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Hawke's Bay Opera House front doors
20 September 2017

The first of monthly time-lapse videos of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House strengthening project has been uploaded to the opera house website. Over the last six weeks the contractors have removed the exceptional art deco stained glass doors from the front entrance and the first-floor balcony. They have been stored to ensure they remain safe until the strengthening is completed, said Focus Project Management’s Herman Wismeyer.

Be safe: Free bike checks are on offer as the summer cycling season nears.
15 September 2017

Are your tyres pumped, brakes up to scratch, and chain and crank under control? With the weather warming it is time to hit the cycle ways. In Hastings the iWay team has partnered with four bike shops across Hastings to provide free ABC bike checks to help make sure everyone cycles safely. The ABC stands for Air in tyres, Brakes working, and Chain and crank operating as they should be. Any repairs identified by the checks will need to be paid for by the bike owner.

14 September 2017

The Whakatu Arterial Link project is about to achieve some major milestones with work on State Highway 2 (SH2) due to be finished in about three weeks and the completion of the Karamu Stream diversion. The intersection at Pilcher Road/SH2 is about to be closed, with Pilcher Road being reconstructed to link up to the new SH2 roundabout. The reconstruction work on Pilcher Road includes widening of the road and drainage improvements. 

12 September 2017

Hastings District Council has opposed an application for a proposed water conservation order (WCO) on the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers, believing it not in the best interests of the district. A special tribunal has been appointed by the Minister for the Environment to consider the application. Council is concerned that the WCO application, which recommends specific restrictions in relation to how water from these rivers can be used, would have a devastating effect on both the rural and urban economy and serious implications for how the Council supplies water across the district.

12 September 2017

If you hear sirens or “stingers” on Sunday 24 September, don’t be alarmed – public alert systems are being tested in Napier and in Hastings coastal communities. Hastings urban (city) “stinger” testing will also take place in Havelock North, Hastings city centre, Mahora, Storford Lodge and Flaxmere on Thursday 21 September between 12-1pm.

, Karry Harford-owned building
7 September 2017

The faces of more than 180 significant buildings in the centre of Hastings have been sympathetically restyled under the Façade Enhancement Scheme – and the result is a positive for building owners and their tenants, residents and visitors. The scheme has been operating since 1993, put in place to help make the Hastings city centre more attractive and vibrant. In the last two years alone the Landmarks Trust and Hastings District Council has worked with 20 building owners to transform the facades of their mostly art deco building

Turn left: An artist's impression of the new water filling station.,
6 September 2017

A shift towards the car parks and the addition of more taps will make the Hastings chlorine-removed water supply in Civic Square more accessible. The tap was originally sited to be close to the car parks on Eastbourne St. However the moving of the city centre bus stops had seen the nearest car parks removed and the walk between car parks and water tap double – difficult for people carrying bigger water containers. Users had also asked Hastings District Council to come up with a way to make filling larger containers easier.

Chapel and crematorium: Artist's impression
5 September 2017

The first steps towards building the new regional chapel and crematorium at Hastings Cemetery have been taken this week. As well as addressing building strength issues, the new chapel will have room for more people, 100 compared to 80, with more able to be accommodated in the adjoining covered deck area.  “It is going to be a very attractive and practical building that will enable us to provide excellent service now and into the future,” said Hawke’s Bay Crematorium Committee chairman Malcolm Dixon.

Anne Keown, centre, with library staff Vivian Taylor, left, and Veronica Hogan.
4 September 2017

Turn up the Heat, the first winter reading challenge for adults run by Hastings District Libraries, has been a resounding success. More than 120 keen readers joined the challenge with hundreds of report-ins received over the eight weeks. Turn up the Heat encouraged adult readers to try something new over the winter months. Challenges included ‘read a banned or challenged book’ and ‘read a book based in a country you would like to visit’.

Sewer work in St Hill's Line
4 September 2017

The bulk of the work to install a new larger water main under Heretaunga St is done, with the hi-tech underground drill moved off site last week. The technology had been “fantastic”, said Hastings District Council’s works and services committee chairman Kevin Watkins. “It’s not that long ago that a job of this size, installing a new water main, would have meant tearing up the whole road – probably having to close it in some places at times, and then a long job to get it back to a normal surface.