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Next stage of Hastings' Lyndhurst residential development on the way, says district council

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The need to release more residential sections has seen Hastings District Council purchase a piece of private land for an undisclosed sum, in order solve the stormwater issues associated with the second stage of the Lyndhurst Rd residential development.

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Makeovers encourage Hawke's Bay students to 'Bridge the Gap'

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Stylist Sarah Rose adds the finishing touches in a makeover for one of the students taking part in the Bridging the Gap programme.Supplied.

Some vulnerable youngsters received makeovers at Hawke's Bay's EIT recently, to build their confidence and help them recognise their potential.

The 'Bridging the Gap' initiative was a pilot in Hawke’s Bay although contracted mentor Amanda Betts, who co-founded the scheme, works on a regular basis with young Aucklanders.

EIT collaborated with Child Youth adn Family Services (CYFS) in offering the two-day sessions – one for the 12-14 age group and the other for teenagers aged 15 to 17. A further day of one-on-one sessions for the older group has resulted in enrolments at EIT.

Twenty or so participants, most of them living in care, completed the programme, with EIT hairdressing and Hawke’s Bay Trades Academy hair and beauty students working with tutors and Bridging the Gap stylists on their makeovers.

“The point we were making was that if they can transform how they look in such a short time, imagine what they can achieve in their lives,” said Betts, who, despite a dysfunctional upbringing, went on to develop a successful modelling career and co-founded a modelling agency.

Based in Auckland, where she works mainly as a motivational speaker, Betts says she would like to offer the Bridging the Gap programme as a regular event in Hawke’s Bay.

Seven Hawke's Bay contenders for Cuisine's NZ restaurant of the year title

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Bistronomy in Napier, winner of Outstanding Restaurant at the recent Hawke's Bay hospo awards, heads a contingent of seven local restaurants selected in the 2016 Cuisine New Zealand Good Food Awards.

Hawke's Bay is punching above its weight when it comes to good food,  with seven of the region’s restaurants named among the top 83 in the country that will be vying for the title of NZ Restaurant of the Year at the 2016 Cuisine New Zealand Good Food Awards.

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