The diggers are rolling up to start work on the Whakatu Arterial Link road, connecting State Highway 2 (SH2) with Pakowhai Rd. It is the largest road project in Hawke’s Bay since the construction of the Napier-Hastings Expressway in 2002. As well as making transport of fresh produce across the district more streamlined, the finished road will take heavy trucks off the residential streets of Whakatu, making them safer for families.
News & Public Notices
Making sure all homes have water coming out of their taps is the top priority. Hastings District Council has today [January 12] raised water restrictions to level three in Hastings, Flaxmere, Bridge Pa and Havelock North, in the wake of pockets of homes across the district losing supply during peak times. That means a total ban on sprinklers but residents can use hand held hoses to water their gardens every second day, between 6am and 8am, and 7pm and 9pm. “But please use only what you need; if you can get away with half an hour, then stop after that,” said Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule. If there is not significant savings as a result of the level three restrictions, Council will have no choice but to move to level four, which means no outdoor water use at all.
With summer sun baking, river levels low and warm at this time of year, local rivers are fun and generally safe to swim in, but people should be aware of the risks to people and animals from toxic algae, warns Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. River areas are also popular places to exercise dogs and owners need to be extra cautious in summer. While the specific cause of last week’s dog death at Pākōwhai Regional Park is unclear, it does emphasise the need for dog owners to look out for their four-legged family members.
A total fire ban is being imposed across Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. A decision to move to the ban across the regions was made this morning (January 11), in the wake of continuing hot, dry weather with little respite in the forecast. “Forests, grass and scrub across the two regions are tinder dry and the continuing wind and people lighting illegal rubbish fires is making things even worse,” said Eastern Regional Rural Fire Committee chairman Trevor Mitchell.
Keeping cool is a priority for our kids these summer holidays, and this Saturday and Monday they have two perfect opportunities to have heaps of fun in the water. The district’s two outdoor pools have pool parties planned; on January 14 at the Village Pool in Havelock North and January 16 at the Frimley Pool in Hastings.
Water restrictions may have to rise to level three in Hastings, Flaxmere, Bridge Pa and Havelock North unless there is a big reduction in water use. Three very hot days have seen water consumption rise dramatically which has meant the reservoirs have not been able to fill fast enough to keep up with demand and levels are dropping.
Nine hectares of olive trees and grazing alongside the Tuki Tuki Road were lost to fire yesterday. The blaze was yet another warning that every care needs to be taken with fire as the region continues to turn tinder dry, said Eastern Regional Rural Fire Committee chairman Trevor Mitchell. The speed of the fire spread astonished the property owners with the blaze spreading over 250m in less than five minutes, he said.
The steel framework and the seats for the new state-of-the-art central city bus shelter outside the Hastings Library in Eastbourne St have been installed, and the glass panels for the roof and sides are due to arrive in January. The likely start date for the buses using the new bus stop is January 30. That will be confirmed early in the new year once all the work is completed.
Sue Watson and Kelly Scannell both have a bonus $2000 each to spend on their gardens, after they took out the two top positions in this year’s Tremains’ Spring Spruce Up Awards.
Aquatics Hastings has received a gold Quality Swim School award from Swimming New Zealand for their swimming schools at Clive War Memorial Pool and Swim Heretaunga.