Hastings will welcome 31 new New Zealanders at a citizenship ceremony to be held on Wednesday 11th December 2013, from 6 pm in the Hastings District Council Chambers.
The candidates’ nationalities are as follows:
South African 1
A Kaumatua will welcome those present on behalf of tangata whenua.
Hastings District Council Councillors will present each candidate with a kowhai tree to symbolise "putting down roots".
A proposed electorate boundary change could prove the downfall for any prospective Napier Labour candidate.
The Electoral Commission has put forth a proposal which could extend the boundary of the Napier electorate further north so that 1500 electors currently residing in the East Coast electorate would become part of the Napier seat.
Figures in the past have shown that the residents in this extended zone are predominantly National voters.
Although Labour has not officially named their Napier candidate it looks likely that former MP Stuart Nash would be the best pick.
New Labour leader David Cunliffe has said that Mr Nash has clearly been working hard in the electorate.
Mr Nash has said tht he would prefer the electorate boundaries to be extended further south rather than north as it would make more sense to group communities of interest.
The major urban areas of Hawke’s Bay will both move to a restricted fire season on Monday 9th December.
Despite some rain in the past two weeks, the undergrowth in parts of HastingsDistrict and Napier City is very dry, and there have been a number of potentially serious fires.
Hastings District Council Team Leader Emergency Management Trevor Mitchell "The restricted fire season begins at 8am on Monday morning and during this period a permit must be obtained before any fire is lit in the open."
Trevor Mitchell says "We are now entering a period of higher fire danger and we ask that everyone is extra vigilant when dealing with fires The weather forecast for the next 10 days shows a few showers but the temperatures will be warm, ranging between 25 and 29 degrees. The high temperatures and windy weather will cause vegetation to dry out even further and not following some simple rules may be enough to spark a major blaze."
"During the restricted fire season, anyone lighting a small fire for traditional cooking or in a container (such as an approved incinerator or brazier), won’t need to obtain a permit unless the fire is set to burn after sunset and before sunrise. These types of fires must be watched closely until they are completely extinguished and must not be lit in windy conditions or close to flammable material or buildings. We encourage the use of gas barbecues or similar outdoor gas appliances," Trevor Mitchell says.
For advice on fires or anyone on a rural property who is contemplating lighting a fire should contact their Council on (06) 871 5000 for Hastings or (06) 8357579 forNapier.
Any sightings of unattended fires should be reported immediately to 111.
Further information on fire restrictions in Hastings District is available atwww.hastingsdc.govt.nz/fire-restrictions
More information on lighting fires in Napier City is available at www.napier.govt.nz
The popular afternoon tea get together for survivors of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake will be held again next year on Sunday 9 February 2014.
The afternoon tea will be hosted again by Napier Boys High School at their Henderson Hall in Chambers St. The school was damaged in the 1931 quake and has recently had the hall earthquake strengthened.
"This has become a very special event for many of our senior citizens who take the opportunity to catch up with old friends and share their memories," says Napier City Deputy Mayor Faye White, who is coordinating this year’s event.
The afternoon tea is jointly organised by Napier City Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, HB Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Art Deco Trust, Hawke’s Bay Red Cross, and Napier Boys’ High School. Many local organisations and businesses also assist by sponsoring food and equipment.
Interestingly the number of attendees at the afternoon tea has increased in recent years, as more earthquake survivors join in to make contact with old friends and neighbours. They enjoy live music, a guest speaker and afternoon tea, when the Mayor’s cake is traditionally cut by the oldest and youngest survivors.
At the event in February, Red Cross volunteers will welcome guests and issue them with replica evacuee name tags. Parking and disabled access is available, the Art Deco Trust guides are available to assist guests where needed and first aiders will be in attendance.
Invitations will be sent out in January to people who have attended the afternoon tea in previous years. If any earthquake survivors have not attended before and would like to be invited, they can register at the Mayor of Napier’s office. Carers and family are also welcome.
The Napier City Council's new chief executive has acknowledged he could have handled matters better in relation to a controversial anti-amalgamation report he commissioned.Wayne Jack told Fairfax Media yesterday that while councillors and the mayor had agreed to the report being commissioned, if he did things again he would also have informed ratepayers.
Jack commissioned the 157-page report by Australian local government specialist Brian Dollery in September, a few days after he started in the role.The report was highly critical of an earlier report by management consultant Peter Winder, which pointed to savings if the region's five councils merged.
The Hastings District Council was not told the report was under way, and several elected officials in the other three councils - Hastings and Wairoa districts andHawke's Bay Regional Council - expressed surprise they had not been informed it had been commissioned, despite their chief executives having been briefed by Jack on September 11.
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