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The invasive pest, Alligator weed, has been identified at Lake Whatuma.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council announced the discovery last week.

Alligator weed is listed as an Exclusion Pest under the Regional Pest Management Plan and is already a major problem in Waikato and Manawatu areas.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council spokesperson Iain Maxwell said they are currently working with landowners in the area….VOX

Alligator weed can establish itself in pastures and potentially poison stock.

A survey is underway to see how widespread the problem is.


Central Hawke’s Bay Police located an elderly Takapau man who went missing on Friday.

Police had asked for sightings of 78-year-old Michael, reported missing from his home in Charles Street.

Residents were asked to check their properties.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the man was found lying on a roadside on Charlotte Street after falling.

He was left in the care of his family, and an ambulance was also called.

Mr Walker thanked locals for their assistance in helping look for him.


Dawn Parades will be held in Waipukurau, Otane, Dannevirke, Pahiatua and Woodville tomorrow for ANZAC Day.

A number of other services will also be held around Tararua District and Central Hawke’s Bay tomorrow for those wanting to commemorate ANZAC Day, which was first held in 1916.

Menawhile the RSA’s annual Poppy Day was held last Friday, which Waipukurau & Districts RSA President, retired Lt Col Janet Castell said was once again very well supported….VOX

A full list of ANZAC services is on the Central FM website.


$5240 was raised from the recent Central Hawke’s Bay Motorfest.

Hundreds of classic and vintage cars, hot-rods, and various other vehicles were on display at the event over Easter Weekend.

Organiser Brett Forlong, who also organises the successful Rebel Round Up events, said money would go to the Civil Contractors Hawke’s Bay branch to help contractors who have helped out since Cyclone Gabrielle.

Forlong hopes to make the Motorfest a regular event.


A Supermarine Spitfire and three modern Beechcraft Texan T-6C planes will be visible in the skies over Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua tomorrow.

The Air Force Heritage Flight of New Zealand have organised a special flypast for ANZAC Day.

The planes will leave Ohakea shortly after 9.30 tomorrow morning and will be visible in local skies from just after 10am at Woodville before flying to north over CHB and then back down through the Tararua District.

Organisers say the flypast is weather dependent.