The bells of Hastings clock tower will again ring out this Friday at 10.47am, marking the exact moment that 86 year ago a 7.8 magnitude earthquake took the lives of 256 people across Hawke’s Bay. It remains New Zealand’s deadliest earthquake, striking at 10.47am on Tuesday, February 3, 1931. It left the councils of the region, particularly Napier and Hastings, with the job of rebuilding the urban areas. Lesser damage was reported over an area stretching from Dannevirke to Gisborne.
News archive: January 2017
Buses will be stopping at the new central city bus stops in Eastbourne St from Thursday. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, which runs the Go Bus service, confirmed that it would be using the stops beside the new shelters built by Hastings District Council from February 2. The stops are outside the Hastings Library, about a block from the old bus shelters. The demolition of the old ones, outside the Heretaunga Women’s Rest, will start on Thursday.
Chlorine-free water filling stations will be up and running within three to four weeks, in Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North, Bridge Pa and Paki Paki. Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule today [January 30] announced that staff had found an effective, safe way to enable people who want to use chlorine-free water to be able to fill containers. The work involves selecting suitable points on the supply system for public filling stations in each of the areas, then adding carbon filters to remove chlorine and putting in taps to enable people to fill containers. Water meters will be added to monitor use and ensure filters are replaced as required.
Another 10 Chorus boxes are either completed or nearly there, bringing the total of beautified utility boxes across Hastings to 30. For each of the last three years Hastings District Council and telecommunications company Chorus have got together to choose artists for the commissions. Submitting artists need to supply a concept that relates to the area the box is in. One of the most popular art works this time around has been the “clean skins”, on a box near Watties in Frederick St. Artist Mary Bagnall had passersby stumped as she worked on the project, but she had received rapturous feedback since it became clear that her work represented unlabelled Watties’ cans.
Publicly thanking the amazing work that volunteers do across the Hastings district is a very important part of our culture, says Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. Nominations for the 2017 Civic Honours Awards opened this week. The awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations which have voluntarily contributed significantly to Hastings in one of the following categories: Arts and Culture, Health and Welfare, Sport and Recreation, Education and Youth, New Volunteer and Youth Volunteer.
Cleaning up graffiti in our district is an ongoing process and it does take water to remove it. Hastings District Council is currently using water tankers filled from bores not attached to the town supply for water blasting so the work can go on despite the water restrictions in place at the moment. Thursday’s water blasting will take place in the following areas: Manganaru Community Garden, Bledisloe St, Heretaunga St, Scott Drive, Te Mata Peak Rd, Beatty St and Hood St. “We understand that people are sensitive about the use of water at a time when we are imposing restrictions so we want to assure everyone that for this work we are not using drinking water from our town supply system,” said Council’s asset manager Craig Thew.
The next bunch of keen teens are needed to take up the seats around the Hastings Youth Council table. The positions are open to 16 to 19 year olds with an interest in what is going on in their district, particularly those things that affect their peers. Former youth councillors recommend the experience. “Being on the youth council taught me that there’s always so much work going on behind the scenes of every school, group, event and business,” said Joe Walding-Kataitana.
Near 1500 children from across New Zealand have spent much of January playing cricket in Hawke’s Bay at the annual Hawke’s Bay Cricket Camps. This year 135 teams from as far a-field as Auckland, Whakatane, New Plymouth and Wellington have played on wickets across the region including five in Hastings: Anderson, Windsor, Flaxmere, Cornwall and Frimley Parks. With the players come an estimated 3500 friends and family, all staying in Hawke’s Bay, adding an estimated $5 million to the local economy.
People are being warned not to swim at popular spots Patangata , Horseshoe Bend and Red Bridge in the Tukituki River following results received (January 20) which show increased levels of cyanobacteria mats (algal blooms). Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s weekly routine monitoring results, received today, show cyanobacteria mat coverage now at official health warning status ‘red’ for Patangata at 51.5% algal coverage, while Horseshore Bend and Red Bridge are categorised at ‘amber’ level, on the cusp of an official health alert, with coverage at 48% and 35% respectively. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health, Dr Caroline McElnay said people were not to swim at Patangata and were also advised to avoid swimming at Horseshoe Bend and Red Bridge given coverage levels remained on the rise.
The parts for the new water treatment facility that will enable one of the Brookvale pumps to be turned on again have been constructed across the globe. Some have arrived, including the UV plant, while others are either clearing customs in their home countries or on flights. It has been a mammoth task. Normally putting in a two-stage treatment plant of this size would take a year at minimum rather than the five months that this one is being completed in, says Hastings District Council assets manager Craig Thew.