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HASTINGS MAIL, DECEMBER 14, 2011
Cycleway work to start next month
New path: A concept drawing of the 400m boardwalk which will cover up the open drain that runs in front of businesses like the Strawberry Patch on
Havelock Rd. Construction of the boardwalk, part of council's $6.4m iWay project, is due to start early next year.
With $2.5 million of the $6.4m
iWay cycleways budget spent, the
Hastings District Council is
preparing to start on two major
links in the project.
It is also about to spend $70,000
on signs so cyclists can easily find
their way about.
Work on the off-road cycleway
between Hastings and Havelock
North will start in January, and is
expected to be completed by June.
The three-metre wide pathway
will run along the northern side of
Havelock Rd, beginning between
the outskirts of the city and the
roundabout at St Georges Rd.
It will extend to the bridge over
the Karamu Stream and features
a 400-metre boardwalk which will
cover the open storm drain that
runs in front of businesses like the
Tenders for the project closed on
November 29, with council s ten-
der subcommittee to decide the
Councillors concerned that con-
struction would disrupt traffic
during the busy January season
had their fears allayed at a
meeting last month.
Sustainable transport engineer
Brett Chapman told council s
major projects committee that as
the route was being built off the
roadway there would be no inter-
ruption to traffic flows.
He said requirements to that
effect would form part of the con-
A start on the route from Hast-
ings to Clive, most probably fol-
lowing the railway line, was also
expected to start early next year.
Any safety concerns, given the
proposed track s proximity to the
rail line, would be decided once
the route was finalised.
Initial design and consultation
with KiwiRail has identified
some parts . . . which will need
fencing, a council spokesman
Councillors were concerned at
the sights tourists might see while
cycling through the Whakatu
industrial area to Clive -- graffiti
and excessive litter -- with
councillor Ru Collins saying it
might provide the impetus needed
to clean the place up.
A council spokesman said the
graffiti and litter were on Kiwi-
KiwiRail do have a programme
of identification and removal of
graffiti. The final decision on
where a future cycle and walkway
goes is still being decided. If it
were to pass along this piece of
land, our graffiti removal team
would work with KiwiRail to clean
up any unsightly graphics.
Cash for the two projects would
come from the Model Communi-
ties budget set up in June 2010
with a $4m grant from
central Government and $2.6m
As of last week $2.5m had been
spent, with another $3.1m
expected to be spent in this
A report to councillors said so
far the design of the project and
the removal and/or replacement of
unsuitable cycle lane road
markings had been completed.
Plans were also underway to
purchase 200 bollards needed
to mark the cycleways and note
the distances between major
points of interest, at a cost of $350
The estimated completion date
for the whole project was June
Bureau has all the answers
Ready to help: New co-ordinator of the Hastings Citizens Advice Bureau Anita Murrell and
volunteer Kirsten, on the phone, are preparing for their busiest time of the year.
Less than two months into her role as the
new co-ordinator of the Hastings Citizens
Advice Bureau, Anita Murrell has dis-
covered one of her biggest challenges is
alerting those people who most need
help, that help is at hand.
Formerly Hawke s Bay regional
council s community engagement officer,
Ms Murrell, who is also a Havelock North
volunteer firefighter who shaved her
head in August for Bald in the Heat to
raise money for Child Cancer, started her
new job on October 31.
Since then Ms Murrell has been busy
preparing for the festive period, which
she says is traditionally the bureau s
busiest time as money worries, family
conflict and increased alcohol consump-
tion all contribute to higher stress levels
in Hastings households.
This is the beginning of our busiest
time of year, but we still struggle to
promote our service to the people that
need it most -- mostly due to the fact that
we are a non-profit organisation run on a
We can help with literally any prob-
lem, including family violence, tenancy,
financial stress, consumer rights and
even where to find a dance class, Ms
Most people also don t realise we are
the key agency for Consumer Affairs, so
we can help with consumer rights on
things like warranties and replacements
for things bought over Christmas, she
We are also the main public interface
for Immigration NZ and hold most immi-
Last financial year, the Hastings
bureau s 25 volunteers fielded 4393
enquiries, ranging from between 250 con-
tacts a month to 450 at peak times.
More than half of the enquiries were
via telephone, with walk-in appointments
the second most common form of contact.
The bureau have only had a national
website since September, so there are
more contacts coming via email and the
internet, but one of the problems is that
people who need help often don t have
access to the internet, Ms Murrell says.
People can contact the Hastings CAB
on 06878 0525 or call the national toll-
free number 0800 FOR CAB (0800 367-
222) which directs people to their closest
People can also email cab.hastings
@xtra.co.nz or check out cab.org.nz.
The Hastings CAB will be closed
between Christmas and New Year, but
outside of those times people can be seen
as walk-ins at their headquarters at 112
Queen St East between 9am and 4pm
from Monday to Friday (excluding public
holidays). The Hastings CAB also
provides a free legal service on Saturday
mornings between 9.30am till 10.30am
(excluding public holiday weekends).
Editor on leave
The Hastings Mail has a change of editor for
Neill Gordon is taking a year s leave to
travel to England for family reasons and
Hastings journalist Diane Joyce, a former
editor of the Kapiti Observer, will step into
Ms Joyce will also be editor of The Hastings
Mail s sister publications The Napier Mail
and Hawke's Bay Country Scene.
Police are asking the public for help to find plots
of cannabis, saying the growing season is under
way and plants should be about knee-high .
The majority of people in New Zealand do not
want drugs on their doorstep and do not want
their children growing up exposed to the misery
that drugs can cause, said Central District s
senior constable Dave Kirk.
We have seen clear evidence . . . where public
information has led to major drug seizures.
We can do something about the scourge of
drugs with the help of the community.
It is at this time of year that police particularly
need residents and visitors to rural areas to be
Plants being grown outdoors will be generally
in the region of knee-height by now and notice-
Offenders change their behaviour and gone are
the days of 300 or 400 plants all together.
Now they tend to be in smaller groups of 10 to
15 in the hope they go unnoticed, with other small
groups inevitably close by.
Police are asking people to report sightings of
plants or suspicious behaviour using the Crime-
stoppers phone line: 0800 555 111.
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