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Urban properties in the Tararua District are facing an average rates rise of $574 next year.

The Tararua District Council yesterday adopted its consultation document and supporting information ahead of consulting on its Annual Plan for the 2023/24 year.

The Council is proposing a 13.1% rates rise across the district – with the majority of the increase being attributed to water and wastewater.

Rural properties rates are proposed to increase by $220 per year, and industrial and commercial properties by $829.

The Council is now consulting on the Annual Plan until the 19th of May, and says it is keen to come directly to organisations, committees, clubs, and workplaces throughout the district to answer questions and receive feedback.


Hunters caught hunting illegally can expect to lose their firearms licence.

Local Police are investigating reports of hunters going on to properties without permission.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said there have been cases reported in the Porangahau and Gwavas areas.

He said anyone caught illegally hunting can expect to lose their firearms licence, and it is very unlikely a person would get their licence back.


The Waipawa M & D have cancelled their planned fundraising shows for this weekend.

The (Not So Royal) Variety Show was due to start tonight and run through until Sunday as a fundraiser for the CHB Mayoral Relief Fund.

The M & D said a number of cast and crew have tested positive for COVID-19, meaning the shows will now not go ahead.

A decision on new dates is being worked through.


Nearly all local rugby clubs will play their games in the Hawke’s Bay competition at Central Park tomorrow as part of the Leopard Hotel Country Rugby Day.

The run down of games for tomorrow is :

11.45am – Central Rugby & Sports Wahine vs Hastings Rugby & Sport.

1.15pm – Otane vs Waipawa for the Hunter Shield on Field 1.

1.15pm – Porangahau vs Dannevirke Sports on Field 2.

3pm – Central prems vs Clive

5pm – Central 2nds vs Takapau for the Les Hale Memorial Trophy.

In other rugby, the Aotea Prems will play Pirates in Napier, with the Onga-Tiko Colts playing Hastings Rugby & Sport in Hastings in the semis for the Arthur Brown Cup.

Meanwhile the Dannevirke Colts are in action in the Manawatu Competition this weekend, playing College Old Boys away.