Call for Free Parking in Hastings City Centre


The Hastings City Business Association is calling on HDC councillors to consider a trial period of one hour free parking in Hastings CBD to run from October 1st to December 31st 2015. Michael Whittaker Chairman of the HCBA wrote; “A meaningful 3 month limited free parking trial during a critical retail trading period signals a strong commitment from HDC that it is serious in supporting and helping the CBD transform and develop over the months and years ahead.”

Last week’s Mayor’s CBD Symposium was well attended and created much discussion. One of the hot topics was the issue of the uneven playing field with free parking at the big box retailers, Bay Plaza and Havelock North versus paid parking in the Heretaunga shopping area. Susan McDade, General Manager of the association says “the issue of one hour of free parking really resonates with our retail members and it would give them a much needed boost in the prime retail season”.

On the back of a proposed decrease in Napier’s CBD parking metre rates there is even more competition for a better customer experience, of which parking is a factor. The trial period proposed by the Business Association will give HDC time to further investigate a long term parking strategy while giving immediate assistance and a boost to the city.

Central Government to give Hastings and Napier $250,000 for amalgamated waste disposalproject.


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The pending decision on the future of waste disposal for Napier and Hastings has received a welcome boost with the announcement this week that $250,000 from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund is being invested in the Waste Futures project. 

A plan on how to dispose of rubbish going into the future needs to be made, as the current valley at Omarunui Landfill, jointly owned by the two councils and run by the Omarunui Landfill committee, will be full by 2025, says Hastings District councillor and committee chair Cynthia Bowers. "It is about not doing the same old, same old. Before we invest tens of millions of dollars on extending Omarunui, we wanted to pause and think about whether that is the best way of doing things. It’s about looking at a range of options and coming up with a solution that takes Hastings and Napier’s waste disposal into a new era," Ms Bowers said.

 The brief of work includes looking at ways Hawke’s Bay residents can further reduce, reuse and recycle waste as well as exploring the available technologies for dealing with the residual material that is currently being land filled, says Napier City councillor and Omarunui Landfill Committee member Michelle Pyke. "It is exciting that the Ministry for the Environment is backing the Joint Waste Futures project in Hawke’s Bay, which has the potential to lead New Zealand in the way waste material is managed into the future."

The options will be put before the public next month. The four solutions being intensively investigated are expanding the Omarunui landfill, thermal treatment, mechanical biological treatment and trucking the region’s waste out of the area to a commercial landfill. All options are reliant on increasing residents’ recycling and waste reduction efforts.

To give feedback, visit http://www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz/wastefutures or


Napier to receive Motorhome Friendly Town status


Napier has become the latest popular destination to be awarded Motorhome Friendly status by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA).

NZMCA Area Chairperson Doug Lines, accompanied by other Association members, officially presented a certificate and official signs declaring Napier’s status to Napier Mayor Bill Dalton yesterday (Wednesday 2 September).

“I’m just delighted that Napier has been recognised as a welcoming city to the responsible motorhome fraternity,” Napier Mayor Bill Dalton said.

Mr Lines said independent research showed domestic and international motor homers spent more than $650 million annually, and being classed as motorhome friendly gave Napier the chance to share in that revenue. The Association’s members enjoyed attending local events and taking part in activities such as riding the cycle trails and visiting wineries.

“The baby boomers have arrived with a long held dream to enjoy the freedom of the road. Now they want to experience the real New Zealand.”

The Motorhome Friendly scheme has been developed by the NZMCA to offer significant economic benefits to participating cities and towns, and assure its members of a warm welcome. Napier is the 32nd city to be included in the scheme.

The NZMCA was established 59 years ago, has more than 60,000 members and membership increasing at about 10 percent annually. For more information go to www.nzmca.org.nz

To view contributions to Napier’s section of the website, go to


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