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Councillor George Lyons at the Kimi Ora exhibition; HCAG
Big picture: Kimi Ora Community School’s involvement with the Hastings City Art Gallery is part of a much bigger plan to give the students a broad range of experiences across the district, says school board chairman and Hastings District councillor George Lyons. “As well as making sure they have the required literacy and numeracy skills, the board want them to have as many new experiences as we possibly can. Many of these children do not venture far from their neighbourhood and we believe it is important to ensure they reach high school and adulthood at ease with a range of facilities and experiences. The photography programme is part of that and, as we can see from the exhibition, it is very positive for our youngsters.”

Their eyes are sparkling and their grins are wide – and they are all over the walls of Hastings City Art Gallery. The culmination of five weeks work by Kimi Ora Community School students with internationally acclaimed “rock star” photographer Edith Amituanai has morphed into a full exhibition. Two thirds of the art on show is by the mainly 10 and 11 year olds. The exhibition, #keeponkimiora, opened this month [June 15], with a bus load of the students arriving for the 5.30pm opening to see their work on the walls of the gallery for the first time

Windsor Park
Big park: A long term plan for Windsor Park, in the middle of Hastings, is being put together and Council wants ideas from residents.

Ideas for the future of Windsor Park in the middle of Hastings are rolling in and there is still more than a week to go before submissions close. The 26 hectare park includes sports fields off both Sylvan Road and Windsor Ave, the disused Sylvan Rd netball courts, buildings currently used by community organisations including MenzShed and the Coffin Club, a skating rink, the Windsor Park Stream with its two historic bridges, and the new Lions Playground on the corner of Sylvan Rd and Grove Rd.

Havelock North High School students with Napier Port’s container terminal manager Adam Harvey, left, and Hastings District Council economic development manager Lee Neville. The third Dragon was Napier City Council’s economic development manager James Rowe.
Winners: Havelock North High School students discuss their winning Colour Hawke’s Bay business with two of the three Dragons, Napier Port’s container terminal manager Adam Harvey, left, and Hastings District Council economic development manager Lee Neville. The third Dragon was Napier City Council’s economic development manager James Rowe.

More than 200 students in 50-plus teams from 12 Hawke’s Bay secondary schools are about to tackle the hard end of their year in the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). By now they have registered their companies with YES, come up with a product or service, spent time with their mentors, researched any laws or bylaws they need to comply with (particularly related to food and drink), presented their idea in the ‘Dragons’ Den’, and formatted business and communications plans. In June they will launch their products having organised production and planned the sales process, before preparing their annual review at the end of the competition.

Rural fire fighter teams
Thanks people: A celebration of decades of efforts by volunteer rural firefighters.

It was a triple celebration on Wednesday night [June 21] for volunteers from the Hastings’ 13 rural fire forces. In a nationwide change, rural fire authorities and the New Zealand Fire Service are joining together to create Fire Emergency New Zealand from July 1. Until now, rural forces across New Zealand have been managed by councils or their equivalents going back to the early 1900s. In Hawke’s Bay the oldest rural unit is Waimarama, set up in 1953. Last week’s celebration gave Hastings District Council the opportunity to thank the volunteers before the change, for their considerable efforts in keeping the district safe and putting out blazes over more than 64 years.

 iWay reps at Mr Apple during Be Safe Be Seen month.
Better on bikes: iWay reps visited work places spreading the safe cycling message during Be Safe Be Seen month.

A lot of cyclists will be safer on the road at dusk, after 279 sets of bike lights were given out during this year’s Be Safe Be Seen month. The Napier and Hastings iWay cycle teams, Police and Road Safe HB, with help from volunteers from Sport Hawkes Bay, USO Riders, Napier Community Patrol and Iron Maori, manned spots around the two cities over four weeks to talk to cyclists and walkers about safety, and give out lights to those without them. The teams also had reflective bag covers, reflective spoke and wrist bands and vests to give out.

Domed roof option for Plaza
Dome: A domed wooden and composite roof for the Plaza is one of four options.

The next step on the way to making the Plaza a more usable space was taken today, when Hastings councillors considered new roof options for the facility. In extensive public consultation last year residents asked that a permanent roof be built onto the space, replacing the canvas retractable version in place since 2007. The chosen option should make the space flexible, weatherproof and provide good acoustics. As part of the project the differing floor levels would be altered, to allow for a larger range of events to be held.