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Fire & Emergency NZ has moved Central Hawke’s Bay and eastern parts of Tararua District back to a Restricted Fire Season status. The move from Prohibited to Restricted was made yesterday. Anyone wanting to light a fire in the open air will need a permit, with applications able to be made on the website checkitsalright.nz. Hastings and Napier, along with the Hawke’s Bay Coast area have also moved back to a restricted season. Rates in CHB will go up nearly 50% over the next three years if ...

April 11, 2024

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Businesses and individuals interested in holding an event as part of the years Spring Fling can apply now. The Spring Fling is held from September to October, with registrations for 2024 due in by the 26th of April. Full details on how to apply are available on the website www.thespringfling.nz. Pongaroa farmer David Buick’s incredible comeback from an accident that left him critically injured nearly three years ago has continued with a win in the New Zealand Shearing Champs open shearing fina...

April 9, 2024

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Dannevirke woman Adele Small has been officially welcomed as the new Chief Executive for the Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust. Adele, who had been the Group Manager Strategy and Wellbeing for Tararua District Council, was welcomed into her new role at Pukemokimoki Marae this week. She was supported by Kahungunu whanau at her welcoming, with Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Chair Chrissie Hape saying Adele was instrumental in supporting whanau during the Covid lockdown. Ms Hape congratulated the Maunga...

April 4, 2024

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More than 100 competitors will take part in a major shearing event in Central Hawke’s Bay today.The Hawke’s Bay Autumn Shears is a brand new event being held at the CHB A & P Showgrounds.Organiser and top NZ shearer Johnny Kirkpatrick says check-in for the woolhandling is from 7am, with the competition underway from 7.30.The shearing competition will be underway from 11am.Johnny Kirkpatrick says they had talked about holding the autumn shears last year but didn’t have a pavilion to use...

April 3, 2024

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The Centralines Indoor Pool Complex re-opened this week following a 17-week maintenance shutdown. Initially plans were to have the pool closed for about 14 weeks. Kelly Millar, Chair of the Central Hawke’s Bay District Community Trust which owns the complex, said the heating and ventilation systems, and ceiling tiles, all needed replacing in the near 30-year-old facility. Some of the work involved was to bring the building up to the current building code. Kelly said the work all went as planne...

March 28, 2024

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The final of the Stevenson & Taylor sponsored T20 Cricket competition was played last Sunday. The final was between Wallingford and Waipawa, with Wallingford sent in to bat first, finishing on 140/8 off their 20 overs. James Mackie top scored for the side with 30, with Waipawa’s Kade Wynn taking two wickets for only eight runs. In reply, Waipawa started quickly – running up 50 runs in the first five overs, reaching their target in the 19th over with five wickets to spare. Ryan Kohelis to...

March 27, 2024

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The Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee says it fully accepts all of the findings of the Independent Review into the response to Cyclone Gabrielle. The review was released yesterday by former Police Commissioner Mike Bush and found the cyclone “overwhelmed officials” tasked with disaster response. More than 70 recommendations have been made by the review team. The Joint Committee confirmed its commitment to an overhaul of the region’s approach to emergenc...

March 26, 2024

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Firefighters from the Waipukurau and Tamatea brigades spent about three hours fighting a grass fire on Saturday. Firefighters were called around 9am to the fire on Porangahau Road. Fire & Emergency NZ said the fire covered an area approximately 35 metres by 30 metres.One person died in a quad bike accident on a rural property at Crownthorpe near Hastings on Saturday. A statement from Police said the incident happened around 2.30 Saturday afternoon, and that one person sadly died at the scene...

March 25, 2024

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The grand final of the Stevenson & Taylor T20 Country Cricket Competition is being played this Sunday. The match will be played at Forest Gate Domain at OngaOnga between Wallingford and Waipawa, with first ball at 1pm. Spokesperson Mark Boderick says the public are welcome to watch the action on Sunday afternoon.After beating them by six wickets in the final round robin game last week, the Waipawa Butchery CHB Premier Cricket team will once again face Cornwall this weekend. It is semi-finals...

March 22, 2024

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The final Surfing for Farmers for the season is being held today. Fine weather is forecast for this afternoon with Porangahau Beach the venue at 4pm. Organiser Andy Lee says this season has been better than last year – with no cancellations. He says they’ve had consistent numbers to this season’s events, and it’s been good to see some new faces. As Surfing for Farmers is run solely by sponsorship, Andy says support from local businesses and organisations once again has helped with purcha...

March 21, 2024

Government Cracks Down on Underage Vaping, Increases Maximum Fine for Retailers

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced a significant crackdown on underage vaping, including an increase in the maximum fine for retailers caught selling vapes to minors. The current fine of $10,000 will be raised to $100,000 in an effort to deter retailers from selling vaping products to those under 18.In addition to the fine increase, Luxon revealed that disposable vapes will be banned outright due to their affordability and accessibility, especially for minors. Luxon expressed concern...

March 20, 2024

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Tararua District Council is asking people who see others dumping rubbish on the sides of roads to report it. Last year the Council spent upwards of $40,000 on removing illegally dumped rubbish from roadsides. A Council spokesperson says the number of instances is increasing and is unacceptable. Anyone who sees such behaviour can contact Police on 105 or the Council via phone or the Antenno app. Last year the Council also spent around $30,000 on removing 71 abandoned vehicles in the district. Lin...

March 20, 2024

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State Highway 2 was closed yesterday following a crash between two trucks at Poukawa. The crash, between Te Mahanga and Horonui Roads, was reported just before 12.30pm.Diversions were put in place while the scene was cleared, with the Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Team advised of the accident. One person received minor injuries and was assessed by ambulance staff. The highway was reopened just before 5pm. Tararua Police say with driving conditions becoming more challenging due to wet roads a...

March 19, 2024

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A Givealittle page has been setup for a Dannevirke teen severely injured in a recent motorbike accident. 16-year-old Travis de Visser was flown to Christchurch Hospital following the accident on Saturday March 9th at the Taikorea motocross park – the day Travis was celebrating his 16th birthday. Along with breaking his back in three places, Travis also had internal bleeding and a punctured lung. The Givealittle page, which has so far raised just over $14,000, says Travis has a long road ahead ...

March 18, 2024

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Local cyclist Reagan Gough has announced his retirement from the sport. The 27-year-old, who won a teams pursuit World Championship gold medal in 2015, called time on his career on Wednesday. The two-time Olympian, who now lives in Cambridge, also won silver medals at the World Champs ion 2017 and 2020. A broken foot last November prompted his decision to retire.Thousands of people attended yesterday’s opening day of the Central Districts Field Days in Feilding. Mild weather conditions greeted...

March 15, 2024

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Additional tickets have been made available for tomorrow night’s talk on anti-violence. Matt Brown’s ‘She is not your Rehab’ is at the Civic Theatre in Waipukurau. The first lot of tickets sold-out on Monday, and organisers have made a limited number of extra tickets available. Tickets cost $5 and are available through Eventfinda.Following feedback from landowners unaware that they are still responsible for possum control on their properties, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is reminding o...

March 13, 2024

Free car seat recycling scheme starts in Central Hawke's Bay

Central Hawke’s Bay residents can now recycle their unwanted child carseats for free by dropping them off at one of three locations across the district. This comes after a successful pilot in September last year, which saw 47 carseats collected during the month-long event.  Sixteen of these seats were safety-checked and then donated to other families and 23 were able to be recycled. The programme, which is a joint initiative between the Safer CHB Road Safety network and Central ...

March 12, 2024

Review - The Drowning Girls

Review of the Waipukurau Little Theatre's production of "The Drowning Girls"Written by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson & Daniela VlaskalicDirected by Madeleine HowardShelly & I had the pleasure of attending the final dress rehearsal of the Waipukurau Little Theatres latest production: “The Drowning Girls” Upon entering we were met with an eerie bride mannequin … Setting the scene for what was to follow.The set was covered upon arrival and the show begins with a p...

March 12, 2024

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Two people died following a motor vehicle accident near the Pekapeka wetland on Friday afternoon.The two-car crash occurred about 2.30pm, and left SH2 closed until late Friday night.Police said two people died at the scene of the accident, while two other people – one in a critical condition – were taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.The critically injured person was then flown to Wellington Hospital, where they are in the ICU there.The Police Serious Crash Unit is undertakin...

March 11, 2024

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The NZ Army will be conducting a military exercise in Central Hawke’s Bay over the next three days. Soldiers from the Army’s 5/7 Battalion will undertake the exercise in the Wakarara area from today through until Sunday. Soldiers will be on foot and in vehicles on Wakarara and Makaroro Roads, and in the surrounding areas. The exercise will also involve the firing of blank ammunition rounds.A big weekend ahead for the Landrover Horse of the Year, which culminates with the Olympic Cup on Sunda...

March 8, 2024

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A rescue helicopter and Hato Hone rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene of a single-vehicle accident near Norsewood on Tuesday night.The accident happened about 6.30pm on SH2 between Garfield Road and Gundries Road, with a person trapped in the vehicle.Fire & Emergency crews freed them, before they were taken to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries.SH2 was reopened about midnight.Hawke’s Bay farmers Simon & Josi Beamish, and Hugo & Pip Beamish have been named Sup...

March 7, 2024

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The mother of Hawke’s Bay athlete Geordie Beamish was thrilled with his gold medal in the 1500 metre race at the World Indoor Athletic Champs in Scotland.Beamish ran a personal best time of 3 minutes 36.54 seconds to take the gold. Josi Beamish, who with husband Simon farm near Havelock North, said World Athletics put up a livestream of the race, and said his win was “very exciting”.Josi told Steve Wyn-Harris on Central FM’s Cockies Hour yesterday said Geordie has always loved to run, ev...

March 6, 2024

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There is another Strong Wind Watch in place for local areas today. Metservice says in the 14 hours from 3am to 5pm today, west to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places for Tararua District and Hawke’s Bay, south of Hastings.The purchase, installation, and commissioning of a water fluoridation plant for Dannevirke is moving forward following a directive from the Director-General of Health nearly two years ago. Last year the Tararua District Council paused progress on the pl...

March 5, 2024

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Pongaroa shearer David Buick was placed third in the Bayley’s Open Shears at the Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday night. A crowd of a thousand was on hand for the six-man final, which was won by Invercargill’s Leon Samuels. Samuels was the first South Island based shearer to win the open title in 35-years. Despite having the fastest time at 16 minutes 16.06 seconds, David Buick lost points on judging, leaving him in third place. Second place getter was Casey Brady from Riverton. Other ...

March 4, 2024

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Ryan Craw and Grady Collis from Dannevirke’s Pukemiro Station won the Student Shearing Challenge on the opening day of the 2024 Golden Shears in Masterton. Ryan and Grady were five points ahead of second-place getters, Bugs Butler and Rebecca Dickson from Smedley Station. Other results from yesterday saw Pongaroa’s Gemma Buick place second in the Novice Wool Handling final, with Gen Wood, also from Pongaroa, fourth. Ryan Craw, Grady Collis, Rebecca Dickson and Bugs Butler were also in the No...

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