Rose Sunday at Frimley Park Hastings
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The 'Go By Bike Breakfast' at Albert Square this morning was a fantastic way to start the day.

Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and Councillors Henare O'Keefe, Damon Harvey, Simon Nixon, Malcolm Dixon and I all cycled the Hastings iWay with different schools this morning.

A special thanks to my old Primary School, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Hastings, for allowing me to lead their 40+ students to the event this morning.

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The kids and I had a ball walking the streets of Napier and Hastings in our art deco garb today.

Art Deco Weekend 2018 is underway and there are loads of fun activities for adults, kids and families all over HB.

See the event programme here:

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Yesterday, I went on an Art Deco walking tour of Hastings with local historian Michael Fowler.

As a local with a keen interest in Art Deco I was surprised by just how much I didn't know about our own city (and the characters of it's past).
If you have the opportunity to do such a tour with Michael, I highly recommend it.


What are your plans over Art Deco Weekend?

#artdeco #artdecoweekend

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Last week, Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst, Councillor Kevin Watkins and I had the great privilege of attending the Great Things Grow Here, Hawke's Bay Brand Champions evening.

There were a range of inspiring speakers who spoke to business professionals from around Hawke's Bay about the fantastic, globally-reaching businesses that are growing right here, in our own back yard.

It was also wonderful to see the MRD Web + Digital Marketing team out in full force, including some of the people who used to work with me at Xplore (the company I sold in Sept last year).

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Warbirds Over Awatoto 2018 is running until 4pm today.

It's been fantastic watching the Model Flying Hawkes Bay members put their model airplanes and helicopters through their paces.

Head down to the Hastings Clock Tower at 10:30am for a special ceremony to remember the 1931 earthquake that devastated HB and celebrate the city around us and the community that we all share.

I hope to see you there.

More info:…/earthquake-commemor…/hastings

Earthquake Commemoration Ceremony, Please join us to commemorate the 1931 ..., Hastings Clock Tower, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne, 3 February 2018,
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Today is International Harry Potter Day so the Hastings War Memorial Library held a Harry Potter Night.

There was Wand Making, Potion Making, a Quiddich Pitch, Fantastic Beasts, Face Painting and even a real life Sorting Hat.

Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate literacy. In particular, thank you to the libraries team who spent hours of their own time creating all of the little touches that made the evening so magical for our kids.

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What's rarer than a Blue moon?
A Super Moon, Blood Moon AND Blue Moon all in one night! The last time these events happened in one night was 152 years ago, so it's well worth a look at the night's sky, this evening.

- 8:15pm - the Super Moon will start to rise in the east. ...
Because it's the second Full Moon in the month of January it is also considered a Blue Moon.
- 1am - 3am - the Moon will begin to change colour with the most intense Blood Moon colouring being at approx. 2:30am.

Happy Moon Gazing!

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I had a fantastic morning helping the Hastings District Libraries team to celebrate the 700 kids who participated in the 2017/2018 Summer Sparks Literacy program.

Everyone who completed a challenge (from either the Inventor, Dreamer, Time Traveller, Reader or Artist categories) went into the draw to win a prize.

It was my great privilege to draw the 5 category winners and the Super Sparks winner (who completed all 30 challenges).


Congratulations to the libraries team and, not only to the winners, but also to everyone who participated!

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It's a family fun day at the Frimley Pools today. There's a Pool Party running until 4pm with loads of activities and prizes to be won.
Come on down and celebrate summer!

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29,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products every year. That means that 3,000 donations are needed EVERY WEEK to meet hospital needs.

The blood bank is in town this week. If you can donate call 0800 448 325 to make an appointment.

They're here tomorrow 12:30pm to 6:30pm and Thursday 8:00am to 12:30pm at St Andrew's Hall (206 Market St, Hastings).

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Today, I'm driving to Hawke's Bay from Te Awamutu. This is the 3rd time I've stopped (in less than an hour) to move fallen branches off of the road.

Thankfully some other drivers stopped to help me with this one.

Stay safe out there people!

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Sandra and I stopped by to visit everyone at the Community Christmas Lunch run by Age Concern at the Havelock North Function Centre today.

The room was very merry with over 200 people enjoying the festive season together.
I also dropped off Upstart Magazines to keep the 60 kids in attendance busy.


Meri Kirihimete everyone!

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Our family Christmas Eve tradition is to visit the houses around Hastings and Havelock North that are decorated with Christmas lights.

However, we never forget that this can be a lonely time of the year. Please check on your neighbours and the elderly in your community this festive season.

If you feel alone, please remember that you can call 0800 543 354 (Lifeline) anytime.


Meri Kirihimete!

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The final Hastings City Night Market of 2017 is underway!

Tonight is a festive theme, so I've been drafted as a volunteer Christmas elf to help out the big man himself.

Head on down, say hello, grab a free candy cane and join in the fun under the clock tower!


I'll see you there... 🎄🎅

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Nominations for new Hastings District Council councillor candidates open on January 16 and close on February 13 2018.

I encourage anyone who is passionate about the future of our District, and who is able to commit the time required, to stand for the Hastings-Havelock North Ward seat (which became vacant when former councillor Sandra Hazlehurst was elected as our mayor in November).

If you are considering standing, and have any questions for a current councillor, please get in touch.

Byelection process for Hastings-Havelock North councillor opens on January 16.