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The Tararua District Council has begun its series of public consultation meetings on its Draft Annual Plan.

The Council is proposing an average rates rise next year of just over 13%, and is currently taking feedback and submissions.

The meetings began yesterday in Pongaroa, and will be followed by Pahiatua tomorrow, and Dannevirke next Monday.

The Council is also keen to hear from organisations and businesses who would like representatives to come to them.

Full details of the Draft Annual Plan, and how to make submissions, is available on the Councils website.


Local trampolinist Lachie Kirk has been named in the New Zealand team to compete at the Trampoline World Cup 2023 in the United States later this year.

The World Cup is being held in Palm Beach, Florida, in early August, with Lachie competing in the senior men’s Double Mini Trampoline.

Lachie is busy training and fundraising for a competition in the Gold Coast next month.

He is part of the New Zealand team competing at the Australian Trampoline Nationals.


Hawke’s Bay Police have put out an appeal for information on a brazen daylight burglary at Michael Hill Jewellers in Hastings on Sunday.

Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard said at 2.15pm on Sunday, a stolen grey Nissan Tiida drove up onto the footpath and parked outside the jewellers on Heretaunga Street West.

Three people exited the vehicle and forced entry to the store, while one person remained in the vehicle.

Mr Pritchard said two staff members were working at the time who locked themselves in the back room of the shop.

He said the offenders have spent less than a minute in the store, using a hammer to smash glass cabinets and take several items, before getting back into the vehicle and leaving.

The vehicle was located abandoned shortly after.

Anyone with information or footage is asked to contact Police.


New dates have been announced for Waipawa M & D’s “The (Not So Royal) Variety Show”.

Due to be staged last weekend, the show was put off due to a number of cast and crew members coming down with COVID-19.

The show, which is a fundraiser for the CHB Mayoral Relief Fund, will now go ahead on the 20th and 21st of May.

Anyone who had purchased tickets for the Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows will have their tickets transferred to the new dates.

Those who had tickets to the Friday night show last week will receive a refund.