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A second division winning Lotto ticket for Saturday nights draw was sold locally.

Eleven lucky players picked up $21,839 from the draw.

One of those tickets was sold at New World Waipukurau.

Anyone who purchased their ticket from the store is advised to write their name on the back of it and get it checked.


A big crowd turned out to the Leopard Hotel sponsored Country Rugby Day at Central Park on Saturday.

Five games were played at the grounds, the Central Women taking on Hastings kicking off the action.

Hastings ran out winners in the game, 62-13.

Waipawa Country United won the game between them and Otane, 15-5, with the Central and Takapau game ending in a 27-all draw.

The CHB Colliers Prems beat Clive 71-5.

In other club rugby games on Saturday, the Aotea Prems went down to Pirates 40-33, with the Onga-Tiko Colts beaten by Hastings Rugby & Sport, 16-6.


Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence has ended its official response to Cyclone Gabrielle.

Civil Defence activated its response on the 10th of February in preparation for Cyclone Gabrielle’s approach.

Group Controller Ian Macdonald said while the National Transition period commenced on 13 March, marking the shift out of the immediate response phase and the transition into recovery, HBCDEM continued a high level of operational response support. 
He said the severity and extent of Cyclone Gabrielle’s impacts on our communities and region were unprecedented, and in turn, the regional emergency response has been the most complex and large-scale ever mounted in Hawke’s Bay.
Macdonald said in the last 10 weeks, over 1000 people worked with Civil Defence staff, with most of them from outside the region.


Michael Hill Jewellers in Hastings was targeted in a brazen daylight smash-and-grab yesterday afternoon. 

The Hawke’s Bay App said police responded to reports of a robbery at a commercial premises on Heretaunga street around 2.15pm.

A Police spokesperson said it appears the offenders were armed, not with firearms, and no one was injured.

A small amount of items were taken from the store.

The vehicle used to flee the scene has been recovered and enquiries are ongoing, the spokesperson told Hawke's Bay App.