News archive: May 2017

23 May 2017

New water mains are about to be laid under two roads in Hastings, with the latest drilling techniques used to keep disruption to the minimum possible. Retailers along Heretaunga St, between the Stortford Lodge roundabout and Nelson Street have all been individually advised and added to an email database so they can be kept up-to-date with progress. The Heretaunga Street project includes a new trunk water main, a renewal of an existing local water main and a sewer renewal in Gallian St. The second project is on Te Mata Rd in Havelock North, from Karanema Dr to Durham Dr and St Hill Lane. Residents along the road have been advised and a public meeting held at which they could ask questions about the work.

22 May 2017

“Drawing all the strings together” to get a full understanding of just where our water comes from, where it goes, and how it should be managed, is behind the calling of next week’s water symposium. Nearly 30 speakers will address the public symposium, being held over two days (June 1 and 2) at the Peak Vision Church, Te Mata Mangateretere Road, Havelock North. Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule says it is important to improve the whole community’s knowledge around the complexities of the aquifer, the management of it, and the demands on it. “We know the importance of our water but what we want to do is to dramatically improve everyone’s understanding of our natural water systems."

Tasted sandwich
12 May 2017

With just days to go until entries close, two more Hawke’s Bay epicureans have registered to serve up their ultimate toasted sandwich as part of new Winter F.A.W.C! event Toasted! Toasted! will bring together six local foodies battling it out to create their own version of that crispy, buttery, gooey Kiwi classic – the toastie. The event, to be held in a market-style atmosphere at Shed 1,  in Riddell Street, Ahuriri, was launched as part of the Winter F.A.W.C! programme a fortnight ago.

Get the gear: Mayor Lawrence Yule dishes out discs to kids about to have a go., Shot: Flaxmere school students were among the first to try out the new disc golf course on Flaxmere Park.,  How to: Disc golf aficionado Ryan Kitto gives students some pointers before they tackle the nine hole course.
12 May 2017

Anyone can play disc golf: It is low impact and suitable for all shapes, sizes and ages, says a man who is passionate about the sport. But be warned, Ryan Kitto says, “It’s very addictive”. Mr Kitto drove up from his Woodville home on Wednesday (May 10) for the opening of Hawke’s Bay’s first disc golf course on Flaxmere Park.

12 May 2017

Major Hawke’s Bay businesses have thrown their support behind the Be Safe Be Seen campaign being run by iWay over the next few weeks.
The annual campaign encourages cyclists, walkers and runners to have the correct equipment – lights, bright clothing and other reflective gear – if they are out and about in the early mornings and evenings.
Napier Port, Mr Apple, Pan Pac, Heinz Watties and Mitre 10 Mega, which all have significant numbers of staff who commute to work on bikes, will be visited by the iWay crew. 

From left are netballers Asher Grapes Netball and Imke Kitchen, and hockey players Olivia Ward and Grace Gibson.
11 May 2017

After just six months a bunch of talented young Hawke’s Bay athletes are rapt with how much stronger and fitter they are after taking part in a new high performance programme, not previously available in Hawke’s Bay. They are also loving working with like-minded teens across a range of sporting codes. Traditionally, their training has focussed on their sport and running – now they also take part in a conditioning regime which, among other things, leaves them less prone to injury. They also understand a lot more about their bodies’ nutritional needs at different points in their sporting preparation.

10 May 2017

The Hastings District Council has welcomed the findings of the Government Inquiry into the contamination event that affected Havelock North’s water supply in August 2016. Mayor Lawrence Yule particularly acknowledged the Inquiry findings regarding the cause of the contamination which was based on the work of the science caucus established by the Inquiry. “The findings indicate the very strong probability that the gastro outbreak was caused by contaminated surface water from a pond in the headwaters of the Mangateretere Stream entering into what was previously believed to be a secure aquifer through a hole in the confining layer,” said Mayor Yule. 

Councillor Kevin Watkins, left, receives his winning certificate from regional manager Frank Gibbons on Friday.
9 May 2017

Huge accolades have been dished out for Hastings’ world-first competition, The Amazing China Face Race, designed to spark a long-term interest in China in Hastings’ teens. An added benefit was that for six nights scenery and interviews from Hastings were broadcast by a television station reaching the 10 million people living in Mianyang. The Amazing China Face Race took top prize in the best youth, education or school project in the national 2017 Sister City Awards on Friday night. Announcing the win, Air New Zealand regional manager Frank Gibbons said the Hastings competition set an extremely high standard and was an example of what could be done with imagination and vision.

Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs graduate Steve Tahu
8 May 2017

Steve Tahu is glad his days as a seasonal part-time worker are long behind him. Steve, who recently earned an NCEA National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4, was one of more than 50 graduates from a range of industries who attended a special Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs graduation ceremony at Lindisfarne College, Hastings, last week. The annual ceremony celebrates the success of people who have completed training while working; through courses, apprenticeships and cadetships.

Tainui Reserve Care Group
1 May 2017

Almost 300 plants including some that will grow into massive native trees have been settled into their new homes in Tainui Reserve, Havelock North. The weather on Sunday was perfect for planting (warm and wet), and about 25 people from the new Tainui Reserve Care Group spent a solid two hours planting kauri, kahikatea, giant redwoods and wetland plants.

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