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Hawke's Bay cycleway
17 February 2017

The popularity of Hawke’s Bay Trails is continuing to climb, with new figures showing a record number of people using the trails for cycling, walking or running. Trail use has increased by 46 per cent in the last three years. Trail counters recorded 22,624 people used the trails in January 2014 compared with 33,107 users in January 2017. The figures also showed a marked boost in those using the Taradale-Puketapu loop ride, and along the Clifton-Te Awanga coastal trail. HBRC’s Cycle Network Coordinator Vicki Butterworth says it’s great to see some many locals and visitors taking advantage of the 200+ kilometres of trails around the region.

Pa Ariki (Queen of Rarotonga) on the left.
16 February 2017

​A very special guest has arrived in Hawke’s Bay, bearing a gift for the people of Hastings. Nga Marae, Nga Marae o Heretaunga, the collective of marae in Hastings District, is hosting the Queen of Rarotonga who has arranged for the carving of Te Pou o Takitumu ki Rarotonga. The carving will be installed alongside Nga Pou o Heretaunga in Civic Square, Hastings. The pou were presented by each of the marae in 2013. The bringing of Te Pou o Takitumu ki Rarotonga to Heretaunga was first initiated by the late Tama Huata who invited the Queen of Rarotonga, Pa Ariki, to erect a pou named Takitumu to represent an ancient connection Ngāti Kahungunu of the Taakitimu waka have to the people of the Pacific

Waimarama Rd fire defence line
16 February 2017

All out-of-region fire crews will be stood down at end of shift tomorrow, with local crews taking over the management of the fire scenes. This morning National Rural Fire Authority incident controller John Sutton said he was resting the bulk of the local firefighter force today and tomorrow, before they fully took over on Saturday. “They’ve been fighting fires for weeks and after these latest very large events they are pretty flogged. Many of them have day jobs or are self-employed and have families so we need to give them time to catch up with their employers, businesses and families.”

Waimarama fire site
15 February 2017

The Civil Defence Emergency status in Hastings has been lifted. Hastings District Council made the decision at 1.55pm today that the fire situation could be managed with local resources, which meant the emergency status was no longer required. The state of emergency was put in place on Monday afternoon as five fires burned across the region, three eventually burning more than 520 hectares between them. At the time the emergency was declared, Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule said the declaration enabled Council to call on a broad range of resources from outside the district. It was also a very strong signal to residents of the gravity of the situation.

Helicopter at the Waimarama fire
15 February 2017

Four local helicopters remain on standby to fight fires in Hastings, while those from out of the region are being returned to their home bases at the end of today. “This does not mean we are out of danger but we are at a stage where ground crews are the best option, with the local helicopters used to assist,” said National Rural Fire Authority incident controller John Sutton. If conditions changed, helicopters from out of the area could be back on site in about 30 minutes, he said.

15 February 2017

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were “extremely helpful” in the fight to put out three large fires in Hastings yesterday. This morning the Waimarama fire is contained but being closely monitored. Full crews remain on site, putting out hot spots. People living in the areas of the fires are being asked to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary, said Hastings District Council local emergency controller Craig Cameron. The Civil Defence Emergency status remains in place until further notice, as wind shifts expected today which could potentially change the situation. Residents may still see smoke from within the fire’s perimeter, however any flare ups are confined to within the 30km fire breaks the fire services have put in place. All homeowners evacuated over the last few days were allowed to return home by last night. Welfare officers are working with the homeowners who lost their house to the fire. The welfare centre in Havelock North was closed last night with people needing help asked to contact (06) 871 5000. 

15 February 2017

Lighter than forecast winds yesterday were “extremely helpful” in the fight to put out three large fires in Hastings yesterday. This morning the Waimarama fire is contained but being closely monitored. Full crews remain on site, putting out hot spots. People living in the areas of the fires are being asked to remain prepared to self-evacuate if necessary, said Hastings District Council local emergency controller Craig Cameron.  The Civil Defence Emergency status remains in place until further notice, as wind shifts expected today which could potentially change the situation. Residents may still see smoke from within the fire’s perimeter, however any flare ups are confined to within the 30km fire breaks the fire services have put in place.

14 February 2017

​People are continuing to take foolish risks with fire in Hastings despite the complete fire ban – and despite the devastation that fire has caused across the district over the last few days. Two outdoor rubbish fires were put out today by fire crews. “Any fire in these conditions is putting people’s lives at risk. We have had a family lose their home and people very nearly caught out trying to evacuate,” said Hastings District Council Civil Defence Emergency Management controller Craig Cameron. “It’s frustrating that in these incredibly dry conditions, which are described as the worst in at least 20 years, some people are still do not getting the message."

14 February 2017

Residents in Craggy Range Road and Lopez Lane have been allowed back home tonight but the roads are only open for people who live on them and firefighting vehicles. The Waimarama fire, which has been burning since Monday, has destroyed one home and 165 hectares of grassland and pine plantation. As at 5.30pm today, the fires are considered to be contained however they are being monitored closely. A Hastings Civil Emergency status remains in force. Residents in Craggy Range Rd and Lopez Ln were pleased to be able to return to their homes today. But for safety reasons the two roads are likely to be closed for three days to enable fire trucks free access without having to worry about “rubberneckers”, said Hastings District Council incident controller Alison Banks.

14 February 2017

Crews fighting a large fire in Waimarama Road are making good progress in containing the blaze. A Civil Defence Emergency remains in place in the Hastings District after several fires burnt yesterday. There is now a limited threat of the Waimarama Road fire spreading any further. The blaze has now been contained as a result of significant work from helicopters with monsoon buckets, bulldozers and fire crews working hard to reinforce the containment line. The fire is still burning and work continues to extinguish it, however fire crews say the blaze is now travelling very slowly and there is a reduced threat to local homes. The team responding to the Hastings District fires is extremely grateful to the large number of people who are assisting with the firefighting efforts.

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