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More than $5,500 was raised for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation thanks to a High Tea & Cinema fundraiser last weekend. Organised by Property Brokers in Waipukurau, the event was held at the Civic Theatre with a special screening of the movie, June Again by New Zealand Director, JJ Winlove. JJ, who is part of the local Winlove family, recorded a message before the movie played to 250 people on Sunday. Movie company Studio Canal donated the screening for the event.-----The Dannevirke Showgrounds i...

June 25, 2021

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Maharakeke Road was closed for a number of hours yesterday after a truck and trailer carrying fertiliser tipped over. Emergency services were called to the accident around 9am. The northbound truck is said to have left the road and tipped, spilling its load onto the road. Traffic was diverted onto Station Road while the scene was cleared. Maharakeke Road reopened about 3.30pm.----Horizons Regional Council has adopted its 2021-31 Long Term Plan. Council considered over 430 submissions, feedback o...

June 24, 2021

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A Porangahau man will face a number of charges when he appears in Court next month following an incident in the township at the weekend. Senior Constable Andy Walker said it was a nasty sort of incident after the 45 year old was asked to leave an address in Porangahau but went back and broke through the doors, and confronted somebody inside. Mr Walker said while being transported to Hastings, the man made a number of threats towards two officers including threatening to kill and rape them. The ...

June 23, 2021

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Taylor’s Slab on Herrick Street in OngaOnga was closed due to flooding yesterday. Heavy rain saw roading contractors kept busy clearing channels, unblocking culverts, and clearing debris from roads. Kahuranaki Road was also affected, with a tree coming down across the road. In Tararua, Route 52 was reduced to one lane in parts, with caution urged. The weather will settle down today for both CHB and Tararua, with showers or light rain expected throughout the day.-----A community meeting will be...

June 22, 2021

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A 12-year old boy has been referred to Police Youth Aid following an incident at a local supermarket last week. Sergeant Neil Baker said the incident occurred at Countdown Waipukurau where the boy used a lighter to burn a hole in a packet of chocolate. He said the boy has been spoken to by Police.-----The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has adopted its latest Long Term Plan. District Councillors met last week to confirm the 10 year Plan, which begins in July this year. The Council said ...

June 21, 2021

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A Dannevirke man has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison on multiple charges relating to the possession of child sexual exploitation material. 43-year old Bradley Dean Johnson pleaded guilty to the charges in the Palmerston North District Court this week. The charges stemmed from an investigation and prosecution by Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs. As well as his jail term, Johnson will be required to forfeit devices and be added to the Child Sexual Offenders Regist...

June 18, 2021

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Police have now charged a second person in relation to the death of Napier man Peter Lui in March.A Police spokesperson said a 22-year-old Hawke’s Bay man was to appear in the Hastings District Court via audio-visual link yesterday.Belmont Te Aonui-Tawhai is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, aggravated robbery, and assault with a weapon.Mr Te Aonui-Tawhai did not enter pleas to the charges and was remanded in custody until July, when he will next a...

June 17, 2021

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New solar powered compacting rubbish bins are to be placed around the Tararua District. The “BigBelly” bins will initially be used in remote areas that have a steady stream of visitors where usage varies widely. So far, the Tararua District Council has purchased four of the bins, which can send real time data to let council contractors know how full they are. Economic Development Advisor Angela Rule says with these solar powered bins, rubbish collection can be planned and coordinated better....

June 16, 2021

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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is reminding people that it is not operating walk-in clinics for COVID vaccinations. Earlier this month the DHB setup ‘super clinics’ to administer the vaccine to those identified in Group 3. Letters are being sent to the estimated 50,000 people in Group 3 with details on how to make an appointment. Another clinic is being run in Waipawa today, and the DHB say they are getting a huge number of walk-ins, which is putting pressure on their team to turn p...

June 15, 2021

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Police has released the name of a man who died following a crash on SH50, between Tikokino and Maraekakaho, on Friday. 37-year-old David John O’Sullivan of Crownthorpe died following an accident between a truck and a pedestrian at about 6pm Friday. Police said Mr O’Sullivan may have been unloading equipment from another truck when the crash happened. A Police spokesperson said an investigation into the crash is ongoing and that they would like to speak to anyone who may be able to assist. An...

June 14, 2021

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Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Rex Graham has announced he is standing down. Mr Graham made the surprise announcement yesterday, saying he needed to focus on his health and spend time with family. He said discussions were underway on an orderly transition to the end of the month. Rick Barker will stand in as Chair until a permanent appointment is made. In a media statement yesterday, Mr Graham said he had greatly enjoyed his involvement with tangata whenua, and his involvement with the ...

June 11, 2021

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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board said its hospitals coped well during yesterday’s strike action by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants. Emergency and essential services continued during the strike action, but all non-urgent appointments and elective surgeries were rescheduled. The DHB did request more nurses to help as some Hawke’s Bay Hospital wards experienced high demand due to a number of very sick patients needing more care. The request made to the New Zealand Nurses Orga...

June 10, 2021

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Services will be disrupted at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board facilities today as nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants go on strike over pay and conditions. Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation will strike between 11am and 7pm. Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the DHB, Chris McKenna, said contingency plans were in place with only emergency and essential services continuing during the strike period. The strike will see outpatient clinics in CHB closed, however the Distr...

June 9, 2021

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Firefighters were called to a house fire in Dannevirke in the early hours of Saturday morning. Luckily the four occupants of the home were alerted to the fire in the kitchen by a smoke alarm, and were able to evacuate safely. Two males were taken to Palmerston North Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation, and were discharged yesterday. Police said the fire was not being treated as suspicious, and the Dannevirke community have swung in behind the family with donations of household goods and cl...

June 8, 2021

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Central Hawke’s Bays Mayor says the way the district is responding to last weekend’s devastating fire which destroyed Waipawa’s Four Square speaks to the strength of our community and our spirit of service. Shortly after the blaze broke out, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council had staff on site to provide support. In the days following, a number of businesses in Waipawa have increased stock lines, a temporary pedestrian crossing has been created along the towns main street, and free...

June 4, 2021

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Waipawa Four Square owner Rachel Williams says the “incredible support” her and husband Graeme are receiving following Sunday’s devastating fire at the store is making “coping so much easier”. She says parent company Foodstuffs have been supportive, and she thanked them, their insurance brokers and everyone for their well wishes since the fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown but is not being treated as suspicious. Hawke’s Bay Assistant Area Fire Commander Glen Vercoe said a sp...

June 2, 2021

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are reminding vehicle owners to lock their vehicles and keep valuables in them out of sight. Constable Hanna Brockbank Smith says there has been a spate of thefts from vehicles over the past week, with places like sports grounds and car parks hot areas for thefts. Constable Brockbank-Smith is also asking people who notice suspicious activity, especially youths hanging around and looking into a vehicle, to call 111 straight away. She says Police are getting a lot of w...

June 1, 2021

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Two Waipawa businesses – Four Square and Lulu & Max childcare - were destroyed by an early morning fire yesterday. Emergency services were called just before 4.30am to the fire on High Street, with the fire fully extinguished just before 8am. Fire & Emergency NZ say it is too early to tell what caused the fire, but a Fire Investigator will be looking into the blaze. Two firefighters were injured while fighting the fire – with one of them taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital with moderate injuries...

May 31, 2021

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Central Hawke’s Bay College has so far raised over $8000 from its annual Work Day earlier this month. Principal Lance Christiansen said the money raised will be spent directly on the students. He said the experiences of Work Day have, for many, helped them think about their future options and pathways. Money is still being counted, and Mr Christiansen thanked all members of the school and wider CHB community for their support of students during Work Day.  -----Submissions will open t...

May 28, 2021

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Local cyclist Regan Gough will have his hair shaved for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand. The Tokyo Olympics bound Gough will join fellow New Zealand team members Callum Saunders and Campbell Stewart for the Shave-For-A-Cure event tonight. The shave will take place at Avantidrome in Cambridge. So far the “Trim For Tokyo” team has raised over $8600, with Regan leading the fundraising at more than three and a half thousand dollars. Regan says his natural-highlighted locks have been growing...

May 27, 2021

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The Dannevirke Chamber of Commerce will hold a Post Budget Q & A session with Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty tomorrow. The event is being held at The Hub in Dannevirke from 11.30 tomorrow morning. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact the Chamber of Commerce by midday today.------Central Hawke’s Bays District Plan will hit a significant milestone this week. Tomorrow a decision on notifying the Proposed District Plan for public submissions will be made by Council. Council chief executive ...

May 26, 2021

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An information session will be held in Dannevirke today for the latest on construction of the new Manawatu – Tararua Highway. Officials from the New Zealand Transport Agency will be on hand to give the community an update on progress on Te Ahu a Turanga. Members of the public will be able to view drone footage, chat to the design and construction team, as well as test-drive the new 11.5km highway with a simulator. The information session is also a chance to talk about training and employment o...

May 25, 2021

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A man reported missing in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday was found safe and well. Police had issued an appeal for sightings of the 37-year  old, with concerns for his wellbeing. He was believed to have been living in a silver 2003 Volkswagen Golf. The man was located around 3pm. ----- More than $8000 was raised for the Breast Cancer Foundation at a fundraising auction at The Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau on Saturday. The hotel was packed for the auction – with many dressing up in pink for ...

May 24, 2021

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Horizons Regional Council will join the Hawke’s Bay Regional and Tararua District Councils’ in establishing Maori constituencies in time for the 2022 local government elections. Horizons Chair Rachel Keedwell acknowledged a petition delivered to Council and says it was an honour to host a large contingency of Māori at Regional House this week. A survey on Maori constituencies saw 1649 responses, with 1,475 supporting the establishment of Māori constituencies, with 152 opposed. Ms Keedwell ...

May 21, 2021

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NZTA will hold information sessions in Tararua to update progress on the Te Ahu A Turanga : Manawatu to Tararua Highway. Today’s session is at the Woodville Sports Stadium from 5 to 7pm, followed by the Dannevirke Sports Centre next Tuesday between 5 and 7pm. NZTA says the sessions are an opportunity to see the latest drone footage of highway construction, and to chat with members of the team. -----The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has voted unanimously to establish Māori constituencies...

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