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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

Erica Smith with a landowner picking up native plants.
9 June 2017

Farmers and community groups are adding thousands of plants to streams and rivers throughout Hawke’s Bay this winter. This year Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has more than 55,000 plants available through its riparian planting scheme, which encourages farmers to retire and/or plant stream margins with native plants that would have naturally grown there in the past. HBRC’s land management team coordinates the orders, making this more cost effective operation for farmers and enhancement projects than single orders would be.

8 June 2017

A comprehensive survey of residents has shown that people prefer to pay for parking as they use it, and the call has been heeded by Hastings District Council. Councillors voted yesterday to return to paid parking using meters from July 1, given that almost 70 per cent of the 3000 survey respondents preferred the parking system to be ‘user pays’. At the same time, Park Mate would be introduced for on-street car parking for those who preferred not to use coins. Council introduced the app for its off-street car parks earlier this year. The system, widely used around New Zealand, allows people to pay for parking using an application on their smart phone.

8 June 2017

Hastings District Council has welcomed the announcement today of significant support from the government for the earthquake strengthening of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. At a visit to the Opera House this afternoon, Prime Minister Bill English announced that $4 million from the Regional Cultural and Heritage fund has been allocated towards the strengthening of the heritage one category building.

8 June 2017

Work is due to start on two cycleway projects next week; one along Pakowhai Rd, the other in Haumoana. Both will extend Hastings District Council’s iWay cycle and walk way network, designed to encourage people to use foot or pedal power to get to work or school. The Pakowhai Rd project is stage one of a three part project which will eventually link Hastings’ urban area to the Brookfields Bridge. Napier City Council is working on the other side, from the bridge to Napier city.

An artist’s impression of the new facilities in Te Mata Park.
8 June 2017

The building of a visitor shelter and information centre, toilet, and car park in Te Mata Park can get underway immediately after Government announced funding for the project today. Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett announced this morning that the Hastings project would receive $380,000. The news was “fantastic”, said Hastings District councillor George Lyons. As soon as contractors can be arranged, work will start on site preparation for the car park, information kiosk and toilets, going in at the main gates. A bike wash facility and toilet will be built at the Tauroa Rd park entrance. Both areas will include drinking water taps. The plan also includes landscaping.

Artist Brandon Blair completes the Wattie’s mural.
6 June 2017

Checking out the historic Wattie’s can labels was an important part of preparing for painting a massive mural on the rear of the canning company’s Tomoana Rd Plant. “It was really interesting; seeing the style and colours and realising that you remember those labels from when you were a kid,” said artist Brandon Blair. “It is a real look of its time, and it’s awesome to see that history out of the archive and up in the public eye.” He was charged with recreating, on the 20m by 3m brick wall, an artwork celebrating Wattie’s more than 80 years history in the district, prepared by designer Alan Passchier. It features a Wattie’s label from the 1960s.