Hawkes Bay briefs: September 5

Death threat suppression

A prominent Hawke's Bay businessman was yesterday granted interim name suppression after appearing in Hastings District Court on a charge of threatening to kill his partner. He entered no plea and was due to appear in court again later this month. The charge, which stemmed from an alleged incident on Monday, carried a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment.

Pou project approved

Hastings District Council has approved $50,000 for a public art project which will include 18 pou to be carved and installed in the city centre. The pou will form one part of the larger $7 million redevelopment of Hastings Civic Square, which includes the area around the Hastings Library and the Hastings Art Gallery. The pou will be carved from totara and will be about 2.4m tall and 40cm in diameter. Each will represent a tupuna, or ancestor, from 18 marae around the Hastings district. The location of the pou has not yet been confirmed but will be decided by the Maori community and the council.

Youths support park plan

The Hastings Youth Council is keen to support fundraising efforts to establish the new urban skate park near St Aubyn St in the west of the city.

The youth council has committed to organising a mufti day across several schools, to running sausage sizzles during the Blossom Parade in Hastings, the Global Challenge Day and Skate Jam, as well as a fundraising concert for young people. The council also visited the skate rink at Windsor Park and want to investigate how people can make better use of it and whether they can manage it as a community asset.

Rates review encouraged

A review to find better ways to make use of a rates relief incentive, which aims to encourage more business into Hastings, may be on the cards. The issue was brought up at the Hastings District Council's meeting yesterday, as part of an update report from Business Hawke's Bay. Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers said the council had a rates remission policy for new businesses but it hadn't been making people aware of it. Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce chief executive Murray Douglas said the council should make sure it applied the scheme to businesses with a long-term commitment to the city rather than ones looking for a cheap opportunity.

Unique insight into RWC

Hawke's Bay rugby fanatics have the chance to share a meal with a Rugby World Cup bigwig this month. Breakfast with RWC 2011 boss Martin Snedden will be held at the Elwood Function Centre on Thursday, September 13. He will speak to guests about his insights into business and sports. He will also launch his book A Stadium of 4 Million. Tickets to the 7.30am event are $20 and can be purchased from Hastings Rugby and Sports or the Hastings District Library. Proceeds will go towards both organisations.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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