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Amy Shenton, Lives: Hastings.
Sustainability: ''I think that
ensuring the sustainability of our
resources and the environment is
always important. The further
council looks ahead, hopefully the
less chance there will be a mess later
on. Especially when it comes to the
environment -- people don't get
how important it is, until it's gone.''
Mark Mason (Havelock North)
Limit subdivision: ''Council should
try and limit this increasing scale of
subdivision we are seeing. More
people living in high-density
housing, I believe, creates areas
which are less family-oriented.
Children need areas and space to
Keita Puriri (Hastings), with
More parks and reserves: There
should be more of them, and they
should be of a better quality. As it is,
it takes too long for me to walk with
my daughter (also named Keita) to
find a good park with a good
playground and swings. These can
add value to people's lives.''
Ricc Buttle (Havelock North).
Protect the environment:
''Because once it's gone, it's too late.
We need to keep our environment
as natural as possible, not only for
tourism, but for our future
Govin Symonds (Hastings):
Better public transport and
cycling: ''It appears to me that public
transport in Hastings is pretty non-
existent. But the cycling ways are
fantastic, probably among some of
the best in the world. The cycleways
can also help with healthier living.''
The dream Kiwi quarter-acre may
be a thing of the past, but not
everyone is thrilled at the modern
trend of compact urban living.
The Hastings Mail recently
asked five people what they
thought was the most important
issue Hastings District Council
should consider in its current
review of the Hastings district
Council recently released an
online Urban Issues Discussion
document on its website for public
The feedback received will help
shape the new district plan, to be
adopted in 2013, which will set
rules for land use and
subdivisions and largely deter-
mine what environment people
will be living in by 2045.
The document puts forth the
scenario that population growth
and future housing needs will be
accommodated within the existing
boundaries of the district s three
major urban areas -- Hastings,
Havelock North and Flaxmere --
continuing a trend of higher-
density housing and more com-
Any new subdivisions would
also be subject to low-impact
design standards, aimed at
dwellings and compact develop-
ments that have a limited effect
on the environment, while also
maintaining a high amenity
Council also proposes that no
more food-producing Heretaunga
Plains land be re-zoned for com-
mercial or industrial activities.
Council predicts the further 35
hectares of land needed for these
activities by 2045 can be con-
tained within existing zones.
One of the respondents, Mark
Mason, from Havelock North,
feared that forcing more people to
live closer together would result
in less family-friendly
environments. You can read his
comments, and those of the other
To read the full Urban Issues
Discussion document and to have
your say, go to hastingsdc.govt.nz/
districtplan or pick up a copy from
council. Feedback closes on Friday,
Community work for Guy hate letter
Harmful: Richard Johnson.
A Hastings man sent a malicious
letter to the grieving family of
slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy to
cause emotional harm, a court has
Richard Johnson, 41, sent the
anonymous note, in which some of
the letters were dripping with
blood, to Dianne Bullock, mother
of Mr Guy s widow, Kylee.
It said: Mrs Bullock, oh how
sad that such a tragedy has beset
your family. How awful for you
and your daughter. But you are
such a cold-hearted bitch . . . I
doubt this incident has had much
effect on you anyway. What goes
around comes around.
Johnson was last week
sentenced to 300 hours com-
munity work after being found
guilty in May.
He and Mrs Bullock had worked
together in Hastings in 2006. The
pair did not get on and Johnson
left the job in 2007. He sent the
letter in September last year, two
months after Mr Guy, 31, was
shot dead outside his home.
Judge Alistair Garland ordered
payment of $1500 reparation to
Mrs Bullock for emotional harm.
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