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Rural fire fighter teams
23 June 2017

It was a triple celebration on Wednesday night [June 21] for volunteers from the Hastings’ 13 rural fire forces. In a nationwide change, rural fire authorities and the New Zealand Fire Service are joining together to create Fire Emergency New Zealand from July 1. Until now, rural forces across New Zealand have been managed by councils or their equivalents going back to the early 1900s. In Hawke’s Bay the oldest rural unit is Waimarama, set up in 1953. Last week’s celebration gave Hastings District Council the opportunity to thank the volunteers before the change, for their considerable efforts in keeping the district safe and putting out blazes over more than 64 years.

 iWay reps at Mr Apple during Be Safe Be Seen month.
23 June 2017

A lot of cyclists will be safer on the road at dusk, after 279 sets of bike lights were given out during this year’s Be Safe Be Seen month. The Napier and Hastings iWay cycle teams, Police and Road Safe HB, with help from volunteers from Sport Hawkes Bay, USO Riders, Napier Community Patrol and Iron Maori, manned spots around the two cities over four weeks to talk to cyclists and walkers about safety, and give out lights to those without them. The teams also had reflective bag covers, reflective spoke and wrist bands and vests to give out.

Domed roof option for Plaza
23 June 2017

The next step on the way to making the Plaza a more usable space was taken today, when Hastings councillors considered new roof options for the facility. In extensive public consultation last year residents asked that a permanent roof be built onto the space, replacing the canvas retractable version in place since 2007. The chosen option should make the space flexible, weatherproof and provide good acoustics. As part of the project the differing floor levels would be altered, to allow for a larger range of events to be held.

HDC CEO Ross McLeod, Acting Eastern District Commander Inspector Tania Kura and Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule
23 June 2017

Both the old courthouse and current police station would be demolished and replaced with the new 2600 square metre three storey building. Hastings District Council and New Zealand Police had worked closely together to ensure the new building and Council’s Emergency Management Office were connected, to enable a coordinated response in times of emergency. Mr Yule said the news was very welcome. “As well as being an essential facility for our region, this building will be of a design that we will be very proud to welcome to our city.

Granny Maher
19 June 2017

A fresh batch of famous faces will be popping up in the Hastings Central City, as stage two of the Hastings Icons project gets underway in June. The brainchild of screen print artist Adrian Thornton and writer Jess Soutar Barron, Hastings Icons was devised as a way of sharing stories from our region’s past. The first Icons were created in 2016, with a series of eight stencil spray-painted artworks appearing on blank walls east of the railway line. Each artwork celebrates a unique slice of Hastings’ history. - by arts inc Heretaunga

Artist’s impression of the new EIT Institute of Sport and Health.
19 June 2017

Work on the buildings that will make up the first stage of the new community health and sports centre will get underway in October at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park. After consultation showed public support for the project, Hastings District Council last week approved putting $2 million into the building phase. The funds from Council took the fundraising to a point where building work could start, subject to resource and building consents, said the man leading the project, Sir Graeme Avery.

Parents talk to Learning Hawke’s Bay representatives at an education seminar in Guangzhou.
15 June 2017

Lifestyle and pastoral care are big draw cards for parents from other countries looking for an international education for their youngsters – and Hastings is a winner in both those areas. It also has education facilities that more than favourably compare with any across New Zealand. Learning Hawke’s Bay returned from a 10 day trip to China in May, put together by national organisation Education NZ.

Manawatu Gorge - NZTA
14 June 2017

The NZ Transport Agency is advising that the Manawatu Gorge will remain closed for at least three more weeks while safety works and geotechnical assessments are completed. Transport Agency Highway Manager Ross I’Anson says while physical repair work, including the installation of new rock fall netting and the reinstatement of a damaged retaining wall, are on track to be completed by the end of this week as planned, further geological assessments of the slip sites are needed to assess the level of potential risk of further slips or rock falls before the road can be safely opened.

Councillor Kevin Watkins, centre, with Monadelphous Engineering staff Aaron Holden, left, and Jack Macdonald.
14 June 2017

The new mains water pipe being laid under Heretaunga St will almost double the amount of water able to be directed around the network. Two major projects to strengthen the water supply system across the district are underway, one in Heretaunga St and one in Te Mata Rd. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The Heretaunga St work consists of the installation of a new water main, replac­ing the existing 70-year-old pipe. In Havelock North, two new mains are being installed, one for water and one for sewage.

Waimarama papakainga
14 June 2017

A new papakainga housing development policy, opening the way for utilisation of Māori land, has seen Hastings District Council named a finalist in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) EXCELLENCE Awards. Now in their fourth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the key leadership role that local government plays in communities around the country. The Papakainga Development Policy & Implementation Project 2007-17 is a finalist for the Crown Fibre Holdings EXCELLENCE Award for Best Practice Contribution to Local Economic Development.​ - by Local Government New Zealand

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