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Before and after: LED lights will be spreading across Hastings over the next 15 months.
Before and after: LED lights will be spreading across Hastings over the next 15 months.

White, bright cost-saving lights are about to spread across the district, as Hastings District Council replaces the old Mercury vapour lights with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). With a confirmed central Government subsidy of 85 per cent for the $5.4 million project, the bulk of the more than 7000 streetlights in Hastings will be replaced over the next 15 months. The LEDs give off a much brighter and white light, which improves safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and are much cheaper to run.

An air curtain is being trialled in Waikōpiro Lake at Tūtira this summer as work continues towards improving the water quality in the area.
The trial is being undertaken as part of Te Waiū o Tūtira (the milk of Tūtira) project, which is a partnership between Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council aimed at improving the water quality and habitats in Waikōpiro and Tūtira Lakes. The area is one of six identified in the HBRC’s annual plan as environment hot spots needing attention. - HBRC

Hawke's Bay Opera House front doors
Safely stored: The impressive art deco stained glass front doors have been removed to keep them safe. They will be one of the last things to go back into the building when the strengthening work is finished in 2019.

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 the front entrance and the first-floor balcony. They have been stored to ensure they remain safe until the strengthening is completed, said Focus Project Management’s Herman Wismeyer.

Be safe: Free bike checks are on offer as the summer cycling season nears.

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 checks to help make sure everyone cycles safely. The ABC stands for Air in tyres, Brakes working, and Chain and crank operating as they should be. Any repairs identified by the checks will need to be paid for by the bike owner.

The Whakatu Arterial Link project is about to achieve some major milestones with work on State Highway 2 (SH2) due to be finished in about three weeks and the completion of the Karamu Stream diversion. The intersection at Pilcher Road/SH2 is about to be closed, with Pilcher Road being reconstructed to link up to the new SH2 roundabout. The reconstruction work on Pilcher Road includes widening of the road and drainage improvements. 

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 Environment to consider the application. Council is concerned that the WCO application, which recommends specific restrictions in relation to how water from these rivers can be used, would have a devastating effect on both the rural and urban economy and serious implications for how the Council supplies water across the district.