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 Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga performers
Chilling: Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga performers relax after a workout in preparation for Te Matatini.

On Saturday, at the end of an electrifying 25 minutes on the kapa haka stage at Te Matatini, the Hastings performers will have given their all. The sweat will be pouring off them but the pride will be immense, says Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga performer and Hastings District councillor Bayden Barber. Te Matatini, known as the Olympics of Kapa Haka, starts on Thursday at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park, renamed Kahungunu Park for this very special month.

Recent fires reinforce the need for residents to be prepared for Civil Defence events The fires which occurred in the Hastings District last week have served as a timely reminder that it is vital to be prepared for such events. After several days of significant rain, the Total Fire Ban has been stepped back, with a Restricted Fire Season now in place in the Hastings District, however it is vital that residents remain vigilant as there is still a fire risk in Hastings District.

Test results of the Waimarama water supply received today have come back clear. Work around inspections of the sites is nearing completion, as is the analysis of the operating information. This work is required to inform the processes required to enable to the removal the boil water status.
The Boil Water Notice remains in place until the investigations and discussions with health officials regarding the steps required to remove this are completed. We will continue to update the community regarding any changes.

Fire status back to restricted.

The Total Fire Ban across Hastings district has been stepped back to a Restricted Fire Season from today (February 20); however full fire bans remain in place in Napier City, Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa districts.Hastings District Council principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell said consistent rain across the district had “lawns, roadsides and gullies all greening up nicely”.
The Restricted Fire Season means those living in urban areas of Hastings can use their pizza ovens, cultural cooking fires such as hangi, and braziers without requiring a permit.

Further results from tests of the Waimarama water supply have come back clear today. The Boil Water Notice remains in place and Hastings District Council asset manager Craig Thew is asking Waimarama residents to remain patient while the full testing regime is completed. “As we have said we really do need to understand the cause; and we want enough clear tests that we can be confident the risk has been mitigated.” Steps taken so far include inspections of the reservoir, the spring site and the plant, the re-filling of the reservoir, additional water testing, and data analysis. This work is ongoing.

Results from some tests of the Waimarama water supply have been received today at 2.40pm. Those preliminary results from six sites across the Waimarama reticulation have come back clear for e-Coli, however the Boil Water Notice remains in force. Further tests results related to this incident are expected over coming days. It is important to note that the Boil Water Notice will continue until further notice, Hastings District Council asset manager Craig Thew said. “We need to understand what led to the e-Coli positive tests and until we do so a very conservative approach must stay in place. We are progressing with site investigations, data analysis and testing. That work will continue and we will not change the status until we are completely sure the water is safe to drink.”