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Police and Council Animal Control Officers are working with the owners of two dogs allegedly seen attacking sheep at Takapau.

Sergeant Neil Baker said Police were called to a rural Takapau address at 5.45pm Friday where two dogs had been seen attacking sheep.

He said Police arrived at the address, and due to the injuries sustained from the attack, one sheep was required to be destroyed.

Mr Baker said officers located the two animals and are working with the owners to resolve the matter.


Boil water notices for the Waipawa and Otane townships were both lifted over the weekend.

Residents were required to boil their water since Cyclone Gabrielle struck almost a month ago.

The treatment plant that provides water to both towns flooded during the cyclone, and its backup generator and pumps left metres under water.

More than 1200 man-hours have been spent repairing, cleaning and replacing vital equipment at the Tikokino Road plant to get it back up and running.

Mayor Alex Walker said it had been a hard road with a compromised water supply, as many also faced the mammoth task of cleaning up their businesses, homes and properties.

Waipawa and Otane will remain under Level 3 water restrictions for the time being.


Eskview Young Farmers member Patrick Crawshaw will represent the East Coast at the FMG Young Farmer Grand Final later this year.

The regional final was held in Dannevirke on Saturday, with eight young farmers vying for the regional winner title, and the chance to compete at the grand final in Timaru in July.

It was a close competition – with Crawshaw winning by a quarter of a point over Tikokino Young Farmers member, Mark Wallace.

Jack Scahill from Dannevirke Young Farmers finished third.

Two other competitions were held on Saturday – The FMG Junior Young Farmer and the Agrikids contest.

It was a clean sweep for Napier Boys High in the Junior competition, with Cameron Brans and Quinn Redpath taking out the win, with George Giblin and Baxter Twist second.

Team Agri Tools from Puketapu and Hereworth Schools won the Agrikids.


Thunderstorms are expected for Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District today.

After a fine weekend, Metservice is predicting a period of rain this evening, with the possibility of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Later in the week, forecasters say both Hawke’s Bay and Tararua could be in for strong winds on Thursday.