Home' Hastings Mail : June 14th 2011 Contents 7
HASTINGS MAIL, JUNE 15, 2011
What do you want Hastings to look like in 50 years?
That s the question the Hastings District Council is
asking as it begins a two-year process to review the
Hastings district plan.
The council has issued an Urban Issues Discussion
document, which will be followed by a series of com-
munity forums before a draft document is released in
The new district plan will be adopted later that year.
Councillor Mick Lester said the district plan was an
important document that would shape the future of
Hastings over the next half-century.
The plan sets out the environment in which people will
live, and includes rules on land use and subdivisions to
guide future development.
Together we need to think about what we want Hast-
ings to be like in 50 years, and start planning now.
It s vitally important we know what the public thinks
as we look to the future of Hastings.
If we re going to have a sustainable future, we need
to start thinking about the major issues we face, Mr
Challenges included Hastings ageing population: by
2045, the council predicts that 68 per cent of the popu-
lation will be aged over 65, and the Maori population is
expected to grow by 25 per cent (7000 people).
Resources will become less available and also less
affordable. How will we respond to the impacts of cli-
As energy costs rise, how can we better integrate
walking, cycling and public transport options in our com-
With the population ageing, do we need more compact
As we continue to develop, how do we maintain our
beautiful heritage buildings and importantly, how can
we ensure that the next generation enjoys the same
quality of natural environment that we have now? Mr
We must make plans today which will ensure a great
future for Hastings and we need to know if [people] agree
or disagree with where we are heading, he said.
To read the full Urban Issues Discussion Document and
provide your feedback, go to hastingsdc.govt.nz/
districtplan or you can pick up a copy from the Hastings
Feedback closes on Friday, July 15.
Ministerial role for Foss
National s Tukituki MP Craig Foss
says his first job as government minis-
ter will be to listen, read and learn
about his new portfolios.
Mr Foss was appointed last week as
a minister outside Cabinet by Prime
Minister John Key.
Mr Foss will take over the portfolios
of racing, civil defence, senior citizens,
and associate local government from
John Carter, who is retiring.
Mr Foss has also been appointed to
the associate commerce portfolio.
I m someone who likes to do my
homework, said Mr Foss, who
described his appointment as a career
I embrace new challenges and I m
determined to return the trust and
faith that has been placed in me.
Mr Foss returned to New Zealand in
2000 after a career in the finance sec-
tor, and started campaigning for the
seat of Tukituki in 2002.
He was elected to Parliament in 2005
and since 2008 has served as chairman
of Parliament s finance and expendi-
ture select committee.
I m immensely proud to be the MP
for Tukituki, Mr Foss said.
I m now looking forward to the new
challenge of making sure our commun-
ity s voice is even stronger inside Gov-
Mr Foss thanked his wife, Kristal,
his two daughters and family for their
on-going support and patience, and
said his parents had encouraged him to
climb every mountain .
Doing his thing: Special needs taekwondo student Yohann
Landkroon demonstrating the patterns he will be performing
at the 2011 World Taekwondo Championships in North Korea
in September, under the watchful eye of his Hawke's Bay ITF
instructor Ben Evans, at Havelock North High last week.
Yohann shows taekwondo skills
Landkroon was back at his
old high school last week,
doing his thing.
Landkroon joined in-
structor Ben Evans and his
fellow students from the
Hawke s Bay International
(ITF) school at Havelock
North High last Friday, to
perform a half-hour demon-
Not only was the demon-
stration designed to show-
case the skills of the young
martial art practitioners,
it was also to appeal to the
school students to vote
online for Landkroon to
win the $10,000 people s
choice prize in the national
AMP Do Your Thing
Landkroon and Evans
will be travelling to the
World Taekwondo Cham-
pionships in North Korea
in September, where Land-
kroon will become the first
special needs student to
perform for the sport s
world governing body.
Landkroon said he
wasn t nervous at the
special invitation to per-
form taekwondo patterns
in front of the best in the
I can t wait to go to
Korea and show the world
what special needs people
can do, he said.
Because Evans will be
busy competing at the
will be accompanied by his
parents on the trip.
It will cost the family
$15,000 in total, and so far
they have raised only
$3250. Air New Zealand
has helped out with free
airfares for the first leg of
Landkroon s journey, from
Napier to Auckland to Bei-
People can vote for
Yohann Landkroon to win
the $10,000 AMP cash prize
Or people can make
donations at the ANZ Bank
by direct debit to 11 6439
0048921 31, Account
name: North Korea Fund, or
get further information by
Links Archive June 7th 2011 June 21st 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page