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Police are investigating an early morning break-in at Big Barrel in Waipukurau.

Police were called around 5.40am yesterday to the store on Ruataniwha Street.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said it appears a single, possibly male, has broken into the building.

He said the cigarette cabinet was targeted.

The offender "didn't get away with a lot", Mr Walker said.

Police are looking at CCTV footage, and Mr Walker asks anyone who may have been in the vicinity at the time, and witnessed something, to contact them.


Central Hawke’s Bay’s historic Wallingford Station has been sold to companies linked to Swedish based Ikea.

The Overseas Investment Office has given approval for Ingka Investments Forests NZ and Ingka Investments Management NZ to buy the 606-hectare station for $9.9 million under the special forestry category.

The applicants plan to establish 416.9ha of rotation forest during the 2024/25 planting seasons, with harvesting after 27 to 30 years.

The Wallingford Homestead, which sits on a separate title, is not part of the sale.


The 2023 Duck Shooting Season opens tomorrow.

In Hawke’s Bay, the season will run for eight weeks, finishing on Sunday July 2nd.

The daily bag limits for paradise shelduck, mallard and grey duck in the region is eight per day.

Senior Constable Andy Walker from CHB Police says Police and Fish & Game rangers will be out over opening weekend, and throughout the season, checking that hunters are following the rules.