The coming year is filled with fun, family and friendly events to help bring people back to the Hastings CBD. Photo / Provided
Bring back the buzz!
From June until February next year, Hastings District Council will launch its Covid recovery plan.
To bring the “buzz” back to the city, the council and the Hastings City Business Association (HCBA) have planned numerous events, art installations and activities.
Last week Hastings District councilors approved the action plan at a full council meeting.
At the meeting, Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst said it had been a tough time for the downtown business community due to Covid, and it was time to bring people back to the downtown.
“With the help of our partners who will work to make these events happen, we want to rebuild and get back to where we were two years ago,” she said.
As part of the initiative, big plans for an upcoming Matariki festival to celebrate the new holiday are underway.
Other events to look forward to are an extended flower festival, the Taste Hastings festival and additions to the traditional Christmas events.
Residents can also look forward to a new series of art installations known as The Apple Project, where apple art installations will be placed in public spaces around the neighborhood.
And once we get to the warmer months, activities such as a shelling competition in the Havelock North Village pool to kick off the summer swimming season.
“It will be a fabulous few months to bring people to town and get them excited about all that is going on in Hastings,” Hazlehurst said.
The action plan does not include the many events planned for the reopening of the Municipal Building in August of this year.
And the proposed plan came at an estimated unbudgeted cost of $340,000, which would be secured by existing budget surpluses or redistribution without impacting the rating.
The HDC chose the partnership approach and applied for funding, with special efforts to obtain external funding or sponsorship, explained the mayor.
As we take the lead in developing this plan, our partners will implement it with our support and help find funds to reduce costs for the council, Hazlehurst said.
The council has written to businesses operating in the town center to thank them for their hard work and commitment to Hastings.
“We are proud of our passionate and truly unique CBD community of exceptional people, who continue to invest in and improve our city; and with their support, we will continue to make our CBD even greater.”