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Hawke’s Bay Club Rugby games will all be played tomorrow, Good Friday.

On the Premier Grade, Central Rugby & Sports are playing Taradale at Tareha Reserve.

Aotea will play Havelock North at Rugby Park, Dannevirke at 3pm.

This week sees the first games in the Country Grade for the Arthur Bowman Cup.

Porangahau will play Waipawa Country United at White Domain, with Takapau playing Otane at Takapau.

The games kick-off at 2.45pm

Teams in the newly created U85kg grade also start their season this weekend.

The Leopard Hotel sponsored Central side will play Havelock North away.


Tararua District Council has had $10 million worth of initial emergency works funding approved by Waka Kotahi to help with repairs following Cyclone Gabrielle.

The funding covers the immediate response and continuing works, and the Council says discussions continue with the Agency.

13 roads in the district remain closed, with many others having cautions or restrictions applied.

The Council says initial assessments have been completed, and say the full emergency works programme will be “large and include some very complex sites”.


The inaugural Tararua Excellence in Farming Awards presentation ceremony was held last night.

Guests at the ceremony, which was held at the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka, heard from Rangitkei farmer Andrew Stewart, who talked about the recovery following floods in 2004.

The winners from last night were :

Sally Dryland, who won the Tararua Women in Agriculture Award; Simon Marshall, the Tararua Agricultural Professional of the Year Award; and Allan Benbow, who won the MCI & Associates Tararua Agricultural Industry Champion.


Drivers are being asked to take care on the roads this Easter Weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said officers will be out and about checking speeds, driver fatigue and drink driving.

Last weekend 38 drink drivers were apprehended in the region, something Mr Walker said was disappointing as there is still a belief from some people that they are okay to drive after a couple of drinks.

And those heading into the bush hunting this weekend are also advised that Police will be out and about.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said with access restricted to areas around the ranges due to flood damage, areas that can be accessed will have a lot more people.

He said hunters need to 110% identify their targets.

Mr Walker said Police will be checking cars and checking that firearms are unloaded.