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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.

The Knowledge Bank team, One of the stained glass ceiling panels in the Hutchinson’s Flooring, Furniture and Interiors building.
1 September 2017

The artistic, historic and architectural gems that make up the winners in this year’s Landmarks Awards were announced on Thursday night (August 31). The awards, held every two years, recognise projects that preserve and enhance Hastings’ unique ‘personality’, from outstanding public art and innovative architecture, to excellent landscaping and the preservation of historic buildings. Acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst presented this year’s awards, for projects ranging from small to large, historic to new, and from very public to a little more hidden.

31 August 2017

The Hawke’s Bay economy is ‘simmering’ and close to ‘steaming’, jumping four places to sixth in a quarterly report by Trans Tasman Media. The Main Report measures the economy of New Zealand’s 16 regions and ranks them against each other. In the June report the only region to make bigger gains than Hawke’s Bay was Otago which leapt eight spaces to fourth. Marlborough made the same ground as Hawke’s Bay, up four places to seventh. The report gives four grades: cool, stable, simmering and steaming.

Knowledge Bank office manager Linda Bainbridge (left) and technical manager Rachel Johnson.
31 August 2017

A special piece of equipment on its way from the United States which will unlock the secrets of an estimated 22,000 rolls of film taken in Hawke’s Bay over the last 70-plus years. Russell Spiller is a name many long-time Hawke’s Bay residents will know – a noted local photographer who ran Batchelor’s Candid Studios in Napier from 1946 to 1981. In his time he took thousands of rolls of film, at weddings, christenings, family gatherings and public events

Tom Knowles
30 August 2017

What do you do when you are physically allergic to love? Break out in spandex and sing a rock song of course! Tom Knowles and his band are bringing the self-devised rock opera ‘Allergic to Love - Curse of the 80’s' to the Hastings Fringe Festival in October. Knowles won the NZ Fringe touring Award in March 2017 and had since toured his show successfully at the San Diego Fringe Festival. - Fringe in the Stings

28 August 2017

The official resignations of Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule and Hastings-Havelock North ward councillor Adrienne Pierce have been received today by Hastings District Council. The resignations trigger the process that will lead to a postal election for the two positions, with voting closing on noon on Friday, November 24, 2017. Preliminary results are expected to be announced on that day, with the official declaration made on Wednesday, November 29. Nominations for the positions open on Thursday, August 31, 2017, and close at noon on Thursday, September 28, 2017. A candidate information evening is being held on Monday, September 4.

Senior Chef students
25 August 2017

It can be hard to find the motivation to cook for one, especially for people who have few skills in the kitchen, but it is very important to keep up good nutrition. To inspire the elderly to cook and to encourage good nutrition, Presbyterian Support runs eight-week practical Senior Chef programmes through its Enliven Positive Aging Service. Hastings District Council is again supporting the initiative, donating $6000 from this year’s Contestable Grants Fund.

Purrfect: Todd, with SPCA animal attendant Elle Tonks.
25 August 2017

A cat management programme run by Hastings SPCA has removed more than 300 stray cats from the streets in six months – many of these were of breeding age and so the bonus is a reduction of numerous future kittens. About half the cats had to be euthanised due to illness, temperament (feral) or severe injury, with the rest vet-checked, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, and offered for re-homing.

Twyford School debating team
25 August 2017

Giving the community the ability to talk to our wider region via radio (and now internet) is the aim of the Access radio station Radio Kidnappers, reflected in its catch-phrase: ‘Putting YOU on air’. Hastings District Council is again supporting the charitable organisation, donating $4480 from this year’s Contestable Grants Fund. The fund is distributed annually to groups developing or delivering a community service or project which fits with Council’s aim of “building a safe, liveable, sustainable community”. 

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