Fresh Look for Hawera Town Signs

Fresh Look for Hawera Town Signs

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hawera has a fresh welcome for travellers with the installation of three new signs at each of the Town’s main entranceways.

The signs are part of a joint project between the South Taranaki District Council (STDC) and Bizlink Hawera (Hawera Business Association).

STDC project manager, Claire Symes says the erection of the signs completes stage two of the upgrade project to replace the old town signs.

“Hawera had a mixture of tired-looking entranceway signs, from the three orange Water Tower signs to the two wooden ‘Kia Ora katoa’ signs on South Road and the Glover/Waihi Road intersection.The Kia Ora katoa signs, which were erected sometime in the 1970’s had served the town well but were well past their use-by date,” says Claire.

“The new signs are designed tomake the town’s entranceway signage look more modern and vibrant. We were also keen to put a sign right across the subway bridge at the southern end of town, however we were not able to get approval from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), so we had to go with something a little more modest” she says.

“The entrance signs are the first thing you see as you enter Hawera so it’s important they make a positive impression,” says Bizlink Co-ordinator, Rangi Coleman.

 “Putting up new town entranceway signs was part of Bizlink’s five year beautification plan, so it is really pleasing that we can tick that one off and move onto the next project,” says Mr Coleman.

The Council and Bizlink are also working together on the HaweraTown Centre Development Plan. The Plan, which is still in its early stages, will provide real potential to build a vibrant and economically sustainable town centre that is a showcase to attract new residents, business and visitors.