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Galvanised steel ruru atop pou at Whakatu, Whakatu pou
15 March 2017

A ruru (morepork), beautifully hand-crafted from galvanised steel atop a column of weathering steel, now watches over Kohupatiki Marae and the awa of its people, the Ngaruroro Mokotuararo ki Rangatira/Clive River. The pou marks the spot where the pre-European fortified pa Otanenuiarangi stood. “The pou honours the history of where we came from which is inseparable from who we are today.”

Hastings War Memorial Library
14 March 2017

The plans for the makeover of the Havelock North Library have been drawn up and work is due to start in June. Urgent work completed just over 12 months ago to replace leaking skylights made sure the collections were safe while the refurbishment planning went on. The next stage of the work will see the internal layout redesigned and the front door moved to a more central position on the front wall. 

Whakatu arterial link
13 March 2017

State Highway 2, at the site of the Whakatu Arterial Link, will get slightly narrower from tomorrow, as the construction of the new roundabout continues. Work on the 3.5 kilometre route which heads across the fields through Whakatu to Pakowhai Rd (at the entrance to Pakowhai Country Park) started in January on SH2 (near the Napier Rd intersection).

Hastings rural firefighters in action.
13 March 2017

The fire restriction status in Hastings has been pulled back to ‘open’ from today. That status applies across the Hastings district, except for areas in the control of the Department of Conservation or Bay Forests Rural District. That means outdoor fires can be lit but they must be out by dusk. Fires intended to burn later than that require a permit.

Glamping tent at HoY
10 March 2017

There are still two days to go at Horse of the Year – and they are the best days. One of its biggest fans, Horse of the Year board chairwoman Cynthia Bowers, is urging locals to get along for a look. She has some very good tips for newbies as well. “If I had never been before I would first have a wander around the stalls (there are lots for the non-horsey as well as a huge food court) and then park myself in the grandstand and watch the competition in the main ring.

Romanes Park pop up sprinkler
10 March 2017

The Level Three water restrictions have been lifted today – meaning there are now no longer any bans on outdoor water use in the Hastings district. As usual at this time of year the level is set at one, which asks that people be aware of water use and conserve as they are able. This is a condition in Hastings District Council’s resource consent issued by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Flaxmere's 'Front Row'.
10 March 2017

A man tackling obesity “head on” by helping a bunch of very overweight dads trim down is keen to make the most of the opportunities that will come out of the new Hawke’s Bay Community Health and Sport Centre. The focus of the programmes run from the facility being built at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park will be to bring research-led health programmes to the people of Hawke’s Bay. It is envisaged that 85 per cent of the users will be members of the general public – young and old.

Flaxmere chlorine-free tap
7 March 2017

The chlorine-free taps will be back on by 6pm tonight (March 7). On Friday the taps were temporarily turned off after water test results showed the filters were not working as well as desired. At the time they were turned off, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said Council had acted "out of an abundance of caution", turning the taps off and conducting further tests. Since Friday the configuration of the filters and taps had been changed, and further tests carried out.

The treatment plant for Brookvale Bore 3.
6 March 2017

Brookvale Bore 3 will be turned on tomorrow morning at 9am (March 7). The water has been fully tested and the treatment process has been approved by the health authorities. Approval to use the water supply has been given by the Joint Working Group and the Government Inquiry panel which is investigating the Havelock North water contamination in August which led to the shutdown of bores 1 and 2. Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said the news the tap would be turned on tomorrow was “excellent”.

3 March 2017

Hastings' chlorine-free public taps have been turned off temporarily tonight.  The move has been triggered by water test results received late this evening that show the chlorine-removing filters are not working as well as desired.  "In-line devices such as carbon filters are known to create these results. It could be teething problems but we want to make sure we address the issue," said Hastings District Council's asset manager Craig Thew. "Out of an abundance of caution" Council wanted to conduct further tests, said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. The three taps, in Havelock North, Hastings and Flaxmere, were brought on-line over the last two weeks to provide treated water that had the chlorine removed by filters just before the taps.

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