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This year s hazardous goods collection
in Hastings and Napier has netted
about 25 tonnes of paint, chemicals, gas
bottles and waste oil.
Hastings District Council waste mini-
misation planner Angela Atkins said
the $60,000 cost for collection and dis-
posal was paid for by three councils:
Hastings, $25,000; Napier $25,000, and
the Hawke s Bay Regional Council,
The tonnage from the collection
earlier this month was well up on last
year s 18 tonnes, and about the same as
the 27 tonnes collected in 2006.
About double the amount of paint
was collected this year compared to
last, with Ms Atkins estimating the
weight at 15 tonnes.
Most of the acrylic paint was recycled
by an Otaki company, while oil-based
paint had to be dried out and then
buried in a land-fill.
Some chemicals could be processed
safely by an Auckland company, how-
ever obsolete and more dangerous ones
had to be shipped to companies in
Europe who specialised in breaking
Gas bottles and liquids like waste oil
were handled by Hastings companies.
Ms Atkins said while disposing of
some items could prove problematic, it
was better the council dealt with them
rather than people storing what could
be dangerous concoctions in their sheds.
Anyone storing hazardous materials
at home runs the risk of having the
containers develop a leak which will
become a danger to the environment or
could cause poisoning.
Flaxmere garden booms
Food for all: The health of the
Flaxmere Community Garden
harvest is checked by trust
director Henare O'Keefe.
Flaxmere s community garden
has almost doubled in size --
with about 100 fruit and nut
trees planted on a patch
opposite the vegetable beds.
The U-Turn trust-run garden
had proved a huge success in
its three years, said trust direc-
tor Henare O Keefe this week.
As well as supplying
vegetables to locals, it was used
to run a full-time 42-week
horticulture course, and
attracted primary schools who
took their pupils to the garden
for horticulture studies.
The garden is open 24/7.
As well as a practical supply
of good food, it serves the com-
munity educationally and
emotionally, said Mr O Keefe.
The garden was dug from a
disused sports field beside Te
Aranga Marae in 2008.
At the time of the first har-
vest from the garden, Mr
O Keefe said it had helped form
healthy relationships within
the community, promoting tol-
erance, understanding and
I love seeing the elders
interacting with the kids . . .
and I also love taro and
New-era trees' of steel and LEDs
It must be Christmas: Nikita Cameron-Breeds, 7, grins broadly from
her perch next to Santa on his sleigh.
Five four-and-a-half metre
stainless steel Christmas trees
will burst into light from within
the fountain in the centre of
Hastings from mid next week.
Tree builder Ross Mackay
describes the Hastings District
Council-commissioned trees as
contemporary with traditional
A tripod of three stainless
steel poles is coiled with an
LED-studded steel spiral, and
topped by a lit star -- a different
colour on each tree. Laser-cut
baubles, including candy canes,
snowflakes and moons, drip
from the branches .
Mr Mackay said the design
will have real impact.
Originally the [brief] was for
Christmas decorations to hang
around the area, then we
looked at trees. At that stage
we weren t going anywhere
near the fountain but council
wanted something more in the
eye so we scaled them up and
put them in the water.
The $18,000 project had been
an all-Hawke s Bay effort, with
Whakatu s Mr Mackay working
with Hastings designer Alan
Passchier, and Napier special-
ist LED lighting installer
The lights are very low volt-
age and the trees have been
made as vandal-proof as poss-
ible, said Mr Mackay.
A council spokesman said the
trees would take about two
days to install, with the lights
due to be turned on on Decem-
Santa will be three weeks
into his annual pre-Christmas
touring of Hastings as the tree
lights go on.
He made his inaugural 2011
appearance in Havelock North
on Thursday night, coinciding
with the retailer promotion
Sparkle on Joll.
Queues of children waited for
their turn to tell Santa they had
been very good, and put in
requests for presents.
Nikita Cameron-Breeds, 7,
got an extra treat, allowed to
climb aboard Santa s sleigh.
She said she was very nervous,
but the experience was fun.
And what did she want for
Christmas? A remote control
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