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Director wants museum to be free

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Napier's much-criticsed Museum Theatre Gallery should be free to enter, its director says.

Peak park closed at night

Te Mata Peak

Vandalism, fire-lighting, wheelies, burnouts and littering have led to Te Mata Peak park being closed at night.

Pubs on struggle street

Kevin Alexander

Hawke's Bay's struggling nightlife scene has suffered another casualty with the closure The Brazen Head in Napier.

Council merger: debt no issue

Napier City Council

The argument that local body amalgamation would see Napier people paying for Hastings' debt is "so wrong in fact", that the proponents of amalgamation want it "ring fenced forever" to remove it from the discussion.

Theatre out of action and staff let go

Hawke's Bay opera house

Hawke's Bay Opera House has been closed for strengthening, resulting in the loss of 15 jobs.

Ladders the answer for native fish

fish

Native fish have been valiantly struggling for decades, trying to get upstream to breed in the face of barriers put in the way by man.

From rail line to cycle trail?

Napier Rail Trail

There is a push to turn the disused Gisborne-Napier railway line into a cycle track similar to the Otago Rail Trail.

Aquifer too precious to risk fracking

fracking

DIANE JOYCE - The Napier Mail

Any risk to Hawke's Bay's aquifer, however minute, is too big, say those opposed to oil and gas mining in the region.

Cheap taxi fares offered

Half-price Taxi Co

A new Hawke's Bay taxi company offering half-price fares is in it for the long haul, says its chief executive.

Lower surgery rate threatens DHB funding

Hawke's Bay DHB

he Hawke's Bay District Health Board is on a race to the bottom of the national elective surgery rankings.

Robo cows ready for milking

milking

Robots will be milking cows in Hawke's Bay by early next year and the public will be able to stop by and watch.

Napier health centre's $1m upgrade

napier health centre

A $1 million makeover of Napier Health Centre is under way.

A spitfire named 'The Waipawa Special'

Max Collett

Seventy two years ago this month a young Hawke's Bay man was among those to sign up for the Royal New Zealand Air Force - going on to fly Spitfires in World War II.

Designer invited to prestigious showcase

Laurel Judd

Napier designer Laurel Judd has been invited to showcase her garments in a prestigious New York fashion show.

Crosses honour soldiers' sacrifice

Napier white croses

The lawn around Napier's cenotaph has been transformed into a field of white crosses to mark the 100th centenary of the start of the Great War.

Port profits to pay for dam, almost

Ruataniwhat dam

Napier port is expected to cover the cost of ratepayers' $80 million contribution to the Ruataniwha Dam - but for the first couple of years it will be a bit short.

Lock down at Marineland proves tricky

Marineland

A raft of problems at Marineland means the quarantine period for the last of the seals has not started.

Prisoners walk the talk

Prison

Nearly 200 prisoners joined prison staff and members of the community on a walking track on Friday morning, raising money and awareness against family violence.

Call to share Te Mata Peak tracks

bike, bicycle, cycle, wheel

Cyclists are grumpy that they are not allowed to use most of five new tracks on Te Mata Peak.

Mayor: 'One shop is one too many'

Legal Highs

Haumoana resident Anaru Hamilton says the sale of "syns"- synthetic cannabis - is a "sin" against society.

Tag back on oil hunt

Tag Oil

TAG Oil has returned to look for oil at a Hawke's Bay site it left two years ago because of landowner opposition.

East Coast the crime capital

Police

Hawke's Bay continues to feature at the wrong end of crime statistics, with recorded crime last year increasing by almost 3 per cent.

Teen rapt at place in kayaking team

Aimee Fisher

Hawke's Bay sprint kayaker Aimee Fisher is heading overseas to compete in the "big leagues" - but she won't be on her own.

Board under pump to meet screening roll-out

A $10 million facility is needed to make sure Hawke's Bay patients can get access to a national bowel cancer screening programme - and it has to be nice enough to attract specialist staff to run it.

Wall fine but sea attacks road

Lawrence Yule

Nature is whittling back the five years the council thought it had bought itself to come up with a plan for the erosion-ridden Clifton camp - possibly to one year.

No-shows driven in to hospital

For years, literally, the health board's Maori committee has been trying to come up with ways to get Maori and Pasifika people to turn up for hospital appointments, especially first-time specialist appointments.

Businessman guilty

Rodney Green

The identity of a prominent businessman today found guilty on indecent assault charges can now be revealed.

Passenger loses baby, driver may face charge

Monique Grant and Neil Irwin

A young woman badly injured in a car crash near Waipukurau has lost her unborn baby.

'Great dad' not allowed in for capping

Jigendra Singh

Jigendra Singh's father and disabled brother were unable to attend his graduation after visitors' visas to New Zealand were denied.

Druggies intimidating

A sudden influx of drug-addled abusive customers in central Napier is wrecking businesses.

Nats pick Wayne Walford

Wayne Walford

DIANE JOYCE - The Napier Mail

Wayne Walford is "not scared to get out" into the community and is confident he can beat Labour candidate Stuart Nash for the Napier electorate in this year's general election.

Report debunks asset 'nonsense'

Napier City Council

DIANE JOYCE - The Napier Mail

A report on the state of Napier's infrastructure released by the council on Monday should "put an end to uninformed comment from people with hidden agendas", said mayor Bill Dalton.

Museum storage too close to sewage

Napier Museum

The Napier Mail

Storage problems at Napier's new museum have run up against another hurdle - sewage pipes that make it culturally unacceptable for storing taonga.

Diabetes debate hits low

CareSens diabetes meter

DIANE JOYCE - The Napier Mail

A war over a diabetes programme has collapsed into personal insults.

Pool to open later

The grand re-opening of Clive Memorial Pool, following its $1.9-million refurbishment, has been put back two weeks.

Airport 50th celebrations shine

Napier airport fire

The Napier Aero Club traditionally runs a display over the same weekend as Art Deco, but this year's event was very different with the Hawke's Bay Airport celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Surplus sewage land value drops

Percentage sign

The value of land bought by the regional council for a sewage treatment system has collapsed, valued last year at less than a third of what it cost.

Smaller crowd laps up Mission medley

Mission strap

REVIEW: The British and Irish Invasion took Saturday night's crowd on a rollercoaster ride of tempo and pace to accommodate five distinct musical flavours.

Trucks banned for art deco weekend?

The fight to get trucks off Napier's Marine Parade has reignited ahead of one the city's Art Deco Weekend celebrations. this month.

Wave garden plans start to roll into shape

The next step towards the the creation of New Zealand's first wave garden will be taken today.

Drivers take care near schools

School patrol

Police are urging drivers to be extra vigilant as the roads get busier with the start of the new school year.

Museum's wee problem

Napier Museum

What's the difference between going to a public toilet and going to a museum?

Kids denied chance to farewell animals

Marineland

A group of children have been denied the chance to farewell the Marineland animals they battled to save.

Pessimistic jobs picture

economy

Hawke's Bay residents have the least confidence in their local job market, scoring 94.5 on the confidence index compared to a high of 115 in Canterbury.

First - and last - Summerfest?

summer fest

Despite perfect weather, a disappointing crowd of only 800 people turned out for the new Backyard Summerfest in Waikoko Gardens at the Hawke's Bay Showground's in Hastings on Saturday .

Baches popular to rent this summer

Rental property

The Hastings Mail

Renting out the bach was lucrative over the Christmas break for Hawke's Bay property owners.

Wineries fight alcohol policy

Winery grapes

Pubs will close earlier, wine tastings will be held using plastic glasses, and off-licence premises will lose four hours of sales time if a new alcohol policy goes ahead.

Cricketers give economy a boost

cricket

HOANI HOTENE - The Hastings Mail

Young cricketers can be thanked for an estimated $4 million boost to the Hawke's Bay economy, says Hawke's Bay cricket camp co- ordinator.

Big jump in Hawke's Bay drownings

beachstrap

Hawke's Bay has had its worst year for drownings in nearly a decade - going against national statistics which saw the lowest number of drownings since records began in 1980.

Councillors to hold closed session on amalgamation

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

The Bay's city, district and regional councillors are gathering today for a closed workshop on amalgamation.

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