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Chlorine protest at Hastings council drinking-water pop-up


Hastings district councillors, mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and council staff got more than they bargained for from their first community drinking-water "pop-up box" outside the Clive Community Hall yesterday morning.

Seven such public information sessions are being held this week, pitched as an opportunity for people to ask questions about the district's drinking water.

Dressed in bright yellow T-shirts at the mobile information trailer, council representatives faced some angry citizens, who questioned everything from how former mayor Lawrence Yule and chief executive Ross McLeod had kept their jobs after the Havelock North water crisis, to why there was a need to chlorinate drinking water. Read more