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Napier City Council staff about to head off to an event to promote One for One.
This way: Council staff about to head off to an event to promote One for One.

The promotion of a safe drinking culture in both Napier and Hastings is something the cities’ councils are keen to support – and they are just as keen to hear the community’s ideas on how that can be achieved. Today marks day one of consultation on the revised Joint Alcohol Strategy, first adopted by Napier City and Hastings District Councils in 2011. Feedback on the revised strategy, which covers the period 2017-22, will be accepted up until Friday 8 September.

Orokohanga students from Camberley and Ebbett Park schools.
Magical music: It is amazing what can be achieved in a year; Camberley and Ebbett Park school year four students show off their classical music skills.

Fifteen months ago 17 youngsters picked up violins and cellos for the first time. Now there are 95 students at two schools in the music programme and their skills have reached the point where they have been able to stage their first public performance. The Orokohanga Music Trust programme teaches year four children from Camberley and Ebbett Park schools classical music while also building their confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

One year on from the Havelock North water gastro-outbreak, Hastings District Council has reiterated its “heart-felt sympathy” for all of those affected by the contamination of aquifer-source water feeding the Havelock North water supply. Council’s on-going top priority is delivering safe drinking water for our community, says Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst. 

Guilin dancers
Out there: Young Guilin performers dance at Te Aute college.

A visit by Guilin Children’s Palace performing arts students to Hastings reaches its crescendo tomorrow with a free public concert at the Blyth Performing Arts Centre at Iona College.A taste of what the public will see on Saturday was on show at a special visit to Te Aute College on Wednesday, where the 16-strong group of 10 to 12-year-olds and their accompanying adults were officially welcomed with a powhiri. Hastings District councillors Bayden Barber and Henare O’Keefe accompanied the visitors to the powhiri.

Havelock North Library
Facelift: The makeover of Havelock North Library starts in September.

The final plans for the revamp have been completed and the first of the work is due to start on September 4.The project means the library will have to be closed for a week from September 4 and for three weeks from October 2. At all times books will be able to be returned using the 24 hour returns slot. In between the closed times, the library will be open with as many services as possible available (including returns, issuing holds, internet and Wi-Fi access.

A fund to help people suffering from long-term illness following last year’s campylobacter outbreak has been set up through a partnership between Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. In June both councils confirmed that they would set up the fund to help support those people who had been impacted financially through suffering serious long-term illness lasting for longer than six months, related to the outbreak. The two councils had each contributed $100,000 to the fund.