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ParkMate parking app
4 April 2017

A new option for paid parking is operating in off-street car parks owned by Hastings District Council. Council has signed up to ParkMate, which means people with smartphones who download the app can pay for parking without having to use coins. Paying for parking with coins is still available. The service is run by private car parking company Wilsons, which charges a fee of 30 cents on top of the parking fee for each transaction in Council car parks.

Artist's impression of a mural for the rear of Wattie's Tomoana building
4 April 2017

One of Hastings’ longest serving companies is helping make Hastings more beautiful; and celebrating that it is very much a part of our Great Things Grow Here story. Wattie’s is welcoming the painting of a massive mural reflecting its history on its 3 metre by 20 metre wall facing into the A&P Showgrounds. Hastings District Council’s Keep Hastings Beautiful team is co-ordinating the project.

International students formal welcome.
3 April 2017

“Hello” in 28 different languages rang out through Iona College’s Blyth Performing Arts Centre on Monday, as more than 250 students from 28 countries gathered for a formal welcome. The students, from intermediate school age through to adult, were the first of 1400-plus students expected to land in the region to study this year. That will be an almost 10 per cent increase on the 1268 students who brought a $29 million economic benefit into Hawke’s Bay last year.

Havelock North Village Green opening
2 April 2017

The new Village Green in Havelock North was packed yesterday (April 1) for its official opening after a once-in-a-generation upgrade. Kids, parents and grandparents flocked to the playground to try out the state-of-the-art water play, swings, climbing frames and skatepark. Standing on the freshly laid stone plaza in front of the newly moved and renamed Mackersey Family Pavilion, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule reminded the crowd of the history of the park that had led to the move of the pavilion to its new central position. 

On site: Members of the Coastal Hazards northern assessment panel recently toured coastal suburbs to see the effect of coastal processes and discuss options.
29 March 2017

Members of the community are leading the decision-making on managing risks from beach erosion, inundation by overtopping and sea level rise, and tsunami through a region-wide coastal hazards strategy. Two coastal hazard assessment panels have been established this year, for south of Napier Port, and north including Napier Port. Hawke's Bay Regional councillor Peter Beaven chairs the Coastal Hazards Joint Committee, tasked with bringing community-led recommendations back to Napier City, Hastings District and Hawke’s Bay Regional Councils.

Lucknow School children try out HN Village Green
24 March 2017

Lucky 7 to 9 year olds from Lucknow School got to try out the new play equipment in the Havelock North Village Green on Wednesday, ahead of the grand opening next week. The consensus was that the water feature was the best part. It meanders through the playground and has a heap of ways to dam and divert water. A very close second was a climbing race game; the first of its kind in the region. The children shimmy up ‘fireman poles’ to ring a bell at the top. First on the bell wins.

Check it out: Baxter (5) and Evie Craner (3) test out the new lights in the Havelock North Village Green. Photo: Simon Cartwright Photography
24 March 2017

‘Intelligent’ is not the first adjective that springs to mind when talking about lighting systems in public parks – but it should be when those parks are in Hastings. Hawke’s Bay’s community-owned electricity lines company Unison has partnered with Hastings District Council on the major redevelopment of the Havelock North Village Green. That has seen Unison donate and install an “intelligent” LED lighting system that will deliver energy savings of at least 50 per cent due to the benefits LED lighting offers.

Section for sale sign
21 March 2017

Enabling more than 200 residential sections to be brought to market in Hastings is on the agenda this week. At the Hastings District Council meeting on Thursday councillors will vote on whether to adopt recommendations supporting rezoning land off Howard St to residential. Depending on final section sizes it should yield about 230 lots. It is one of a number of priority projects underway. Last year storm water issues slowing further development at Lyndhurst in Frimley were solved and Council is now close to enabling another 270 sections to be developed. 

20 March 2017

Educating youngsters from across the world is worth $29 million a year to Hawke’s Bay, figures released last week show. A lot of the success the region is having at attracting international students comes down to “selling” the benefits of the Bay to international education agents and journalists specialising in education. Two journalists from Brazil were in town 10 days ago (March 9), at the end of a whistle-stop tour of education facilities in four centres: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hawke’s Bay.

Osmanthus Gardens
15 March 2017

In three weeks’ time lantern light will once again cast its beautiful glow across the Osmanthus Gardens, with new lotus lanterns adding to the magic. This year is the eighth anniversary of the festival which celebrates Hastings’ 36-year-old sister city relationship with Guilin, in China. On the first of the five nights, April 5, visitors are being encouraged to dress in Asian costume to add to the atmosphere. The man behind the lighting of the gardens, Hastings District councillor Kevin Watkins, sourced the new lanterns which have a very special meaning.


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