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Members of The Havelock North Village Lions Club
Clean up: The Havelock North Village Lions Club cleaned up the River Rd area alongside the Tukituki River.

Gloves were donned and rubbish sacks filled by members of The Havelock North Village Lions Club, supported by Hastings District Council. The crew, with an average age of 70, cleared rubbish along the Tukituki River, in the River Rd area. Their initiative was part of the Lions International’s ‘Worldwide Week of Service to Protect our Planet’, celebrating 100 years of Lions Clubs across the world.

Windsor Park cyclone damage
Trees down: There is another two to three weeks work to finish cleaning up after Cyclone Cook.

Two weeks on from Cyclone Cook the cleaning up of the district is well advanced but there is still a lot of work to do, especially in the district’s parks. It had been a massive job, with more than 80 per cent of Hastings’ 170 parks and reserves needing attention. Some had been particularly hard hit. “It is still a bit of a battle and we are asking for patience,” said Hastings District Council parks manager Colin Hosford.

Wood piles are being placed in each of the three main centres in Hastings, with residents able to help themselves. Hastings District Council staff are cutting trees knocked over by Cyclone Cook into manageable rings and dropping them at sites in Flaxmere, Havelock North and Hastings. “There won’t always be firewood there; it will be dropped off as our clean up teams deal with trees across the region,” said parks manager Colin Hosford. Council says people have to put the rings in their vehicles and take them home to chop up. Chainsaws and axes should not be taken to the sites, he said.

Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market
Great result: Recycling has hit a huge high at the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market.

Nearly 100 per cent of the rubbish from the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market is now composted or recycled – a massive success for the teams driving the initiative. Four months ago a Waste Not initiative was introduced at the market, aimed at reducing the annual 6.5 tonnes of rubbish going to the landfill by 80 per cent. Inside of four months that target had been well and truly beaten, with 90.5 per cent being either composted or recycled.​

The Boil Water Notice for residents taking their water supply from the Hastings District Council Esk system has been lifted today. The notice affected residents in the Esk Ridge and East Ridge (Kanuka Cliffs) areas attached to the Esk water supply. The results of a test taken on April 11 showed E-coli in the water supply. Council immediately flushed the system and chlorinated it. Since then daily test results had come back clear and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board assessors today approved the lifting of the Boil Water Notice.

ANZAC Day 2015
Dawn: Crowds gather at a Dawn Service in Hastings.

Once again our people will gather on ANZAC Day to pay their respects to our service people who have partaken in wars across the world. The commemorations will take place at points across the district, organised by our Returned Services Associations. The Dawn Service will start at 5.15am with a march from Karamu Rd to the cenotaph in Civic Square, followed by morning services across the district.