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A 54-year-old Gisborne man was arrested by Central Hawke’s Bay Police earlier this month after a young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted while travelling on an InterCity Bus. Senior Constable Andy Walker said the 19-year-old woman was on her way to Napier when the alleged incident took place. He said the man sat down beside her, and began touching her on the leg, and not taking no for an answer when she told him not too. Mr Walker said the man moved to the seat behind her, the man took he...

June 29, 2022

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Waipukurau’s Janet Castell has been named the Royal New Zealand RSA's Volunteer of the Year in the Leadership Category. Janet is the organisations’ District Support Manager for the Wairarapa/Hawkes Bay/East Coast District, overseeing volunteer Support Advisors delivering support outcomes to veterans and their families.  The RNZ RSA's Volunteer of the Year is awarded across four categories: Service, Initiative, Teamwork and Leadership. ---------------- Nominations for Central Hawke’s B...

June 28, 2022

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The Waipukurau Squash Club will send a team to the National Superchamps tournament in Ashburton later this year. In what is believed to be a first for the Club, the Ladies F Grade team will play in the Superchamps after winning at a District Elimination Tournament recently. Team spokesperson Nicky Heremaia said each region hosts a District Elimination Tournament where local clubs are able to enter teams to compete & qualify for the national tournament. Teams consisting of 5 players each play a '...

June 27, 2022

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The Taxpayer’s Unions “Stop Three Waters” campaign hits Hawke’s Bay today. The campaign is covering the length of New Zealand in an effort to stop Government changes to Three Waters. A rally and soapbox meeting will be held outside the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council offices in Napier from midday today, followed by an event with local leaders and guest speakers at the Meeanee Hall tonight from 7.30. Tomorrow, there will be a rally and soapbox meeting outside the Hastings District Council ...

June 23, 2022

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There were traffic delays on the Saddle Road on Monday night after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The incident was reported to Police just after 5pm Monday near the Ashhurst end of the Saddle. Police said the pedestrian suffered moderate injuries. Police also said the incident caused traffic delays between Ashurst and Woodville. The road was cleared about an hour later.---------------------There were three minor motor vehicle accidents in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday.One person receive...

June 22, 2022

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Hockey player Megan Hull was named Tararua’s Supreme Sportsperson of the Year last Friday night. The annual Downer Tararua Sports Awards were presented virtually once again this year. Hull, who is busy preparing for the Women’s Hockey World Cup starting next month, was also named Sportsperson of the Year. Other winners from the Awards : Abby Treder – Junior SportswomanConnor Anderson – Junior SportsmanAdam Jones – Coach of the YearKen Metekingi – Official of the YearBexx Brown – Ad...

June 21, 2022

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Traffic on the Saddle Road was disrupted for a large part of last Friday after a truck and trailer veered off the road into a ditch near the Cook Road intersection. The driver was unable to drive the unit out of the ditch, causing the westbound lane of the road to close. The incident happened around 10am. The road was fully closed to allow for the truck and trailer to be removed about 1.30pm, and fully re-opened just after 4.30pm. ------------------ Tararua District Council has issued a precauti...

June 20, 2022

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There was strong interest from young people interested in a cadetship at Smedley Station. Smedley held its annual open days last weekend, with over 200 people attending on Saturday alone. 130 people interested in a cadetship registered their interest. Applications for the next intake close on the 22nd of July, with application forms available on the Smedley Station website. ------------- The annual CHB Lions Book-A-Rama is on over the next three days. Opening today at the CHB Municipal Theatre i...

June 17, 2022

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All power outages caused by high winds earlier this week have been restored. Outages were reported right across Central Hawke’s Bay, with Centralines crews working quickly to restore supply. Hundreds of consumers were affected, some on more than one occasion. As at this morning, there were no known outages on the Centralines network. Meanwhile roading crews worked all day yesterday to clear debris from local roads. Old Hill Road – that had been closed on Tuesday due to large trees being acro...

June 16, 2022

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There are 1275 active COVID-19 cases in Hawke’s Bay. Yesterday the Ministry of Health announced 186 new cases in the region, which included 13 in Central Hawke’s Bay. CHB’s total active cases sit at 86. In Tararua District, there are currently 176 active COVID cases. ------------------ A Strong Wind Warning remains in place this morning. Westerly gales are forecast to potentially reach 120km/hr at times until around 10am in Tararua District and for areas of Hawke’s Bay south of Hastings....

June 15, 2022

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There is an Orange Strong Wind Warning in place for the Tararua District and for areas of Hawke's Bay south of Hastings. Metservice forecasters say in the 24 hours from 10am today, westerly gales are forecast to be severe at times. They say wind gusts could reach 120km/hr at times. ----------------- Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty has been promoted in a Government reshuffle announced by the Prime Minister yesterday. Mr McAnulty, who is the current Chief Government Whip, will become a Minister Outsi...

June 14, 2022

Cabinet changes following Faafoi, Mallard resignations

Kris Faafoi resigns from Parliament. Kiri Allan promoted to Justice Minister, Michael Wood picks up ImmigrationSpeaker Trevor Mallard to end 35 year parliamentary career in mid-August as he prepares to take up a diplomatic post in Europe. Adrian Rurawhe to be nominated as SpeakerPriyanca Radhakrishnan moves into Cabinet and gains Associate Workplace Relations and SafetyKieran McAnulty becomes a Minister outside of Cabinet with a focus on regional issues - picking up Emergency Management and Raci...

June 13, 2022

Further pay bump for new parents

Paid Parental leave entitlements will increase on 1 July, resulting in up to $40 extra a week for new parents, or up to an additional $1040 for those taking the full 26 weeks of parental leave, Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood has announced today. “We know things are tough right now for many families as global inflation affects prices here at home, today’s announcement will help ease some of that pressure by putting an extra $40 a week in the pockets of those taking new parents,...

June 13, 2022

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A Strong Wind Watch is in place for Hawke’s Bay this morning. North to northwest winds are expected to approach severe gale at times in exposed areas of the region until about eleven o’clock tonight. Strong winds woke some Central Hawke’s Bay residents this morning. On social media one person said the wind had caused their “bed to shake”, while another said their power box had been taken out, and they were without electricity. ---------------------- Meanwhile strong winds on Friday nig...

June 13, 2022

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There is a strong wind watch in place for Tararua District and the ranges of Hawke’s Bay today. In the ten-hour period from 5am to 3pm, Metservice says northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places. Forecasters say the strong wind watch may get extended as west to northwest winds are forecast to strengthen again overnight tonight and tomorrow. Strong winds are also expected across Sunday and Monday, with severe gale force winds in Tararua District Monday. Meanwhile GoBus has advis...

June 10, 2022

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The Mangatewainui Bridge on State Highway 2 south of Norsewood is down to one lane due to cracking on the bridge deck. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said despite the cracking, the bridge remained safe for use by traffic. Stop/Go traffic management with a temporary speed limit of 30km/h is in place, and a spokesperson said contractors may look to install temporary traffic lights to control the flow of traffic later this week. Contractors expect to repair and reseal the bridge later this week or...

June 9, 2022

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Two men have been arrested in relation to the death of a Tararua man in Taupo earlier this year. Ryan Woodford, who was from Pahiatua, but had been living in a motel in Taupo, died on the 6th of March. Detective Sergeant Andy Livingstone said yesterday a 31-year-old man and a 40-year-old man have been arrested and charged with murder. He said the investigation has spanned several Police districts and has involved a large number of staff and effort to resolve. The two men are due to appear in Tau...

June 8, 2022

Dannevirke Urban Recycling Service

There has been a lot of interest around the new urban recycling service in Dannevirke which will start next month. We have compiled the most frequently asked questions and provided answers below. Who gets these bins?All properties in Dannevirke, Eketāhuna, Woodville and Pahiatua that pay urban rates will receive these bins. You may see your neighbour doesn’t have one, this is because they are in the rural boundary.  What will we get?A 240L wheelie bin for recycling 1, 2 & 5 plastics, car...

June 7, 2022

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A ticket sold at BP Waipawa for last Saturday nights Lotto draw has won a third share of First Division. The ticket is worth $333,333.00. Anyone who purchased a ticket from the store is asked to write their name on the back, and get it checked as soon as possible. ----------------- Pōrangahau is the first community in the region to receive tsunami 'Blue Lines' Blue Lines are road markings that show the maximum reach of a large tsunami and the safe places to evacuate to if there is a long or str...

June 7, 2022

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A state of the art all terrain wheelchair is now available for Central Hawke's Bay residents to access local beaches and walking tracks.Funding for the $10,500 wheelchair was made possible thanks to funding from the Waipukurau Rotary Club, Takapau Lions and the Hastings District Masonic Trust, working in conjunction with the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.The Council spoke with a number of organisations about various all-terrain options.The new wheelchair can be used on the beach, trails...

June 3, 2022

Beaches and trails no obstacles to all-terrain wheelchair

Central Hawke's Bay residents living with disabilities can now more easily access local beaches and walking tracks after Council and community worked together to research, fund and purchase a state-of-the-art all-terrain wheelchair. Opening up Central Hawke’s Bay’s public places and spaces to people living with disability is an aim of the CHB Disability Network, and it was from their good idea that this joint project took shape. Central Hawke’s Bay District Council gathered infor...

June 2, 2022

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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was called to rescue a group of trampers from the Ruahine Range on Sunday.Two personal locator beacons were set-off after some of the trampers fell ill with gastroenteritis.The group were halfway through their hike when several of them fell ill.The group had then split in to two.Three patients needed helicopter transport and were flown to Palmerston North Hospital for treatment.-----------------A petition to help keep the CHB SPCA Centre in Waipukurau open ...

June 2, 2022

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A Huia bird stolen from the Dannevirke Gallery of History nearly two years ago will soon be returned to its rightful place. Police received a tip-off as to the whereabouts of the bird, which was the female of a pair shot in the late 19th Century, and gifted to the Gallery in 1990. Dean Mudgway was subsequently arrested and sentenced to 19 months imprisonment for the theft. Police found the bird at a property in Paraparaumu when executing a search warrant last week. ---------------- A film night ...

June 1, 2022

Pahiatua supports twin town in Poland to help displaced Ukrainians

The community of Pahiatua is fundraising to help their twin town in Poland, Kazimeriz Dolny. Hundreds of Ukrainian families have fled to Kazimierz Dolny to escape the atrocities of the war. Among others, the fundraising includes the screening of “Overcoming Fate” (2015), a Polish documentary (with English subtitles) that tells the story of the Polish Pahiatua Children.  In 1944, the people of Pahīatua opened their homes and hearts and welcomed over 700 Polish children displaced by the ...

May 31, 2022

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Chainsaws and other tools were taken in a burglary at Ormondville business Ruahine Timber last week. Sometime overnight last Thursday offenders have entered the Ruahine Timber yard by going through a neighbouring farm, taking down the electric fences in a paddock while making their way through it. Two doors and a wall were smashed to get in to the workshop building, with four chainsaws, power tool batteries and a Banco tool set taken. All of the gear was engraved with RTL. Anyone with informatio...

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