Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Unison lights up new Hastings Skate Park

Unison lights up new Hastings Skate Park
October 13, 2013

The youth of Hastings can now enjoy a custom designed skate park in the heart of the city, following the Hastings District Council's development of William Nelson Park. And, thanks to Unison Networks Ltd, providers of the park's LED lighting solution, the community can enjoy the facility in safety, day or night.

Officially opened on 6th October by Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule, the newly developed green space features a playground, grassed area, and a specially designed skate park.

Unison partnered with the Hastings District Council earlier this year to supply LED lighting for the park.

Commenting on the project, Unison Group Chief Executive Ken Sutherland stated "this is a great addition to Hastings, and we wanted to support this community space by providing an innovative lighting solution, which is essential for the safe enjoyment of the facility.

"LED lights provide a natural white light, creating a well-lit environment where colours look natural. And in addition to being energy efficient, this new technology provides intelligent control to enable tailoring of the lighting to suit the time of night. It can be dimmed or brightened based on the need, such as public safety or late night skating."

The skate park has been given the seal of approval by Hawke's Bay's U15 skateboarding champion, Tai Manuel-Wepa, who added "the park has a bit of everything ... it's street like skating in town, so now we won't have to."

A move to LED lighting is being considered by Councils nationally, so the installation of this technology at William Nelson Park will enable Unison and the Hastings District Council to gain first-hand experience of the benefits of the technology for electricity distributors, Councils and the community.

For more information go to

Image: Tai Manuel-Wepa test the new skatepark.

Related Articles

1st November 2012 - Swimming and football the most popular sports for children

8th June 2012 - More Wellington Parks Go Smoke-Free

15th March 2010 - Hastings Consults on Aquatic Facilities Strategy

24th November 2008 - Lifeguards bashed at Hastings Splash Planet

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks



HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness



Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues


Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues



Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing


Centaman Entrance Control

Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…

read more

Access / Entertainment / Sport / Ticketing / Venues


Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues



BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business