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An event which has so far raised tens of thousands of dollars to teach young children in CHB valuable swimming skills will be held again tonight.

The CHB Swim-4-Lives Swimathon, which has raised more than $65,000 in the past seven years, will get underway from 5.30 this evening at the Centralines Sports Complex.

The money raised supports all Central Hawke’s Bay Schools to access deep water safety training, as well as providing further support for individual children with funded learn to swim lessons.

For those wanting to take part, but have not yet signed up, they can do so at the Centralines Sports Complex today.


One person was seriously injured following a single-vehicle crash near Dannevirke yesterday.

Police, fire and St John Ambulance were all called to Top Grass Road at about 2pm.

A rescue helicopter was also sent to the scene, with one person flown to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition.


Insurance claims in Hawke’s Bay arising from Cyclone Gabrielle have so far reached nearly half-a-billion dollars.

The Insurance Council of NZ released provisional general insurance claims data for the cyclone yesterday.

The data showed over 40,000 claims have been recorded to date worth around $890 million, of which around $70 million has been paid out.

Insurance Council Chief Executive Tim Grafton said on a regional basis for Cyclone Gabrielle most claims, over 13,000, have bene recorded in Hawke’s Bay.

He said while this is around a third of all claims, such is the extent of damage, the region accounts for more than half of the total value of claims to date at over $481 million.

Grafton said insurers are doing all they can to get assessments completed and to agree next steps with customers.


After cancelling a concert in Australia at the last minute last week, Sir Rod Stewart has confirmed his April 8th concert at Mission Estate Winery in Napier next month will go ahead.

Sir Rod said yesterday he is aware of the horrific nightmare the region has gone through with Cyclone Gabrielle, and confirmed he was coming to New Zealand for his three scheduled concerts.

Final tickets for the concert are now on sale.