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Trees down: Some rural roads are closed.
14 April 2017

Trees are down across the district leaving many roads down to one lane or closed. Hastings District Council and emergency services teams have been working on clearing the debris from first light. Priority is being given to safety issues. People are being asked to take great care on the roads.

13 April 2017

The danger period seems to have passed and there is now no need for beachfront residents to be evacuated. Hastings District Council emergency management staff have been monitoring the situation over the day. There was some concern that swells generated by Cyclone Cook might combine with the high tide at 7.30pm to threaten beachfront homes. Hastings emergency management local controller Mike Maguire said beachfront residents should remain vigilant for the next 24 hours.

13 April 2017

Precautionary plans are in place in case sea swells generated by Cyclone Cook threaten beachfront homes. “At this stage we do not believe the swells will cause damage but we have plans prepared in case the forecasted level increases and we need to evacuate beachfront residents,” said Hastings Emergency Management local controller Mike Maguire. High tide is at 7.30pm. The areas being watched are from Waimarama through to Haumoana. There is no warning in place for beaches to the northern end of the district, as the geography and wind direction mean they are unlikely to be affected

Councillor Malcolm Dixon welcomes students to Super Sixes 2017.
11 April 2017

The second Super Sixes sports tournament for year 6 students has kicked off today [April 11], with a fly-over by the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Aero Club and a march-past by the competing schools. Nearly 600 kids from points far and wide are today playing netball, tag rugby and football. Tonight the out-of-town schools are heading along to a movie night to see Lego Batman, before more schools join the action tomorrow to play basketball, ki-o-rahi, cyclecross and hockey. That will take the number of children up to near 800.

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10 April 2017

The annual lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens has again been an “amazing success”, with an estimated 10,000 people taking in the spectacle. It was the eighth year of the lighting of the gardens, which celebrates the sister city relationship between Guilin, China, and Hastings, now 36 years old. The gardens were lit from Thursday through to Sunday nights, with the most visitors flowing through on the Saturday night. “Every night was huge, but the Saturday night it was stretched to absolute capacity,” said organiser Hastings District councillor Kevin Watkins.

7 April 2017

Hastings District Council was advised this morning of a water leak on the corner of Woodlands Drive and Penlington Place in Havelock North. Upon investigation, it was discovered that a sewer manhole was blocked by agapanthus roots causing a minor sewage leak. This, combined with the heavy rain on Wednesday, has caused a small amount of debris to have been discharged into Karituwhenua Stream. The debris in the Karituwhenua Stream has now been cleaned up and the blockage has been cleared.

7 April 2017

Tauroa Reserve in Havelock North has reopened after trees, including a large gum, fell in the reserve this week. Inspections by an arborist revealed that some of the older trees, gums and pines, were at the end of their lives and needed to be removed to make the reserve safe for users. The access tracks to the reserve were closed while the urgent tree work was carried out.

6 April 2017

Due to flood damage in Pilcher Road, Mangateretere, this road is now temporarily closed to all traffic except residents. Traffic will be detoured down Lawn Road to Mill Road, along Richmond Road to State Highway 2. The work has commenced on the culvert replacement and is expected to be completed by 5pm Saturday afternoon (8/4/17). The road will remain closed until the work has been completed. Please take extra care when driving in this area.

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.


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