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Jackie Clark at the Big Easy stage.
3 March 2017

This Easter Saturday, April 15, hundreds of riders are expected to saddle up for the fifth annual Big Easy cycle ride on the Hawke’s Bay Trails wrapping up with a concert at Church Road Winery where ‘The Easy Riders’, featuring Jackie Clarke, Annie Crummer, Suzanne Lynch and Rikki Morris, are set to take the stage and help celebrate The Big Easy’s fifth birthday. We are thrilled to announce a stellar line up for this year’s Big Easy concert including local talent ‘Hidden Agenda’ and singer/songwriter Ian Munro kicking the party off at 2pm, followed by a one-off collaboration of ‘The Easy Riders’.

Flaxmere Park
3 March 2017

Hastings District Council is encouraging residents to make a special effort to get into a park this week. Parks Week (March 4 to 12) is managed by the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Parks and Leisure Australia and is designed to help councils raise awareness of public spaces. In Hastings there are events happening in parks over the week, including International Cultures Day at Cornwall Park (March 4), petanque at Frimley Park (March 4, 8 and 11), and Qigong – Give it a Go (March 8).

1 March 2017

The karanga calling about-to-be-New Zealanders into their citizenship ceremony this Thursday will be hailing the largest group Hastings has ever hosted. One hundred and fifteen people from 14 different countries will pledge their oath or affirmation and become citizens of New Zealand. Citizenship ceremonies have traditionally been held every second month by Hastings District Council, occasionally more often to cope with demand, with a maximum of 30 per ceremony. To cope with numbers the ceremonies will be held monthly from now. The saying of the oath or affirmation at an approved Citizenship Ceremony marks the moment at which the applicant becomes a New Zealander.  

Havelock North's gum tree with its new protective fence.
28 February 2017

A wrought iron fence especially made to protect Havelock North’s much loved gum tree has been installed. It is one of the last pieces of the Havelock North Village Green development to be put in, as an official opening celebration nears. The exact date for that opening has not yet been set as it relies on water restrictions being eased so the first-of-its-kind in Hawke’s Bay water play feature can be turned on, and to enable landscaping to be watered. It is expected to be held in late-March.

Boat on beach
28 February 2017

The Hawke’s Bay Navigation Safety Bylaw has been reviewed and is now open for public consultation, until 17 March, 2017. The revised bylaw is available on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council’s website www.hbrc.govt.nz, search #harbourmaster. The bylaw covers boating safety, lifejacket rules, navigation infrastructure, and activity zones (such as boat ramps and swimming zones) in the Hawke’s Bay region, which includes the coastal areas within the 12 nautical mile limit. 

Hawke's Bay Opera House
24 February 2017

Gemco Construction has been announced today as the successful tenderer for the earthquake strengthening of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. The locally-based building company will prepare a detailed construction plan. If that proves acceptable to Council, construction is expected to start in August and take about 18 months. That announcement signals the start of further consultation on the future of the neighbouring Municipal Buildings, as promised by Hastings District Council at the time of last year’s public consultation on the future of both buildings and a wider plan for the cultural centre of the district.

24 February 2017

The Boil Water Notice in Waimarama has been lifted today. Consistently clear water tests and the completion of an investigation into the cause of the initial e-Coli test results have allowed the notice to be lifted, said Hastings District Council asset manager Craig Thew. Low-level e-Coli results were returned last Saturday (February 18). On that day chlorine was immediately added to the water supply and a Boil Water Notice issued. All test results since that day had come back ‘clear’, said Mr Thew. Council’s asset manager Craig Thew said the water supply would continue to be chlorinated until further notice. Council will be adding additional safeguards to ensure the same situation cannot arise and once these are completed discussions will occur with the drinking water assessors.

 Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga performers
22 February 2017

On Saturday, at the end of an electrifying 25 minutes on the kapa haka stage at Te Matatini, the Hastings performers will have given their all. The sweat will be pouring off them but the pride will be immense, says Ngati Kahungunu ki Heretaunga performer and Hastings District councillor Bayden Barber. Te Matatini, known as the Olympics of Kapa Haka, starts on Thursday at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park, renamed Kahungunu Park for this very special month.

21 February 2017

Recent fires reinforce the need for residents to be prepared for Civil Defence events
The fires which occurred in the Hastings District last week have served as a timely reminder that it is vital to be prepared for such events. After several days of significant rain, the Total Fire Ban has been stepped back, with a Restricted Fire Season now in place in the Hastings District, however it is vital that residents remain vigilant as there is still a fire risk in Hastings District.

21 February 2017

Recent fires reinforce the need for residents to be prepared for Civil Defence events The fires which occurred in the Hastings District last week have served as a timely reminder that it is vital to be prepared for such events. After several days of significant rain, the Total Fire Ban has been stepped back, with a Restricted Fire Season now in place in the Hastings District, however it is vital that residents remain vigilant as there is still a fire risk in Hastings District.

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