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Friday 8th September

Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott says the recent announcement of $270 million for an extra 60,000 households to receive ultra-fast broadband will reduce the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

190 small towns across the country will benefit from the Governments funding announcment.

Alastair Scott says reliable, high speed internet connectivity is a critical enabler for businesses and families that live in the regions.

He says world class ultra-fast broadband and regional wireless upgrades will be a game changer for regional health service delivery, education programmes, digital learning, and boosting local business opportunities.

Dannevirke, Woodville, Takapau, Waipawa and Waipukurau are all towns that will benefit from the ultra-fast broadband rollout, with the likes of Pongaroa also set to benefit from a $13 million investment in wireless internet service providers for rural and remote households.

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With the Hawke's Bay Regional Council ending its investment with the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, the CHB District Council is keen to support water storage solutions for the district.

Mayor Alex Walker said the Regional Councils' decision is “incredibly disappointing”, and says the district is now dealing with a double-whammy of disappointment as the Regional Council appear to now be consumed with dealing with water issues on the Heretaunga Plains.

She says while those on the Heretaunga Plains are in the early stages of dealing with aquifer over-allocation and the possibility of a Water Conservation Order, Central Hawke’s Bay has been trying to deal with similar issues for several years.

Ms Walker says what seems to have been forgotten is that the Tukituki catchment was identified as the priority area in the region for improving water quality and quantity – which is why the whole conversation about Plan Change 6 and the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme began several years ago.

She says the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will continue to support initiatives that have water storage at their core - which may be Ruataniwha, or some other solution.

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A 30 year old man is facing ten shoplifting charges after $10,000 worth of property was stolen.

The items include Stihl brand concrete cutters, a generator, handbags, childrens clothing and outdoor jackets, and were stolen from a number of stores across the region between the middle of last month and early this month.

Hawke’s Bay Police made the arrest this week, and the man has been remanded in custody to appear in the Hastings District Court on September 26th.

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The Central Hawke's Bay District Council is taking part in the Spring Fling promotion this weekend, giving local residents the opportunity to dispose of hazardous and e-waste for free.

Residents with unwanted paints, oil, batteries and dangerous chemicals lying around on their properties can dispose of them safely at the Hazmobile, which will be in operation at the Waipukurau Transfer Station between 10am and 2pm tomorrow.

The Hazmobile will also accept e-waste including old tv’s, computers, printers and electronic equipment.

The Council is also offering local residents the opportunity to dispose of their greenwaste for free at participating transfer stations this weekend.

The offer is available at the Waipukurau Transfer Station tomorrow, and at the Waipawa, Takapau and Porangahau Transfer Stations on Sunday.