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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.

7 July 2017

Additional work is underway to improve Saddle Road as significant rockfall risks prevent re-opening of State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge; starting today. The NZ Transport Agency says an urgent programme of additional work will significantly improve the Saddle Road detour route as new geotechnical information has highlighted major safety risks in the Manawatu Gorge. Those risks are likely to keep the road closed for some time. Regional Transport System Manager Ross I’Anson said geotechnical engineers had now confirmed that a large area above the Kerry’s Wall rock face is highly unstable, with an imminent risk of further significant slips or rockfalls. - NZTA

6 July 2017

Results received today 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.

5 July 2017

Results received today from a follow-up test taken prior to the introduction of chlorine to the supply yesterday have confirmed the presence of E. Coli. Chlorination has been in place since yesterday. Further testing is ongoing as are investigations into the cause. The precautionary Boil Water Notice will remain in place until further notice.

4 July 2017

The Whirinaki water supply has today been chlorinated and a Boil Water Notice issued after low levels of e-Coli were found in the network. The Boil Water Notice has been issued to the 280 properties that are connected to the Council-run Whirinaki water supply. The instruction to boil water would stay in place until further notice, said Hastings District Council water services manager Brett Chapman. The notices were being hand-delivered to all properties this afternoon and the information had been sent to Panpac and Contact Energy for sharing with staff. Council started chlorinating the supply when the results were received today and that would also continue until further notice. The system was being flushed to ensure the chlorine had reached all parts of the system.

30 June 2017

Paid parking resumes in Hastings central city this month, after the public overwhelmingly asked Hastings District Council to revert to user pays. Council had also heard the other message from residents – that they wanted other ways to pay. From today [July 1] drivers have the options of using a coin in the meter or using an app on their smartphone to pay in the city centre. The ParkMate NZ app can be used at car parks across New Zealand, including in Napier and at the Hawke’s Bay Memorial Hospital. The company which manages the service charges 30c per transaction.

Clifton sea wall
30 June 2017

Resource consent applications to build an extended rock sea wall at Clifton will be lodged by mid-July. As part of the Annual Plan process last month, Hastings District councillors voted to proceed with a plan to build a protective sea wall, subject to gaining the required consents. The wall would protect the Clifton boat ramp, run by the Clifton Marine Club, and motor camp, run by the Clifton Reserve Society, from erosion. Consultation on building the wall attracted almost 3000 public responses, with 72 per cent either in favour of the plan or neutral. As part of the Annual Plan process the topic attracted a further 23 submissions, with 20 in support of the wall.

Pakowhai dog agility
30 June 2017

Dogs are going to have more fun and exercise in Pākōwhai Regional Park from this weekend. The park near Hastings is a very popular place to walk dogs and the new dog agility features have been donated by Hastings District Council and installed by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.“The park is popular for dog walking and the new features will give dogs some more interesting places to play in and around,” said Hawke's Bay Regional Council senior open space development officer Antony Rewcastle.

Rockit Apples
30 June 2017

Rockit Global is Hawke’s Bay Exporter of the Year Specialist apple grower Rockit Global has been named ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay’s ASB Exporter of the Year this week. They were presented with the award by the Head of Trade Finance at ASB Bank, Mike Atkins, at the sold-out awards dinner last night [June 28] at the Napier Conference Centre. Rockit Global had earlier in the night won the Napier Port Industry Trail Blazer Award. - ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay

Flaxmere Community Centre administrator Robyn Kershaw and manager Graham Takie
29 June 2017

The brand spanking new commercial kitchen in the Flaxmere Community Centre will do double duty – used for training budding baristas and for hire to community groups holding functions in the centre. There will be a grand unveiling next Saturday [July 8] at which time the name for the kitchen, chosen by the community, will be revealed. The competition to name the room is open until next Wednesday [July 5]. A full kitchen had been on the wish-list for the community centre for some time, said Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe, who is on the board of the Flaxmere Planning Committee.

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