News archive: November 2016

Prize winner Julie Hart, centre, flanked by councillors Adrienne Pierce, left, and Sandra Hazlehurst inside The Eastbourne.
30 November 2016

The entertainment space off the Opera House Plaza has a brand new name: The Eastbourne. The winner of a competition to name the space was announced on Friday. Julie Hart, the manager of Hastings Women’s Refuge, was thrilled to win the naming competition. Her prize is a catered dinner for up to 10 people in The Eastbourne. Ms Hart’s entry beat 120 submissions.

Frimley Pool
29 November 2016

Frimley Pool is in the process of being filled with the help of the Hastings Girls High School, and kids will be able to splash about in it very shortly. Paint work on the pools was finished last week and now water is flowing in. Normally the pools would have been filled from the town supply but given the water use restrictions the neighbouring high school offered to fill the pools from its private bore.

24 November 2016

Record high water use means the pumps drawing water from the aquifer into reservoirs feeding Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere cannot keep up with demand. The situation is critical and a sprinkler ban is in force from today. “There is not a shortage of water – there is plenty of water in the aquifer. The issue is that we have used an extremely large amount of water in the last week, and the pumps cannot go fast enough to keep up with demand. They are at capacity,” said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. He said that the Brookfield bores being closed was contributing to the issue. “We are working hard to get one more bore open by Christmas which will ease the situation, but in the meantime we need everyone to pull together on this. We really need to help each other.”

23 November 2016

Record high water use and low rain forecasts mean the community is being asked to make “serious efforts” to conserve water. Last weekend’s water use from the town supply that feeds Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere was the highest in five years. Some residents in elevated parts of the urban area are already being affected by low water pressures, caused by bore pumps not being able to keep up with demand. “We really need to make serious efforts to conserve water, particularly outdoors which is typically where the greatest use is in hot weather,” said a Hastings District Council spokesperson.

Bring them in: Recycling centre staff Querida Wilkins and Bubs Tikitiki are ready and waiting to take old and unneeded children’s car seats. They can be dropped off for recycling for free in Hastings.
22 November 2016

Almost every part of a child’s car seat is recyclable – and in Hastings they can be recycled free of charge. More than 40,000 child car restraints reach their ‘use by’ date each year in New Zealand.  Most end up in a landfill, despite more than 90 per cent of a typical seat being recyclable.  Seatsmart is New Zealand’s only child car seat recycling programme.

Come on in: Seventy staff from Wellington will join their Hastings counterparts while their earthquake-damaged building is repaired.
22 November 2016

A warm welcome is being extended to Kiwibank staff who are temporarily relocating to Hastings after access to their building in Wellington was temporarily compromised in last week’s earthquake. Seventy staff from out of the region will be located short term into the Hastings Kiwibank regional office. Welcome packs are being prepared for them at the Hastings i-SITE. The relocated staff are working on critical functions to ensure customer needs are meet, said Kiwibank spokesman Bruce Thompson.

18 November 2016

Hastings District Council confirms that the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has today issued a prosecution against it under the Resource Management Act for a technical breach of its Resource Consent conditions for taking water from Brookvale Bores No.1 and No.2. Council is taking advice in relation to this matter. Mayor Lawrence Yule said “It is disappointing with the Government Inquiry about to start that the Regional Council has pre-empted that process by taking this prosecution action. Hastings District Council believes it is for the Inquiry to determine the causes of the contamination event.”

Job well done: Celebrating the purchase are, from left, Napier mayor Bill Dalton, former MP Chris Tremain, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule, Hastings councillor Tania Kerr, former owners Anne and Bill Perry and regional council chairman Rex Graham.
18 November 2016

A little piece of paradise will remain forever in public hands after a two hectare section of beachfront land was bought by three councils: Napier, Hastings and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The councils each contributed $300,000 to the purchase of the Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park, buying the land, buildings and business, with the ownership sitting with the regional council. A lease of the camping business will ensure it continues as a favourite camping spot and pays for its own costs and a clause means the land can never be sold into private hands.

Squirt at Tiny Tots toddler programme.
17 November 2016

Little ones will descend on Splash Planet en masse on three Wednesdays again this season, with Splash Planet’s Tiny Tots programme starting next week (November 23). Splash Planet opened for the season on Monday (November 14). Introduced last year, Tiny Tots provides a great value morning out for under five year olds to experience what Splash Planet has to offer its younger guests, as well as plenty of extra entertainment just for them, says Splash Planet manager Peran Hutchings.

Banded dotterel chicks and egg
16 November 2016

A desire by the community to protect the beach at East Clive will see a harder line taken on those flouting rules banning vehicles from the beach. From next month Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will be increasing its policing of the beach areas in an effort to stop people driving on the beach.  It will also be issuing trespass notices to repeat offenders. Regional council open spaces manager Steve Cave says while vehicles have been prohibited from driving on the beach since 2003, a number of people have been flouting the rules, primarily to drive to their favoured fishing possies.

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