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The Pōrangahau Catchment Group has appointed a Rural Recovery Co-ordinator in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle.

Lou Bird will assist landcarers in the Pōrangahau catchment to get back up and running following last months cyclone.

Her role will include creating and developing an action plan following on-farm needs assessments, and to support farmers to access relevant support information, funding, and networks to aid in their recovery.


The Akitio community remains on a precautionary Boil Water Notice.

The Tararua District Council implemented the notice earlier this week, advising those connected to the Akitio supply to boil water before drinking, making ice, preparing infant & toddler formula, and brushing teeth.

Three clear days of tests will be needed before the notice can be lifted.


The East Coast Regional Final for the FMG Young Farmer competition is being held in Dannevirke this weekend.

Practical events are being held at the A & P Showgrounds during the day tomorrow, followed by the Evening Show at the Dannevirke Sports Club.

Bex Perry, Jack Scahill, Kit Holmes, Josh Wilkinson and Samantha Thomson will represent Dannevirke Young Farmers; Patrick Crawshaw will represent Eskview Young Farmers; Mark Wallace Tikokino Young Farmers, and Jeffrey Saywell South Wairarapa Young Farmers.

Tomorrow’s winner will join other regional finalists at the FMG Young Farmer Grand Final being held in Timaru in early July.


The Hawke’s Bay Golf Association has had to make enforced changes to its program for the new season due to the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle.

The entire Pennants competition, which was scheduled to start this weekend, has been cancelled for the year, while a decision on this years Coronation Cup is still to be made.

There are still a number of golf courses throughout the region that have been affected by the cyclone, with the worst of those being the Napier Golf Club, which may be out of action for three to four months.