News archive: August 2017

Napier City Council staff about to head off to an event to promote One for One.
15 August 2017

The promotion of a safe drinking culture in both Napier and Hastings is something the cities’ councils are keen to support – and they are just as keen to hear the community’s ideas on how that can be achieved. Today marks day one of consultation on the revised Joint Alcohol Strategy, first adopted by Napier City and Hastings District Councils in 2011. Feedback on the revised strategy, which covers the period 2017-22, will be accepted up until Friday 8 September.

Orokohanga students from Camberley and Ebbett Park schools.
14 August 2017

Fifteen months ago 17 youngsters picked up violins and cellos for the first time. Now there are 95 students at two schools in the music programme and their skills have reached the point where they have been able to stage their first public performance. The Orokohanga Music Trust programme teaches year four children from Camberley and Ebbett Park schools classical music while also building their confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

14 August 2017

One year on from the Havelock North water gastro-outbreak, Hastings District Council has reiterated its “heart-felt sympathy” for all of those affected by the contamination of aquifer-source water feeding the Havelock North water supply. Council’s on-going top priority is delivering safe drinking water for our community, says Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst. 

Guilin dancers
11 August 2017

A visit by Guilin Children’s Palace performing arts students to Hastings reaches its crescendo tomorrow with a free public concert at the Blyth Performing Arts Centre at Iona College.A taste of what the public will see on Saturday was on show at a special visit to Te Aute College on Wednesday, where the 16-strong group of 10 to 12-year-olds and their accompanying adults were officially welcomed with a powhiri. Hastings District councillors Bayden Barber and Henare O’Keefe accompanied the visitors to the powhiri.

Havelock North Library
9 August 2017

The final plans for the revamp have been completed and the first of the work is due to start on September 4.The project means the library will have to be closed for a week from September 4 and for three weeks from October 2. At all times books will be able to be returned using the 24 hour returns slot. In between the closed times, the library will be open with as many services as possible available (including returns, issuing holds, internet and Wi-Fi access.

9 August 2017

A fund to help people suffering from long-term illness following last year’s campylobacter outbreak has been set up through a partnership between Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. In June both councils confirmed that they would set up the fund to help support those people who had been impacted financially through suffering serious long-term illness lasting for longer than six months, related to the outbreak. The two councils had each contributed $100,000 to the fund.

Proposed Iona re-zoning
8 August 2017


Initial plans to rezone land for new neighbourhoods in Havelock North have been released and they include two new green spaces – one a park; the other a reserve. The draft plan preserves what is locally known as Bull Hill; home to a large outdoor sculpture of a bull. It was fashioned from chains found at the Whakatu freezing works by the late artist William Jameson. The two-hectare park could potentially include a neighbourhood playground made from natural materials and a small wetland.

Chorus box on the corner of Lowe St and Orchard Rd, by artist Melysa Tapiata.
4 August 2017


It is time for Hastings’ artists to get their thinking caps on again. Another five utility boxes are about to become canvases for local artists, taking the number across the district to 35. Hastings District Council has an agreement with Chorus, the telecommunications company that owns many of the utility boxes around the district’s streets. That sees council and Chorus staff choose the final artworks from artists’ submissions. The works have to be relevant to the area in which they are sited.

Ellison Rd
4 August 2017


The end is in sight for the underground services, footpath and road upgrade along Karamu Road. The work has taken longer than expected because of wet weather and decisions to add the replacement of a water pipe in Ellison Rd and a section of shallow pipe in Karamu Rd to the project. The underground services work will be completed by the end of next week after which the replacement of the road surface will be started.  That would take about three weeks, with the final seal timed to be laid on September 1, weather dependent.

Hawke's Bay Opera House and art fence.
1 August 2017


The Hawke’s Bay Opera House strengthening project starts this week, with successful tenderer Gemco Construction taking over the site from today. The work will start with the removal of the art from the safety fence on the Hastings side of the building over the next two days, to give contractors clear access. The art will be carefully stored until it is reinstated within the precinct. The Heretaunga St artwork will remain in place in the meantime.


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