty finding work to gain work experience.

13 December 2017

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Be safe on our beaches this summer

It is no secret that Hastings beaches will again draw crowds in the thousands from across New Zealand over summer – particularly to Waimarama, Ocean and Waipatiki beaches. To help keep everyone safe Hastings District Council has issued a reminder of some of the rules and guidelines for the beach, particularly around dogs, alcohol and vehicles.

11 December 2017

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Year of Chinese travel to NZ a Hawke’s Bay focus

China has named 2019 the Year of Tourism to New Zealand, and Hawke’s Bay will be making every effort to attract as many of those tourists as possible to our region, says Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst. Investigating trade, investment and educational opportunities, innovation and potential partnerships were all on the agenda of the biennial New Zealand China Mayoral Forum, held in Wellington this week. China’s Year of Tourism to New Zealand was announced at the forum.

8 December 2017

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Library revamp done and dusted

The library team has its skates on today – putting the newly upgraded Havelock North library back together in time for its re-opening on Monday (December 11).

7 December 2017

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Garden watering every second day

Level two water use restrictions have been introduced in Hastings today (December 6), as the very hot weather dries out the region and encourages high water use. That level of restrictions means hoses and sprinklers can only be used between 6am and 8am and 7pm and 9pm every second day – at odd-numbered homes on odd dates, and even numbered homes on even dates. The restrictions apply to all homes which source water from a public Hastings District Council supply.

6 December 2017

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HDC responds to Stage Two of the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water

Council has today received the stage two report of the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water. Chief Executive Ross McLeod commented: “We will read the report with interest. We note that Hastings District Council has responded to all of the criticisms that were raised in the Stage 1 report. The Council has engaged international experts and is carefully following and implementing the advice.”

6 December 2017

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Take care with dogs by rivers

As rivers warm up and water flows reduce, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reminding dog owners to keep their dogs under control at the region’s braided rivers because of the risk of the potentially toxic cyanobacteria, Phormidium, being present. - HBRC

4 December 2017

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New data improves liquefaction maps

Liquefaction risk maps for Hawke’s Bay have been updated by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, based on the latest scientific testing by GNS Science.

The reassessment report, released this week, builds on and updates the 1999 GNS liquefaction study in Hawke’s Bay. The report is based on a range of scientific factors including geology and soil data, ground water data, and around 800 CPT (Cone Penetrometer Test) ground tests. While not as extensive as the 10,000 tests carried out in Christchurch, these still provide useful information.

1 December 2017

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Help your dog become thunder-safe

Thunderstorms can be very scary for dogs and the two storms experienced in Hastings this week have certainly sent some of our canine residents into a spin.

Hastings District Council’s animal control manager Lisa Hudson said Council had helped return seven dogs to their anxious owners after the storms on Tuesday and Thursday. They had also taken phone calls and had visits from owners looking for dogs – and social media was running rife with concerned owners looking for their pets.

1 December 2017

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Buzzing Rezpect all about our kids

There is a real buzz at the Rezpect Dance Academy, as dozens of youngsters warm up and then break out their dance moves. In the seven years that Rezpect has been running, the programme has attracted many hundreds of learner hip-hoppers from as young as five.

1 December 2017

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Opera House: New foundations poured

The next time lapse video of the work to earthquake strengthen the Opera House has been released, showing the last of the foundation preparations before this week’s big concrete pour.

30 November 2017

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Awards celebrate Hastings’ beautiful gardens

Putting love and effort into their gardens has paid off for the 18 keen gardeners awarded prizes in this year’s Tremains Spring Spruce Up competition. Mark and Anne Lukkassen won the Before and After category for the makeover of their Russell Robertson Drive garden, also taking home a $2,000 cash prize. Abby Golden in Riverslea Road won the Open Category, earning herself a $2,000 cash prize.

28 November 2017

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Hastings by-election final results

The final results of the Hastings by–election have been confirmed this afternoon. Those results confirm Sandra Hazlehurst as Mayor and Wendy Schollum as a Hastings-Havelock North councillor.

27 November 2017

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David Trubridge Shade Sail Installed in the Village Green

The week-long process to install the David Trubridge-designed shade sail in Havelock North’s Village Green has started today

27 November 2017

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Multiple bins among waste options

Ways to capture the 42,000 tonnes of recyclable materials before they are tipped into the landfill has been under scrutiny by a combined Napier and Hastings committee yesterday (November 23). Nearly half of the 84,000 tonnes of rubbish that is dumped by residents and businesses could be recycled or composted – if it was not mixed up with non-recyclable waste.

24 November 2017

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Hastings by-election preliminary results

The preliminary results of the Hastings by-election have been announced this afternoon. The result includes all votes cast up until 5pm on Thursday, November 23.

24 November 2017

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New main water link starts February

Installing a new mains water supply pipe between Hastings and Havelock North is a step closer, with Council this week [November 21] approving a plan for managing the range of contracts required to build it. Work on the new pipe is scheduled to start in February with a target finish date December 2018.

23 November 2017

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Agent Pink in HazMobile haul

There is always some pretty interesting rubbish turning up at the Hastings and Napier transfer stations and recycling centres. However, a recent HazMobile hazardous waste weekend, with drop-off points in both Napier and Hastings, uncovered some particularly obscure items. One of the most startling things to have been unloaded was two boxes of chemical sachets containing Agent Pink.

22 November 2017

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New chapel preparation – demolition underway

The building of a new chapel at Hastings Cemetery has reached a major mile-stone this week, with the demolition of the old earthquake-prone building. A new chapel and crematorium have been in the planning since 2012, when the 70-year-old original was found to be earthquake-prone.

22 November 2017

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Emergency alerts; is your phone ready?

Emergency Mobile Alerts are being launched soon – is your phone ready? Hawke’s Bay people are set to start receiving emergency alerts directly to their mobile phones, warning them when their life, property or health is in serious danger.

21 November 2017

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Bus stop damage a big cost

A drive to replace old wooden bus shelters with new modern glass versions has hit a stumbling block and the community is being asked to help. Vandals are smashing the safety glass panels, leaving Council with much increased maintenance costs.

21 November 2017

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Annual Report 2016/17

Hastings District Council’s Annual Report 2016/17 was adopted at a meeting of the Council on 26 October 2017. Highlights over the past year include significant growth and developer interest in the Irongate and Omahu industrial zones, Havelock North Village developments, construction of Whakatu Arterial Link road route and the start of the earthquake strengthening of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. The last 12 months has also seen a focus on improving our parks, with enhancement across a number of parks and the once-in-a-generation upgrade of the Havelock North Village Green, with its new play space proving hugely popular.

21 November 2017

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Te Mata Rd work cleared for Christmas

The infrastructure work along St Hill Lane and Te Mata Rd will be cleared for the Christmas/New Year holiday period. The new water main will be installed and operational by Christmas in time for the onset of the hottest part of summer.

20 November 2017

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All waters connecting to new subdivision

A start on laying storm water, water and sewer pipes in Lyndhurst Road, between Nottingley Rd and the end of the road, is about to get underway. The work will close that section of the road to all but residents’ and service vehicles from November 20.

17 November 2017

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Award-winning Village Green

The redevelopment of Havelock North Village Green has earned one of 20 national awards, bestowed by NZRA (New Zealand Recreation Association). At an awards ceremony in New Plymouth last week, the project received one of two merit awards in the ‘Outstanding Project’ category.

17 November 2017

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Major storm water pipe to stop flooding

A once-in-a-generation project to upgrade a main storm water pipe in Railway Road is about to get underway. The pipe replaces a more than 60-year-old version. The new one will address historical surface flooding issues in the area.

16 November 2017

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Blooming roses draw hundreds

A love of roses, live entertainment and a fantastic venue drew more than 500 people to Rose Sunday at the weekend [November 12]. The roses turned it on with the more than 5500 bushes blooming for the day. It was the 50th anniversary of the rose gardens and it is intended that the event, which used to be held annually, will once again be held every year, in November.

14 November 2017

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Treasures emerge from Opera House walls

Little treasures have been turning up in the walls and under the floors of the 100-year-old Opera House, as it undergoes earthquake strengthening. So far a boxing bout card number, coming attraction signs, old fuses, a cigarette tin and wooden match box, and an odd light bulb on a stick contraption are among the finds. More are expected to turn up as work continues.

13 November 2017

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Getting the best out of bridges

Work to bring Hastings’ bridges on important routes up to new load-bearing levels is getting under way this month, with Kawera Bridge on Taihape Rd the first on the list. Taihape Road carries an average 1500 vehicles a day; 13 per cent of them heavy trucks which is about double that of other main routes.

10 November 2017

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Free licence programme going gangbusters

HB Matariki Programme: Being an unlicenced driver can be a very expensive exercise. Fines for no warrant, registration or licence soon add up, as Te Atakura Huata-Harawira discovered some years back. With almost $2000 owing, Te Atakura realised she would be far better off investing in becoming a qualified driver than paying back fines, so the Flaxmere mother-of-four made up her mind to get her licence.

3 November 2017

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Traffic lights temporarily out – take care

The traffic lights on the corner of Maraekakaho Rd and Southampton St will be turned off for about two weeks from next week, while the control system is replaced. The system is being upgraded at the same time as road works on Maraekakaho Rd are being carried out. The lights will be off from Monday morning. The intersection will be managed using the ‘give way’ system. Drivers are being asked to take extra care.

3 November 2017

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Find your togs: Pools opening

All Hastings outdoor pools will open this month - with all the fun that they will bring. The teams at all three pools - the Village Pool in Havelock North, Frimley Pool in Hastings, and Splash Planet in Hastings - have spent the winter months doing maintenance, painting and prepping for the busy summer.

2 November 2017

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Focused teens the business people of tomorrow

Some of the most successful business ideas are relatively simple – but to succeed they need to be carried out exceptionally well. That philosophy was employed by the winners of this year’s Hawke’s Bay regional Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) competition. The Havelock North Colour Hawke’s Bay team (Rebecca Jackson, Kendyll Miller, Imke Kitchin and Marleen Slabbekoorn) will take their winning colouring book, featuring Hawke’s Bay businesses, to the national Young Enterprise Scheme final in December.

1 November 2017

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A celebration of strength and character

A special ceremony to celebrate youngsters who display ‘he pito mata’, or strong character against the odds, was held in October. Each year the Youth Potential Awards are held to celebrate Hastings youth aged 12 to 19 who are getting on and achieving despite facing personal challenges or adversity. The award categories are Tane (Male), Wahine (Female) and Ropu (Group).

31 October 2017

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Nuhaka chess wizards

The concentration in the air was palpable as youngsters battled each other over chess boards today. The Hawke’s Bay Schools’ Years 1-6 Chess Tournament was held in the Hastings Sports Centre (October 27), attracting 139 players from 11 Hawke’s Bay Schools. Nuhaka School students, who made the more than two hour road trip down to Hastings for the competition, had a great day, winning three of the four age categories.

27 October 2017

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Beware swooping magpies

It is spring nesting season and magpies in both city and country areas are becoming highly protective of their young; swooping on territorial threats. Auckland Council has put out some tips on how to get through the swooping season.

26 October 2017

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Retail Spending remains on a high in Hastings

Retail spending continues on a high in Hastings, with an increase of near nine per cent compared to the same three months last year. That was on the back of an almost 10 per cent rise in the previous quarter. Havelock North spending increased by just over nine per cent on the same period the previous year.

19 October 2017

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Te Mata Park Construction to Commence

The construction of two sets of toilets, a visitor shelter and a new enlarged car park will get underway in Te Mata Park on Tuesday 24 October 2017. One set of public toilets and the visitor shelter will be built at the main gates car park, which is being doubled in size. A second set of toilets is being built at the Tauroa Rd car park. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February, weather permitting.

19 October 2017

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Little warriors winning in the environment

Little eco-warriors in Flaxmere are taking up the battle on behalf of the environment, and their efforts have been nationally recognised. Morgan Educare won the Sustainable Schools Award at the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards last week.

19 October 2017

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Sections coming on as Hastings grows

Residential sections are coming on line – in both small and large scale developments. More than 50 residential sections are in the process of being developed in small scale subdivisions across the district, with approval given to land owners for another 80. Landowners have further developments expected to yield about 50 lots lodged with Hastings District Council. How quickly those sections come to market will depend on the owners and developers.

18 October 2017

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Rebuilding a road

The reconstruction of Maraekakaho Rd, between Francis Hicks Avenue and Southampton Street West, will start on Monday. As part of the same work, road resurfacing will also be carried out between Southampton Street West and Heretaunga Street and new cabling will be installed at the traffic lights on the corner of Maraekakaho Road and Southampton Street. The reconstruction of the road, kerb and channelling, and footpath, “from boundary to boundary”, is the largest part of the project and will take about 10 weeks.

18 October 2017

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Henare O’Keefe: KNZB hero

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

14 October 2017

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Havelock North most beautiful suburb

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

14 October 2017

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Opera house: Foyer foundations next

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

13 October 2017

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Anglican Care - Heretaunga Seniors’ Programmes

Keep fit classes, one-on-one digital courses and advice, speakers and entertainers, games days, shared meals and monthly outings are all helping Hastings’ seniors remain living in their own homes while staying connected to their communities.

12 October 2017

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Spiller collection reveals gems

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

11 October 2017

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Young basketballers going for gold

More than 1400 visitors have arrived in the region this week – ready to do battle on the basketball court. The under-13 Central Regional Basketball Championship are being held in Hastings and Napier this year, attracting 33 teams from the Wellington, Manawatu, Taranaki and Whanganui regions, as well as from across the East Coast. The championship, run by Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Hawke’s Bay supported by Hastings District Council and Napier City Council, gives the youngsters experience of a larger scale event.

11 October 2017

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High on art in Hastings

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

9 October 2017

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Shady artwork for Village Green

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

8 October 2017

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Dressing the new SH2 roundabout

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

5 October 2017

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Building the bridge – it’s all go

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

5 October 2017

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Little red carts bringing mail

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

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

3 October 2017

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Massive industrial zone ready to go

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

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

28 September 2017

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Rata trees protected by arty guards

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

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

27 September 2017

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Health fund attracts 37 applications

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

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

25 September 2017

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A dozen wonderful Icons now up

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

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

25 September 2017

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Air curtain for Tutira

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

22 September 2017

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New LED bulbs a bright idea

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

22 September 2017

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Bird's eye view of opera house work

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

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

20 September 2017

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Get a free bike check

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

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

15 September 2017

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Testing alert systems in Hastings and Napier

If you hear sirens or stingers

12 September 2017

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Council opposes water conservation order

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

12 September 2017

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Fabulous façades lift city spirits

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

7 September 2017

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Chlorine-removed taps on move

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

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

6 September 2017

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Beautiful new chapel on way

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

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

5 September 2017

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Heat turned up a real winner

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

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

4 September 2017

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Drilling for pipes so much better

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

The technology had been fantastic

4 September 2017

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Landmarks: Fantastic projects lauded

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

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

1 September 2017

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Landmarks: Fantastic projects lauded

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

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

1 September 2017

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