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Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs graduate Steve Tahu
8 May 2017

Steve Tahu is glad his days as a seasonal part-time worker are long behind him. Steve, who recently earned an NCEA National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) Level 4, was one of more than 50 graduates from a range of industries who attended a special Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs graduation ceremony at Lindisfarne College, Hastings, last week. The annual ceremony celebrates the success of people who have completed training while working; through courses, apprenticeships and cadetships.

Tainui Reserve Care Group
1 May 2017

Almost 300 plants including some that will grow into massive native trees have been settled into their new homes in Tainui Reserve, Havelock North. The weather on Sunday was perfect for planting (warm and wet), and about 25 people from the new Tainui Reserve Care Group spent a solid two hours planting kauri, kahikatea, giant redwoods and wetland plants.

Cyclone Cook tree damage
1 May 2017

The last of the clean-up of the roads after Cyclone Cook should be finished within three weeks. The bulk of the trees had been removed from urban streets, with the last of the branches due to be picked up in the next week. Stump removal and levelling berms would be carried out over the next fortnight. The annual autumn leaf pick up, due to start in mid-May, would clear the last of the litter, said Hastings District Council transportation manager Jagwinder Pannu.

Members of The Havelock North Village Lions Club
1 May 2017

Gloves were donned and rubbish sacks filled by members of The Havelock North Village Lions Club, supported by Hastings District Council. The crew, with an average age of 70, cleared rubbish along the Tukituki River, in the River Rd area. Their initiative was part of the Lions International’s ‘Worldwide Week of Service to Protect our Planet’, celebrating 100 years of Lions Clubs across the world.

Windsor Park cyclone damage
27 April 2017

Two weeks on from Cyclone Cook the cleaning up of the district is well advanced but there is still a lot of work to do, especially in the district’s parks. It had been a massive job, with more than 80 per cent of Hastings’ 170 parks and reserves needing attention. Some had been particularly hard hit. “It is still a bit of a battle and we are asking for patience,” said Hastings District Council parks manager Colin Hosford.

26 April 2017

Wood piles are being placed in each of the three main centres in Hastings, with residents able to help themselves. Hastings District Council staff are cutting trees knocked over by Cyclone Cook into manageable rings and dropping them at sites in Flaxmere, Havelock North and Hastings. “There won’t always be firewood there; it will be dropped off as our clean up teams deal with trees across the region,” said parks manager Colin Hosford. Council says people have to put the rings in their vehicles and take them home to chop up. Chainsaws and axes should not be taken to the sites, he said.

Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market
21 April 2017

Nearly 100 per cent of the rubbish from the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market is now composted or recycled – a massive success for the teams driving the initiative. Four months ago a Waste Not initiative was introduced at the market, aimed at reducing the annual 6.5 tonnes of rubbish going to the landfill by 80 per cent. Inside of four months that target had been well and truly beaten, with 90.5 per cent being either composted or recycled.​

20 April 2017

The Boil Water Notice for residents taking their water supply from the Hastings District Council Esk system has been lifted today. The notice affected residents in the Esk Ridge and East Ridge (Kanuka Cliffs) areas attached to the Esk water supply. The results of a test taken on April 11 showed E-coli in the water supply. Council immediately flushed the system and chlorinated it. Since then daily test results had come back clear and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board assessors today approved the lifting of the Boil Water Notice.

ANZAC Day 2015
20 April 2017

Once again our people will gather on ANZAC Day to pay their respects to our service people who have partaken in wars across the world. The commemorations will take place at points across the district, organised by our Returned Services Associations. The Dawn Service will start at 5.15am with a march from Karamu Rd to the cenotaph in Civic Square, followed by morning services across the district.

Trees down in Windsor Park
19 April 2017

The free green waste disposal for Hastings and Napier residents is being offered again this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April from 8am to 5pm. The service was organised by Napier City and Hastings District Councils last weekend with local greenwaste company BioRich, in Waitangi Rd, Awatoto. This initiative was introduced in recognition of the large amount of green waste produced by Cyclone Cook last week.

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