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For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek is back in full swing from today.

Some 130,000 people are expected to attend the 55th Fieldays, which run until Saturday.

CEO Peter Nation said the event will be a vibrant hub of activity, drawing farmers, industry professionals, advocates, and families from far and wide.

A new Sustainability Hub will be one of the highlights this year for attendees.

A number of local companies will also have a presence at Fieldays including Stevenson & Taylor, Metalform, and New Zealand Natural Clothing.


The Tararua District Council has rescheduled a public information meeting on the Dannevirke Impounded Water Supply.

Due to be held tomorrow night, the meeting will now be held on Tuesday June 27.

The Council said the preparations for dive teams to progress with the temporary repairs to the supply have taken a little longer than had been anticipated, due to the complexity of the dive and the unique conditions the dive teams are working in.

Dive teams will commence repairs tomorrow and Friday, and the Council said they had chosen to defer the meeting until after the repairs had been completed.


The first games in the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball Championship Round are being played tonight.

Otane Thirsty Whale, who finished top of the non-championship round, will play All In : Mavericks tonight, while Central Sports Vet Services will play Napier Girls High School.

Both games start at 7.45pm at Pettigrew Green Arena.


Local Police are investigating the theft of scaffolding from the Waipawa rail bridge.

Kiwirail are working to repair the bridge, which received extensive damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in February.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said smaller thefts of equipment hadn’t previously been reported, however larger items were taken over Kings Birthday Weekend, including half a dozen 6-metre lengths, and several of the 5-metre lengths.

Brackets and hangars were also taken.

Mr Walker said the thefts add up to several thousand dollars worth, and Police are unsure whether it is being stolen for scrap or to be used elsewhere.

He said workers are expected to be at the site for some time yet, and said anyone who sees anything suspicious should take down any details they can, and call Police.


Years 11 & 12 at local secondary schools are rostered home today with the ongoing industrial action by members of the PPTA.