News archive: May 2017

With Deputy Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst are new life members, from left, Trevor Mitchell, Gordon Foster, Russell Anderson, Paul Hawke and John Gadsby surrounded by their volunteer firefighter peers.
31 May 2017

There has been no shortage of blazes to put out for our volunteer rural fire fighters over the last couple of months, and they have proved to be real heroes. At an awards ceremony this month, the Heretaunga Rural Fire Force volunteers held their biennial awards dinner, recognising the efforts team members put into protecting the community. Six honourary life memberships were presented to: John Gadsby, Allan Coombs, Russell Anderson, Paul Hawke, Trevor Mitchell and Gordon Foster. Two and fiver-year bars were also presented.

Zeal's Rezpect Dance Academy youngsters
30 May 2017

Projects that help the elderly spot scams, give youth a safe gathering place while they learn hip hop, and build a walking trail around one of our beautiful areas are amongst those to receive a grant from Hastings District Council. Each year Council allocates cash to charitable causes that provide services to people in our district. The criteria are designed to ensure the projects assist with Council’s aims, set out in its Long Term Plan. This year the budget was $278,065 and last week the Council committee in charge of approving the grants committed just over $250,000 to 22 groups.

29 May 2017

As the work to get water and sewer services to Irongate nears completion, interest in the industrial area is ramping up. Escalating growth in the pip fruit industry has led to increased need for packing and cool store facilities. The building of a pack house and cool store for Sunfruit Orchards Limited has started, and others are closely investigating the area. Other likely candidates include logistics businesses, transport companies and wholesalers. Bringing sewerage and water to the zone has made a huge difference, says Hastings District Council’s economic growth group manager Craig Cameron.

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. 

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