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Snow photo
14 July 2017

The New Zealand Transport Authority re-opened State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd) today at 2.30pm. Local roads in Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa, as well as some state highways, continue to be affected by snow and rain.

14 July 2017

The New Zealand Transport Authority re-opened State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd) today at 2.30pm. Local roads in Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa, as well as some state highways, continue to be affected by snow and rain.

14 July 2017

Due to inclement weather conditions, the main route to Napier through the Napier/Taupo Road has been closed. Unfortunately, this means the Speakeasy Burlesque has been postponed. Here is an official update from the producer.

 “We've put this off for as long as we can but in the end, the weather has beaten us and we're going to have to postpone this weekend's Speakeasy Burlesque show in Napier. Many of our performers can't leave their homes and those that can face the prospect of getting trapped in Taupo or other outposts throughout the North Island as the weather worsens and more roads remain or are newly closed.  - Art Deco Trust

Splash Planet
13 July 2017

It has been another great year for Splash Planet, with almost 113,000 people through the gates over its six month season. That was the highest number in four years and the second highest in 17 years. The financial report for the season had not yet been completed and will be presented to Hastings District Council in September. Season highlights included the annual Ngati Kahungunu Iwi day, bringing 3434 into the park, and a day during the national kapa haka competition Te Matatini, which saw over 2237 contestants and supporters making the most of the action.

Snow in Poukawa
13 July 2017

An operation is underway to rescue around a dozen motorists who have got their vehicles stuck on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo. The highway remains closed until further notice due to heavy snow and ice. Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management is working with Police and the New Zealand Transport Authority to rescue the motorists and transport them to safety. - HBCDEM

Councillor Damon Harvey and Acting Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst., Pocket Park first concept drawings
12 July 2017

A new pocket park will pop up in our city before the end of the year. The new green space will also act as a pedestrian connection between Heretaunga St and the Queen St West car park. The site is 10 metres wide and 30 metres long, which means there is ample space to design a perfect inner city green space. The landscaping plan is still at the concept stage, however it will include seating areas, gardens, shelter and art work. The park will be in the space currently occupied by Buy4Less and previously State Insurance, at 325 Heretaunga St West.

10 July 2017

Results received over the last five days from tests of the Whirinaki water supply have returned clear of E. Coli. Drinking Water Assessors have confirmed that the Boil Water Notice issued last week can be lifted today. The Boil Water Notice was issued and chlorine put into the supply last Tuesday (July 4) after the results of routine tests showed a low level of E. Coli in the supply. Chlorination would continue until further notice and testing is being carried out daily.

Air quality measuring by HBRC
10 July 2017

For the first time since monitoring began, Hastings air quality for June was exceedance free. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council started continuous testing for air quality in Napier and Hastings in 2006. Dr Kathleen Kozyniak, the Council’s Climate and Air scientist, relies on technical equipment based at Marewa Park and St John’s College to measure the National Environmental Standard (NES) for particulate matter (PM10). An exceedance is any reading above 50 micrograms per cubic metre averaged over 24 hours. - Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Hastings District councillor and chairman of Council’s works and services committee Kevin Watkins, left, at Monadelphous pipe joining site
7 July 2017

Drilling work to install the larger water pipe underneath Heretaunga St in Hastings will start on Monday (July 10), at the Nelson St intersection. Contractor Monadelphous said disruption to traffic and businesses along the street would be minimal, as the drilling technique meant open trenches did not have to be dug along the route. Instead, ‘pits’ were being excavated at strategic places, about every two blocks, with the drill fed through from one to the next. Some car parks on the northerly side of the road would need to be coned off around the areas of the pits and over the drilling path. As each section of work was completed, the car parks would be reinstated.

7 July 2017

Results received today (July 7) from tests of the Whirinaki water supply have returned clear of E. Coli. Chlorination has been in place since Tuesday (July 4) after the results of routine tests showed a low level of E. Coli in the supply. Testing is being carried out daily. The precautionary Boil Water Notice will remain in place until further notice. Investigations into the cause of the contamination are on-going.

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