Frimley Pool will open on December 27. Pool staff are looking forward to throwing open the doors to the public after getting the water to a point where they can be comfortable it will be suitable for swimming in five days. Water restrictions earlier this month meant Council accepted the offer of a neighbour to fill the pools from a shallow bore not attached to the town supply. That was to avoid putting more strain on the public pumping system that was struggling to keep up with demand.
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A change meaning people can only water their gardens every second day is being brought in to avoid people at the ends of the town supply running out of water. Water pressure to some homes in Bridge Pa, Flaxmere and Havelock North had got down to almost a trickle several times in the last week. The water restriction level, affecting Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North and Bridge Pa, is staying at two with garden watering limited to 6am to 8am or 7pm to 9pm as previously. The change is that residents in odd numbered homes can only water on odd dates and even number home owners on even dates.
A new neighbourhood splash pad has been opened just in time for Christmas. A mini version of the large community splash pads in Flaxmere and Cornwall parks had its first public ‘turning on” in Kirkpatrick Park, Camberley, on Thursday (December 15). The ribbon was cut by deputy mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, ably assisted by Camberley School pupil Yasmine Ngametua-Auua.
A raft of fires over the last few days should be a reminder of the summer fire restrictions. In Hastings one of the worst was a scrub fire in Mangleton Rd in Kereru that took five fire truck crews and a helicopter three hours to extinguish. There was also a roadside blaze on the Napier Taupo Rd, three suspicious fires and a number of unpermitted fires extinguished over the weekend.
Hastings is leading the charge nationwide in the drive to help ensure our military history is not forgotten. At a ceremony this morning (December 16) the addition of nine poppies on street signs was celebrated. Poppy Places is a national project identifying the streets and land marks which have been named to recognise the contribution of New Zealand to international conflicts.
An update on the town supply water situation has been published by Hastings District Council and will be delivered to 25,000 homes between now and December 23. As well as delivering the paper to houses across the affected areas (Hastings, Havelock North, Flaxmere and Bridge Pa), it will also be on Council’s website and available from Council’s main office in Lyndon Rd and the district’s three libraries: Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere.
Businesses receiving emergency financial help after the campylobacter outbreak in August have received an average $4783 each. Council staff will table the results of the financial assistance package for Havelock North businesses at Council’s December meeting on Thursday. Hastings District Council put the plan in place to help businesses that were at risk of closing down or severely affected by the illness that struck down a third of the village’s population. It was one of many initiatives put in place by Council, central government and charitable agencies in the weeks of the contamination.
This week the brand new Ultimate Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Guide 2017 Guide hits the shelves, just in time for another busy summer season. A brand new guide, the Ultimate Food and Wine Guide is a merger of the previous Hawke’s Bay Dining Guide published by Hawke’s Bay Tourism and the Hawke’s Bay Wine Guide produced by Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers.
The Village Green is home to Run Walk Hawke’s Bay’s Hastings members, one of the groups who still used the old Havelock North Cricket Pavilion when it was in its old spot to the north of the park. They are looking forward to again being able to use the pavilion in its new home once the Havelock North Village Green redevelopment is complete, and to help things along have donated $5000.
One final push is needed to raise the last of the funds needed for the Havelock North Village Green’s “once-in-a-generation” upgrade with just over $19,000 to go. Hastings District Council budgeted $1.7 million toward the project at the time of the public consultation on the revamp.