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An artist’s impression of the new facilities in Te Mata Park.
8 June 2017

The building of a visitor shelter and information centre, toilet, and car park in Te Mata Park can get underway immediately after Government announced funding for the project today. Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett announced this morning that the Hastings project would receive $380,000. The news was “fantastic”, said Hastings District councillor George Lyons. As soon as contractors can be arranged, work will start on site preparation for the car park, information kiosk and toilets, going in at the main gates. A bike wash facility and toilet will be built at the Tauroa Rd park entrance. Both areas will include drinking water taps. The plan also includes landscaping.

Artist Brandon Blair completes the Wattie’s mural.
6 June 2017

Checking out the historic Wattie’s can labels was an important part of preparing for painting a massive mural on the rear of the canning company’s Tomoana Rd Plant. “It was really interesting; seeing the style and colours and realising that you remember those labels from when you were a kid,” said artist Brandon Blair. “It is a real look of its time, and it’s awesome to see that history out of the archive and up in the public eye.” He was charged with recreating, on the 20m by 3m brick wall, an artwork celebrating Wattie’s more than 80 years history in the district, prepared by designer Alan Passchier. It features a Wattie’s label from the 1960s.

Honours recipients 2017
4 June 2017

Big thank you to our volunteersOne group and four individuals were recognised last week [May 31], at a Civic Honours Awards ceremony held in the Hastings District Council Chambers. The awards are presented annually to recognise volunteers in Hastings who have devoted their time and energy to making a difference in our communities. The official ceremony started with a haka pōwhiri with the resonating call of the pūtatara [conch shell] signalling the recipients to make their way into Council chambers  where their family and friends waited.

Councillors at Lyndhurst development
4 June 2017

​Getting a first-hand look at the level of development across Hastings was the focus for Hastings councillors on Wednesday. Three councils are party to the Heretaunga Plains Urban Design Strategy (HPUDS): Hastings, Napier, and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The councils are considering a review of the strategy, which governs development across Hastings and Napier, recommended by a Joint Working Group of elected members from the three councils last year.

Ground penetrating radar scan of the Brookvale bore area.
2 June 2017

Improving our understanding of the Hawke’s Bay aquifers - the way they are filled, the cap that keeps them safe, and the effects of drawing off water from them - is crucial to a raft of decisions that need to be made around drinking water supplies. The latest science and technology have been used to investigate the underground water sources over the last six months, and some unexpected results have been discovered. New technology would continue to be employed, including using aerial mapping to reach 400m below the surface later this year.

1 June 2017

The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge will remain closed this week as work continues to repair a damaged retaining wall, and another small slip is cleared. Transport Agency Highway Manager Ross I’Anson says a small new slip has left about 60m3  of material on the road, which will be cleared by Friday. The slip is about 6.4km from the Woodville end of the Gorge and approximately 60 meters from the large slip that closed the gorge road on the 24th April. Mr I’Anson says progress is being made on repairs to a damaged retaining wall on the river side of the road near Kerry’s Wall, 4.5km from the Ashhurst turn off, which has been the site of several slips since the closure of the road on April 24.

HDC dog registration champ Reggie
1 June 2017

Snapping a selfie with your pooch might pay off. Hastings District Council is running a pet selfie competition to raise awareness of the need to register dogs by July 1. All entries will go into a draw to have their registration fee for one dog refunded. Every year at this time, Council sends out letters to all known dog owners reminding them of their yearly obligation to register their dogs. This year there are 12,660 known dogs in the Hastings district, owned by 8707 people.

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.


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