News archive: December 2013

20 December 2013

A new glass recycling container has been placed at the Martin Place recycling depot in Havelock North.

The container is identical to the one that was installed in the Waimarama Domain last week and will allow users to split their recycling into brown, green and clear glass.

Hastings District Council Waste Minimisation Officer Dominic Salmon says “The amount of glass recycled at Martin Place traditionally increases by 60% over the festive season and this new, purpose designed 20 foot container will allow the operation to be more efficient by reducing the number of truck movements required to cater for this increase in demand.”

17 December 2013

A gas to energy power plant is to be constructed at the Omarunui Landfill in Hawke’s Bay.

Hastings District Council (HDC) and Napier City Council (NCC) have completed negotiations which will see the methane gas, which is created from the waste, sold to drive a 1Megawatt power generator. Pioneer Generation Limited will fund the construction of the power plant, which is expected to be operational in October/December 2014.

16 December 2013

A new Christmas star has been installed in Hastings CBD. 

The decoration has been placed on the roundabout at the intersection of Heretaunga Street East and Hastings Streets following an assessment of the current CBD Christmas decorations revealed that many were at the end of their useful life. The decoration has been created by world renowned Whakatu based artist David Trubridge.

12 December 2013

A modified 20ft shipping container will become the glass recycling receptacle for Waimarama over the summer holidays.

The container has been placed in the Waimarama Domain car park and has been modified to allow the collection of brown, green and clear glass bottles and jars.

Hastings District Council Waste Minimisation planner Angela Atkins says “Council is trialling this portable recycling container through until February. Waimarama is an extremely popular holiday destination at this time of the year and there is generally a large amount of glass which has been difficult to manage, with a lot ending up in the landfill as part of the general rubbish collection.”

11 December 2013

A new programme is to be trialled in Hastings which will support local young people as they make the transition from school to employment.

Hastings District Council has partnered with the Youth Futures Trust to pilot Youth Link, an innovative programme which will support young people when they leave school. School leavers will be contacted on a regular basis to check on their progress into further study or employment and encourage them to make positive decisions on their future.


11 December 2013

Family history librarian for Auckland Libraries, Seonaid (Shona) Lewis, will share her knowledge and expertise during an evening on family history at the Hastings War Memorial Library on Thursday 16 January at 5.30pm.

Seonaid is based in the Central Auckland Research Centre and is responsible for an extensive international family history collection and a hugely busy outreach programme.

Local genealogist and heritage advisor Lily Baker says the free evening talks will cover both Family History at Auckland Libraries and Social Media for Family Historians.

10 December 2013

Hastings will welcome 31 new New Zealanders at a citizenship ceremony to be held on Wednesday 11th December 2013, from 6 pm in the Hastings District Council Chambers.

The candidates’ nationalities are as follows:
British                 16
South African      1
Indian                   3
Samoan              6
French                 1
Thai                     1
Tongan               2
Malaysian           1

6 December 2013

Hastings District and Napier City have moved to a restricted fire season. (Monday 9th December 8am)

Despite some rain in the past two weeks, the undergrowth in parts of Hastings District and Napier City is very dry, and there have been a number of potentially serious fires.

For advice on fires or anyone on a rural property who is contemplating lighting a fire should contact their Council on (06) 871 5000 for Hastings or (06) 8357579 for Napier.

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