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18 July 2017

Hastings District Council has appointed Napier Port chief executive Garth Cowie as external chairperson to lead the change programme for water services operations within Council. This change programme follows an independent review of Council’s water operations commissioned by chief executive Ross McLeod, to address shortcomings identified through the Inquiry and to ensure that Council has in place the capability, capacity, systems and people to ensure safe drinking water for the community.

17 July 2017

 

The Hastings side of Taihape Rd is open however drivers are being warned to take extra care after a number of cars landed up in ditches yesterday. The road was opened as far as the Kuripapango Bridge at noon yesterday. Because of the icy conditions speed restrictions were put in place however at least six cars slid off the road over the afternoon. The road had been gritted but drivers still needed to be extra careful, said Hastings District Council transportation manager Jag Pannu. “Especially from the early evening, overnight, and first thing in the morning when the ice is at its worst.”

Fiona Tomlinson
17 July 2017

 

The drive to make Hawke’s Bay the country’s most innovative region has not slowed a year on from the kick-off of an inspired Government-supported plan. Matariki – Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy was launched last year, with the aim of ensuring: Every household and every whānau is actively engaged in, contributing to and benefiting from, a thriving Hawke's Bay economy’. 

Snow
15 July 2017

The New Zealand Transport Authority re-opened State Highway 5 (Napier-Taupo Rd) yesterday afternoon, but advised extreme caution given the icy conditions. Local roads in Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa, as well as some state highways, continue to be affected by snow and rain.

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.

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