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19 February 2017

The Boil Water Notice for the Waimarama town water supply remains in place this morning. The Boil Water Notice was put in place yesterday, after test results were received that showed very low levels of E-Coli. It will continue until further notice, Hastings District Council asset manager Craig Thew said. “We are doing investigations and testing as we speak. That work will continue and we will not change the status until we are completely sure the water is safe to drink.” Work overnight has focused on flushing chlorine through the system and drawing off water for further testing. Staff have run an outside at each house until chlorine is detected. Interim test results will be available later today however the results of further testing over the coming days will need to be completed before decisions on the Boil Water Notice are made. 

18 February 2017

Council has put together answers to commonly asked questions. Please check here to see if the answer to your question is on the list. If not, please feel free to contact us. Phone: 871 5000; email, or message us on Facebook: Hastings District Council.

What amount of chlorine is going into the Waimarama system? The initial dose rate is one part per million.  This will be adjusted as the residual levels are monitored. What is the level Council is aiming for across the system? We are targeting a residual chlorine level of 0.7 parts per million (ppm). This will vary in the system depending on distance and location in the network.  The Drinking Water Standards allow a range residual chlorine in the reticulation from a minimum 0.2 parts per million up to 1.5 ppm.

18 February 2017

Residents in Waimarama are being told to boil their water before drinking it, after water tests today showed low levels of E coli in the public supply. Residents in the coastal town in Hawke’s Bay who take their water from the town supply should boil the water before using it for drinking, cleaning teeth, making ice, washing dishes and preparing food, until further notice, said Council’s asset manager Craig Thew. “Boiling water in an electric kettle kills bacteria and other organisms in it. The kettle only needs to be boiled once for one minute. Please follow this advice to avoid gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) and other serious illnesses. If you are using a saucepan to boil the water up, then heating it to a rolling boil will be sufficient, before taking it off the heat and allowing to cool naturally.”

David Mackersey, daughter Annah Kight and granddaughter Scarlett.
17 February 2017

The Mackersey family’s substantial contribution to the revamped Havelock North Village Green is being recognised in the naming of the newly re-homed cricket pavilion. And the tiniest member of the family, seven-month-old Scarlett, looked very happy about it as she was carried through the nearly completed park on Friday. Hastings District Council announced this week that the pavilion will be named the ‘Mackersey Family Pavilion’.

Chlorine-removed tap; Hastings, Brookvale Bore 3 water treatment plant.
17 February 2017

Chlorine-free water is available from the public tap in front of the Hastings Library from today. The water has been through the water testing process and chlorinated, however filters at the tap remove the chlorine. The five minute parks in front of the tap are being moved around the corner into Warren St; the shift made necessary by the moving of the Eastbourne St bus stops. Two more taps will be available next week; one in Havelock North at Romanes Park (on Monday) and the Flaxmere Library car park (later next week).

Queen St
17 February 2017

A section of Queen St West will be closed for about three weeks from Monday (February 20), while the road surface is renewed. The area affected is between Market St and Russell St North. Some underground services work will be carried out at the same time. Access to the ANZ car park is through Bunnings’ car park on Market St, while access to the Hastings District Council northern car park is via Market St, next to House of Travel.

Hawke's Bay cycleway
17 February 2017

The popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is continuing to climb, with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling, walking or running. Trail use has increased by 46 per cent in the last three years. Trail counters recorded 22,624 people used the trails in January 2014 compared with 33,107 users in January 2017. The figures also showed a marked boost in those using the Taradale-Puketapu loop ride, and along the Clifton-Te Awanga coastal trail. HBRC’s Cycle Network Coordinator Vicki Butterworth says it’s great to see some many locals and visitors taking advantage of the 200+ kilometres of trails around the region.

Pa Ariki (Queen of Rarotonga) on the left.
16 February 2017

​A very special guest has arrived in Hawke’s Bay, bearing a gift for the people of Hastings. Nga Marae, Nga Marae o Heretaunga, the collective of marae in Hastings District, is hosting the Queen of Rarotonga who has arranged for the carving of Te Pou o Takitumu ki Rarotonga. The carving will be installed alongside Nga Pou o Heretaunga in Civic Square, Hastings. The pou were presented by each of the marae in 2013. The bringing of Te Pou o Takitumu ki Rarotonga to Heretaunga was first initiated by the late Tama Huata who invited the Queen of Rarotonga, Pa Ariki, to erect a pou named Takitumu to represent an ancient connection Ngāti Kahungunu of the Taakitimu waka have to the people of the Pacific

Waimarama Rd fire defence line
16 February 2017

All out-of-region fire crews will be stood down at end of shift tomorrow, with local crews taking over the management of the fire scenes. This morning National Rural Fire Authority incident controller John Sutton said he was resting the bulk of the local firefighter force today and tomorrow, before they fully took over on Saturday. “They’ve been fighting fires for weeks and after these latest very large events they are pretty flogged. Many of them have day jobs or are self-employed and have families so we need to give them time to catch up with their employers, businesses and families.”

Waimarama fire site
15 February 2017

The Civil Defence Emergency status in Hastings has been lifted. Hastings District Council made the decision at 1.55pm today that the fire situation could be managed with local resources, which meant the emergency status was no longer required. The state of emergency was put in place on Monday afternoon as five fires burned across the region, three eventually burning more than 520 hectares between them. At the time the emergency was declared, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said the declaration enabled Council to call on a broad range of resources from outside the district. It was also a very strong signal to residents of the gravity of the situation.