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14 February 2017

A Civil Defence emergency remains in place in the Hastings District this morning as fire crews are out again fighting several fires around the Hastings District. The main concern is the Waimarama Road fire, which continues to burn strongly and only 50% contained at this stage.  There is 200 hectares of pine trees nearby and a firebreak has been bulldozed overnight in an attempt to stop it spreading into the trees. Since daylight helicopters using monsoon buckets have been continuing to fight the fire and prevent it spreading. Waimarama Road is open but Craggy Range Road (off Tukituki Road) and Lopez Lane remains closed.There are 37 people still out of their homes from Craggy Range Road. Fires in Colin White Road, Ripia Stream, Te Hauke, and Endsleigh Road are contained but fire crews continue to monitor them and dealing with flare ups where required. Eight helicopters are being used to help fight the fires. The main concern to residents near the fire zone is an expected change in wind direction later today, which could fan smouldering embers and push the fire front in a new direction.

13 February 2017

Eight fire crews will continue to monitor the Waimarama Fire overnight, concentrating mainly on ensuring buildings are protected.Hastings Civil Defence staff worked until 10pm on Monday night, and will resume at 7am Tuesday morning. The main concern to residents near the fire zone will be a change to wind direction on Tuesday morning, which could fan smouldering embers and push the fire front into a new direction. Waimarama Road re-opened to the public at 6pm on Monday night. Craggy Range Road (off Tukituki Road) and Lopez Lane remain closed. Thirty-seven people were evacuated from 20 houses, while residents earlier evacuated from 23 homes on the Waimarama side of the fire were given clearance to return home from 6pm Monday night. Power was restored to all but eight houses at 7pm on Monday night. Cellphone signal sites operating on separate power supply are unlikely to return to mains power until Tuesday morning.

13 February 2017

Homes in the Craggy Range Rd area have been evacuated as the fire in Waimarama Rd changes direction involving 37 people from 20 houses. All the evacuees have elected to stay with friends or relatives About 23 homes on the Waimarama side of the fire evacuated earlier in the day will be allowed to return to their home from 6pm. The road into Waimarama has just been opened (6pm) but Craggy Range is now closed (from the corner of Tukituki and Craggy Range Rd) until further notice. Power is still off to the area, which includes Ocean Beach, Maraetotara and Waimamara. However a generator is on its way to backup the water supply pumping systems.

13 February 2017

A State of Emergency was declared in the Hastings district this afternoon, in the wake of a number of dangerous rural fires.

The main concern is a fire on Waimarama Road. The fire has destroyed one home and is threatening others. Several homes have been evacuated.

13 February 2017

A State of Emergency was  declared in the Hastings district this afternoon, in the wake of a number of dangerous rural fires. The main concern is a fire on Waimarama Road. The fire has destroyed one home and is threatening others. Several homes have been evacuated. Waimarama Road is closed and is being used as a firebreak, however police are allowing vehicles out from the affected around. No one is being allowed into the area. Power has been turned off to Waimarama and Ocean Beach as a precaution with 707 properties affected. Residents in the affected area are being asked to conserve water, and a complete outdoor watering ban has been imposed. This is to ensure there is enough water in the reservoirs for drinking and to fight fires. Schools in the area were notified and a number of school buses carrying children have left the area

10 February 2017

Chlorine-free water will be available from a public tap in Hastings next week, after specialised carbon filters arrive. The first tap to be commissioned will be ‘the library’ tap, formerly used by residents to access fluoride-free water, in front of the Hastings Library on Warren St. There is no fluoride in the water system as present so the tap remains fluoride-free. It is expected to be working by Wednesday or Thursday. Once that tap is up and running, public outlets in Flaxmere and Havelock North will be set up. The sites for those taps are most likely to be outside the community centre in Flaxmere and in Romanes Reserve in Havelock North.

Lawrence Yule outside the opera house
10 February 2017

Work on strengthening the Hawke’s Bay Opera House will start in August and take about 18 months. “We’re very pleased to be able to announce a start on the work. It has been a very detailed process getting to this point and we are aware that our residents have shown a lot of patience while they wait for the project to get started,” said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule today. Project manager Herman Wismeyer of Focus Project Management was appointed by Hastings District Council in November to oversee the earthquake strengthening project and this month a construction company will be appointed. Further details of the work programme will be released after that.

Regular Flaxmere Community Centre users Mayce Jackson (left) and Rereao Mohi
9 February 2017

Visitors to our community centres are the winners from a partnership between Hastings District Council and Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison. Two tables have been built by a group of prisoners for the Camberley Community Centre. Two more have been delivered to the Flaxmere Community Centre. Council’s facilities and programmes manager Alison Banks said the centres had “next to no” outdoor seating, and the tables were very welcome.

Rural firem inland HB, between Te Pohue and Puketitiri
7 February 2017

As crews work to contain a fire in inland Hawke’s Bay covering about 190 hectares the temperature is dropping, the winds are light and there is rain forecast. The fire, set in steep hill country between Te Pohue and Puketitiri, was first reported on Monday at about 2pm. As at 4pm this afternoon, six helicopters were continuing to pour water onto site and ground crews armed with shovels had been dropped in to attack hot spots. Those firefighters, about 20, would be pulled out at about 6pm while the helicopters would continue until 7pm.

Go by Bike breakfast 2016
7 February 2017

February is a great month to leave your car at home and ride to work or school as a means of transport – pick the right week, and you could receive a free breakfast too. The Hawke’s Bay Commuter Challenge runs from Monday, February 13, Friday, 17 February 17, and includes Go By Bike Day run by Hastings District Council on the Tuesday. The annual Challenge offers anyone who cycles to work that week a chance to enjoy a scrumptious free breakfast on the way.

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