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Proposed Iona re-zoning
8 August 2017


Initial plans to rezone land for new neighbourhoods in Havelock North have been released and they include two new green spaces – one a park; the other a reserve. The draft plan preserves what is locally known as Bull Hill; home to a large outdoor sculpture of a bull. It was fashioned from chains found at the Whakatu freezing works by the late artist William Jameson. The two-hectare park could potentially include a neighbourhood playground made from natural materials and a small wetland.

Chorus box on the corner of Lowe St and Orchard Rd, by artist Melysa Tapiata.
4 August 2017


It is time for Hastings’ artists to get their thinking caps on again. Another five utility boxes are about to become canvases for local artists, taking the number across the district to 35. Hastings District Council has an agreement with Chorus, the telecommunications company that owns many of the utility boxes around the district’s streets. That sees council and Chorus staff choose the final artworks from artists’ submissions. The works have to be relevant to the area in which they are sited.

Ellison Rd
4 August 2017


The end is in sight for the underground services, footpath and road upgrade along Karamu Road. The work has taken longer than expected because of wet weather and decisions to add the replacement of a water pipe in Ellison Rd and a section of shallow pipe in Karamu Rd to the project. The underground services work will be completed by the end of next week after which the replacement of the road surface will be started.  That would take about three weeks, with the final seal timed to be laid on September 1, weather dependent.

Hawke's Bay Opera House and art fence.
1 August 2017


The Hawke’s Bay Opera House strengthening project starts this week, with successful tenderer Gemco Construction taking over the site from today. The work will start with the removal of the art from the safety fence on the Hastings side of the building over the next two days, to give contractors clear access. The art will be carefully stored until it is reinstated within the precinct. The Heretaunga St artwork will remain in place in the meantime.

1 August 2017


Traffic islands designed to slow traffic in Joll Rd in Havelock North have worked to get speeds down, however some modifications will be made. The four islands were installed last year after residents living along the road asked Council to do something about drivers travelling the road at speeds higher than the limit.  Islands worked by narrowing the road width, thereby encouraging drivers to slow down to negotiate the bends around them. Traffic surveys before and after the installation of the islands showed that cars were now travelling at between 48kmh and 52kmh, down from an average of nearly 60kmh. 

Acting Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and Hastings District Council chief executive Ross McLeod at the Brookvale Treatment Plant.
1 August 2017


Going ahead with a new bore field, putting in a second mains water pipe between Hastings and Havelock North, and permanently closing the Brookvale bore field are all in a revised water strategy being put before Hastings District councillors this week. If Council approves the strategy, work on implementing it would begin immediately with the bulk of the project expected to be completed in about 24 months. The proposed plan would see Brookvale 3 also closed down, once additional water can be supplied to Havelock North.

Mangateretere School students open up new laptops.
31 July 2017


There has been a perfect match between a programme helping young people into work and a school keen for help as its roll skyrockets. Mangateretere School’s roll has tripled from 13 to 38 this year, leaving it needing support for its teaching principal and one other teacher. Meanwhile Michaela Dunn was looking for work after returning home to Hawke’s Bay from Palmerston North. The Rangatahi mā, Kia eke project, a partnership between Hastings District Council and the Ministry of Social Development, aims to help 25 young people aged 16 to 24 who are having difficulty finding work.

The drill working on the Heretaunga pipe install.
28 July 2017


With progress on replacing a major water pipe under Heretaunga St going well, work on the second part of the project to install a new water main under Te Mata Road is ramping up. Under Heretaunga St the new pipe will be threaded through the pre-drilled first section early next week, after which the second of the three sections will be drilled.  Along Te Mata Rd and in St Hill Lane investigations to confirm the location of underground services will start on Monday (July 31), with small potholes dug along the stretch between Durham Drive and Karanema Drive and in St Hill Lane.

Sandra Wareham in her Haumoana home with six-month-old twins Layla, left, and Rockley., Sandra Wareham, with husband Stephen with Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst.
28 July 2017


The Warehams are all now ‘true blue’ Kiwis and have a certificate to prove it. Sandra Wareham affirmed her allegiance to New Zealand at a citizenship ceremony in Hastings this month, and could not be happier.  She and husband Stephen moved from North London to Hawke’s Bay in 2011 with their three children Vinnie, Kayleigh and Breeze. Courtesy of his New Zealander father, Stephen already had citizenship and therefore the three children did too.

Mangateretere roundabout
28 July 2017


The new Whakatu Arterial Link roundabout on State Highway 2 (SH2) will open this afternoon, which will also allow Napier Rd to be reopened. The weather had been kind over the last week which meant the top two coats of asphalt could be laid by the contractors, said Hastings District councillor and chairman of the works and services committee Kevin Watkins. “The weather has been a bit difficult however any delays should have no impact on the finishing of the entire project by late next year.