News archive: August 2013

30 August 2013

Detailed planning is well under way for the $2m upgrade of the Clive War Memorial Swimming Pool. The plans for the upgrade were included in the Hastings District Aquatic Strategy which was approved by Council in March 2011.

Acting Group Manager Community Facilities and Programmes Craig Thew says “The primary focus of the upgrade will be to improve the water quality in the pool, with changes to the filtration, pipework, and pumps. There will also be work done on the efficiency of the heating and air handling system, making the atmosphere for all users more enjoyable. The project will also include the replacement of the roof of the building and sections of the external walls.”

The rebuild project will take between 5 and 6 months to complete.

30 August 2013

A monetary bequest, administered by Hastings District Council has helped bring two students from Zhongshan Middle School in Guilin to study at local high schools.

Nova Lowe left $28,380 in her will to “assist in the education in New Zealand of students from Guilin.” Yuting Huang and Kelin Li are the first to arrive in Hastings from Zhongshan Middle School which is a sister school to Hastings Girls’ High School. The students travel costs have been covered by the bequest.

Nova Elizabeth Lowe died on 6 January 2005, and was a member of the Hawkes’ Bay Branch of the New Zealand China Friendship Society.  She visited China on a trip organised by Fred Chu in 1995.

29 August 2013

A fair is being planned to coincide with the renaming of Clive Ski Reserve as the Evers-Swindell Reserve.

The reserve is to be renamed in honour of the achievements of retired Hawkes Bay rowers Caroline Meyer and Georgina Earl (nee Evers-Swindell).

The Clive community fair will include an official ceremony which will mark the renaming of the reserve. The event is to be held on Sunday 29th September starting at 10am.

21 August 2013

The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority has ordered the suspension of the liquor licence of a country hotel in Hawke’s Bay, following a purchase operation in March 2013 during which liquor was sold to two 17 year olds by the barman.

Fourteen premises in the wider Hastings area were checked, and the Te Aute Hotel was the only premises to fail the purchase operation which was carried out by Police, Hastings District Council and District Health Board staff.

The hotel’s licence has been suspended for seven days from 7.00 am Monday 16th September 2013 to 7.00 am Monday 23rd September 2013, and the duty manager’s certificate has been suspended for four weeks.

13 August 2013

Hastings will welcome 30 new New Zealanders at a citizenship ceremony to be held on Wednesday 14th August 2013, from 6 pm in the Hastings District Council Chambers.

The candidates’ nationalities are as follows:
Iraqi                                      1
Indonesian                         1
Samoan                               6
British                                   9
Papua New Guinean        1
Indian                                   8
Malaysian                            1
Thai                                      3

Children at the planting of an oak tree at Queens Square, Hastings
13 August 2013

An oak tree is to be planted in Hastings Queen’s Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the Second. 

In 1897, an oak tree was planted in Queen’s Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Victoria and tomorrow’s event will continue the commemoration of historic events in Hastings.

The oak tree planting will be held on Wednesday 14th August at 3pm in Queen’s Square.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

7 August 2013

Nominations for candidates wishing to stand in this year’s local authority elections close at 12noon on Friday, 16 August

Electoral Officer Richard Palmer says anyone wishing to stand as a candidate for Hastings District Council, the Hastings District Rural Community Board, Flaxmere Licensing Trust or Hawke’s Bay District Health Board should get their nominations in well before the 16 August deadline.

“Don’t forget that we have to check your nomination to ensure that it is valid so if you leave your nomination to the last minute and there is an error or something lacking you may not have time to correct it before nominations close.”

6 August 2013

Havelock North will soon have a new i-SITE, following Hastings District Council purchase of the existing Visitor Information Centre business in the centre of the village.

Promotions and Marketing Portfolio Leader, Cr Sandra Hazlehurst says “A new i-SITE will be created in the existing building and will be manned, full time by a trained i-SITE staff member. Havelock North is a significant gateway for tourists, and we believe that the development of a full service i-SITE will help further enhance the visitor experience.”

Cr Sandra Hazlehurst says “The new operation will extend our presence in the district, (from the existing i-SITE in Hastings) and will have a positive impact on local businesses in the tourism sector, as well as the wider economy.”

2 August 2013

Chlorination of the Havelock North supply will cease from Friday 2 August.

Test results over the last week have all been clear and confirm that the supply is contamination free.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board has given approval that we can resume normal operation without the need to chlorinate the supply but residents may still notice residual amounts of chlorine over the next couple of days, as it works its way out of the system.


2 August 2013

The chapel at Hastings cemetery has reopened following some building alterations.

The chapel was closed in October 2012 due to its earthquake assessment and concern that some of the construction was a risk to users. A number of low cost, interim improvements have been made that will reduce the risk to users and make the chapel available for use by the community again.

The chapel will be available for services from Monday 5th August 2013.

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