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Duckhunters shooting on Lake Whatuma are being reminded about the risk of Alligator Weed.

The invasive pest was discovered at the lake several weeks ago.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says a recently completed survey found the main outbreak to be at the north and eastern edges.

A spokesperson says Alligator weed is a severe threat to agriculture and biodiversity, and spreads very easily.

They ask anyone using the lake to take precautions.


Epic Ministries and the Dannevirke Hunt Club had both benefited from the recent 2023 Winter Olympics event.

Held last month, the event raised $52,000.

Two-thirds, or $34,500, has been donated to Epic Ministries, who said it was an “outstanding donation and they were truly thankful”.

The other third - $17,500 – went to the Dannevirke Hunt – who thanked the riders and sponsors for a successful fundraiser.

The Winter Olympics has raised just over $271,000 since it began 14 years ago.


Year 13 students at local secondary schools will be rostered home today as part of the industrial action by the Post Primary Teachers Association.


A cold snap is set to affect Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District today.

After temperatures in the early 20’s this week, day-time highs of 12 degrees and nine degrees are expected for CHB and Dannevirke respectively today.

The Metservice says a southwesterly change will hit the area from late morning, and some showers are expected through the day.

While some heavy showers and strong winds are expected, there are currently no weather watches or warnings in place for local areas.