Upgrade of Karamu Road: the ‘greening’ of the entries to Hastings continues. This has been a difficult road due to the multiple infrastructure upgrades and the impact on retailers but the new realigned paving, lighting, flags, and plantings of rata trees with corten steel grates and supports have substantially improved the appearance of this main access to our city centre.
Street Flags: adding colour and a touch of art, these have proved effective for sharing information for a modest outlay, and their use will be increased.
Whakatu Link: progressive planting of over 13,000 (mostly native) plants along this important transportation route adds a corridor of trees and shrubs through the heart of our district. (aerial and planting)
Te Mata Park: construction has commenced on new toilets, a bike wash, and picnic areas plus re-vamped carparks at top and lower entrances.
Southampton Street: our ‘blossom city’ theme is to be bedded in with the planting of prunus cerasifera nigra (flowering plum) along the main stretch of Southampton Street. This route has gained hugely in use and these deep contrasting colours will resonate.
District-wide regeneration: over 17,000 shrubs and 400 new trees were allocated across our 160+ parks, edges and green spaces. Several replaced dead or failing species, but many were newly planted in redeveloped areas. A strong emphasis is placed on drought tolerance species in harsher locations.
Restoration: George Thompson-Pritchard Paintings – these reside at Duart House and the last four are up for restoration. The Landmarks Trust has allocated $8,000 towards two of these and the funds sourced from the Abbott Bequest, an HDC-held fund for artistic projects.
Opera House: for HDC in presenting a monthly time-lapse video of progress of this massive strengthening project – most of it hidden. See the Council website or Opera House Facebook page to view the videos.
Keep New Zealand Beautiful: Havelock North won the ‘best suburb’ award at this year’s competition. The beautiful re-development of the Havelock North Domain would have contributed substantially to this success.
Spring Spruce Up Community Competition: acknowledging the efforts of homeowners for their street appeal, which all contributes to the beautification of our District. Winners were announced at the end of November and are published on the Council website.
2017 Landmarks Awards
Held every two years, the awards recognising projects that preserve and enhance Hastings’ individuality. We felt so proud to highlight so much community involvement and achievement. The following recipients were worthy winners:
Waimarama Surf Life Saving Tower Architecture
Hastings Icons History – Art
Mackersey Family Pavilion History
Lions’ Community Park, Windsor Park Landscape
Te Waiwaia Language Suite – HGHS Landscape, Art History
HB Electric Power Board Restoration Architecture, History
Hutchinson’s Leadlight Restoration Architecture, History
Edible Fashion Awards Public Art
Te Papa Otanenuiarangi Whakatu Pou Public Art
Jubilee Building Façade Enhancement
Alexander’s Menswear Building Façade Enhancement
HB Knowledge Bank Jeremy Dwyer Supreme Award/Trophy
SPECIAL (PRIVATE) MENTIONS:
Wine Country Crafts and St. Andrew’s Estate
For more information please visit www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/landmarks
HASTINGS LANDMARKS TRUST