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Working towards a sustainable future
For further information, phone
the Napier City Council on 835 7595
Plate glass is not to be put out
for recycling. Only glass bottles and
jars are to be put out for collection.
Waste Weka Says
Recycle Your Glass
Quake prone Bay homes
Hundreds of Housing New Zealand
tenants in Hawke's Bay are living in
homes that are potentially earth-
quake prone, Housing NZ has con-
There are 23 Housing NZ build-
ings in Napier, and a further 23 in
the Hastings district that could
potentially be seriously damaged in
The Napier buildings are in
Napier South, Maraenui and
Onekawa and the Hastings homes
are in the suburbs of Mahora, May-
fair, Camberley, Raureka, Akina and
Housing NZ would not supply indi-
vidual addresses due to privacy
Housing NZ general manager of
asset redevelopment Sean Bignell
said all residential buildings
designed prior to 1976 that con-
tained two or more storeys, or held
three or more household units, were
considered potentially earthquake
With about 150 individual
tenancies in the multiple dwelling
buildings, including families, the
number of residents affected in
Hawke's Bay would be in the hun-
Housing New Zealand has
already advised tenants living in
potentially earthquake prone build-
ings that, like other owners of com-
mercial and residential buildings, we
will be inspecting these buildings to
assess the...strength of the build-
ing in a moderate earthquake,'' said
Buildings in Hawke's Bay will all
be inspected within the next two
months,'' he said.
The next stage is to develop a
national plan to address those build-
ings confirmed as at risk'', Mr
They would be brought up to the
earthquake standards of the Build-
ing Act 2004 or the standards of local
councils, whichever was highest.
The result could be the demolition
of some homes.
Concerned tenants can call Hous-
ing NZ's customer service line: 0800
Eye on police merger
Police are adamant a merger of
Napier and Hastings forces will not
take frontline officers away from
Changes announced last week
mostly affected the command struc-
There will now be one area com-
mander for Napier and Hastings,
rather than two,
Eastern District Commander
Superintendent Sam Hoyle said
there were no plans to move police
staff and the public would see little
Napier response staff will stay in
Napier and Hastings response staff
will stay in Hastings. Community
staff will remain in their roles in
their own stations,'' he said.
Last week police confirmed that
reception positions at Havelock
North and Taradale community
stations would be disestablished.
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule
said police were trying to make poli-
cing more efficient and effective in
the region and he relied on their
judgment to do what was best.
But Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott
said she would be keeping a close eye
on the merger.
The community are not open to
the idea of diminishing police pres-
ence in Napier,'' she said. I'm going
to give it a year to settle in. What we
want to see is better policing really .
. . more time on the streets and more
time with citizens, as opposed to
Napier councillor Rob Lutter was
worried Napier would lose more staff
to Hastings and that response times
We've already lost some
specialised staff to Hastings, I'd hate
to see any more go. It's all about
saving money, not better policing.''
But Mr Hoyle said the merger was
prompted because too many services
and resources were duplicated
within 20km of each other.
Many of our burglars and other
criminals operate in both cities.''
There will now be one area com-
mander instead of two. No other job
cuts are planned.
Police are yet to decide whether
the area commander will be based in
Napier or Hastings. -- Fairfax
Bookish: A lifetime supply of music magazines are among the treasures going up for sale at the twelfth annual
Napier Boys' High School Book Fair next week. Mitchell Thorne, left and Bradley Hansen were helping sort
the items, including a Rod Stewart album and a book on the Titanic and her sister ships.
Thousands of books have been donated by people throughout Hawke's Bay. The quality of the books is very
high including a ''large number'' of almost new books, said head of language and Book Fair organiser Robert
Arrell. ''During the next two weeks the books will be sorted into various topics and categories, and they will
be sold at very low prices.'' Funds are being raised for students travelling to Japan in September next year.
Book Fair, 9am to 3pm, February 19, Napier Boys' High School, Chambers Street, Napier.
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