Getting creative with wool, dance classes, ‘zine’ workshops, costume making and, of course, book reading, are all on the list at the Hastings libraries for the winter school holidays. The staff at the three libraries - Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere - know it can be a bit harder entertaining the children during the winter school holidays when colder temperatures make outdoor activities that bit more difficult, and so they have gone all out to provide a huge range of things to do.
News archive: June 2016
Great Things Grow Here is an economic development platform for Hawke’s Bay. It is a vehicle that businesses and organisations can use to promote our region as the best place to do business, work and live. There have been some very big economic wins right across our region, especially over the last 12 months, and so it is the perfect time to capitalise on those successes.
Children have been climbing all over the new play equipment at the Frimley Park playground since its opening last week. The playground with a difference was designed with sensory play and universal access top of the innovation list. All the usual park elements are there, swings, slides and rope climbs, but there are also bright colours defining different areas - designed to help those with poor vision or with learning disabilities.
A call has gone out for help with the annual national bird survey. Hawke’s Bay residents are an important part of the annual Garden Bird Survey which is on again this year, from June 25 to July 3, says Regional Council biodiversity officer Rod Dickson. The regional council encourages locals to do the surveys, organised by Lancare Research, as a useful way to track the outcome of possum control programmes in rural and urban areas.
Being able to keep the rate increase very low and assist with a wide range of projects across the district though this year’s annual plan is a great outcome, says mayor Lawrence Yule. Hastings District Council this week went through the budget for the coming 12 months. The result was very pleasing, Mr Yule said.
Free parking in Hastings will continue for another six months and the cost will not be charged to ratepayers’ accounts. Hastings District Council decided today to continue the trial to December 30. “There is no doubt the vibe in the city is improved and the retail figures are excellent, and I think the majority of people like not having to use meters,” said mayor Lawrence Yule.
As the fence around the brand new Frimley Playground is about to come down a bunch of playground experts have checked it out from top to bottom – with one giving it a score of “10 out of 10”. Admittedly they are a bit older than the normal age group seen clambering up a rope climbing frame – but they have the credentials.
It’s official – Hawke’s Bay is at the top of the cycling tree. Napier has the named best urban cycle trail in the country and the Hastings and Napier Urban Cycleways, Napier Trails and Hawke’s Bay Cycle Trails all made it into the top 11 for best places to cycle in New Zealand.
A trial of Council-supplied recycling bins has worked wonders, nearly tripling the rate of recycling in the trial area. Recycling bins were issued to 150 houses across four streets in Raureka in February. The recycling rate prior to the rollout of the bins in those streets was sitting at 28 per cent of homes. Now, four months later, 74 per cent of homes are consistently recycling.
Fire will be a big part of the one-off winter Hastings City Night Market celebrating Matariki next week. The Hastings City Mall will come alive from 5pm until 8pm on Thursday June 9 with street food trucks, free entertainment and arts and crafts.