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New star in Hastings CBD

December 16, 2013

New star in Hastings CBD

A new Christmas star has been installed in Hastings CBD (Monday 16th December).

The decoration has been placed on the roundabout at the intersection of Heretaunga Street East and Hastings Streets following an assessment of the current CBD Christmas decorations revealed that many were at the end of their useful life. The decoration has been created by world renowned Whakatu based artist David Trubridge.

Deputy Mayor Cynthia Bowers says “In recent years Santa, his sleigh and seven reindeer have been attached to the outside balcony of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House. An inspection, prior to installation this year, revealed that Santa requires an extreme makeover to return him to good condition. In view of the deterioration in his condition, it was decided that he shouldn’t be put up on the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, however there is the potential for him to be renewed and reinstated in the future.”

Cynthia Bowers says “In addition, some of the tinsel decorations which adorn the CBD have also reached the end of their useful life. Rather than spend money renewing the tinsel this year, only the best pieces have been put up. The deterioration of the current decorations prompted a rethink about what would be placed in the CBD to mark Christmas and the idea of a star was born.”

“The reindeer still made an appearance this Christmas, as part of a fun treasure hunt,” Cynthia Bowers says.

The star has been constructed of stainless steel that twinkles in the daylight while internal LED lighting will illuminate the star from 7pm each night. The star will stay in place on the roundabout until the other Christmas decorations around the CBD are removed in late January. David Trubridge sponsored part of the cost of the decoration while the remainder has been funded from the savings made from not putting Santa up on the Opera House this year.

A report will be presented to Hastings District Council in 2014, which will seek funding to upgrade all the CBD Christmas decorations, in view of their current poor condition.


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