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A Government inquiry into Civil Defence’s response to major weather events, including Cyclone Gabrielle, has been welcomed by the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

The inquiry was announced yesterday by Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty, and will be led by former Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Hinewai Ormsby, chair of the Hawke’s Bay Group, said the announcement is a significant step in ensuring the emergency management system continues to learn, improve, and provide the best possible outcomes for communities.

Earlier this week the terms of reference for a local independent review were approved.

Ms Ormsby said they look forward to both reviews providing insights into what happened and how it was handled.


The second school term ends today.

Schools will return for the new term on Monday July 17.


Telecommunications company Spark is apologising for more disruption to local mobile coverage.

Spark spokesperson Samantha Smith said they are aware of some mobile connectivity issues in Waipawa beyond the maintenance that took pace the week before last.

She said Spark sincerely apologises for the disruption, and assured customers the company is doing everything it can to return services to previous levels.

Ms Smith said 3G services have been restored to normal levels, but a crane is required to continue testing 4G services.

She said rain has made the track to the site too slippery to get the crane up there safely, and Spark will be working fast to resolve any issues once the track has dried up.

Spark has credited impacted wireless broadband and wireless landline customers, and Ms Smith encourages mobile customers to contact the company directly to discuss options.


Police are investigating a burglary at an address in Waipukurau last Sunday night after the offender broke into a garage through a perspex skylight on the roof.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the incident occurred just on dark when the occupant of the property on Viax Lane heard a noise in the garage.

The owner went to investigate, and disturbed the offender, who escaped by going back through the skylight and running off through neighbouring paddocks.

Mr Walker said the offender was unable to be located, and that nothing was taken.


Weekend Rugby :

Manawatu Competition :

Dannevirke Colts vs Te Kawau at Rugby Park from 12.45pm.

Hawke’s Bay Competition :

Premier Grade : CHB vs Taradale at Central Park from 3pm

Division 1 : Aotea vs Tamatea at Rugby Park from 3pm

Division 2 : Otane vs Bridge Pa at Otane Domain at 2.45pm

WCUMR vs HRS at Elwood Park at 2.45pm

Porangahau vs Napier Tech at Whitmore Park at 2.45pm

Colts : Onga-Tiko vs Clive at Farndon Park at 1.15pm

Division 2A (Finals) : CHB vs Taradale at Tareha Reserve.

This game is scheduled to kick-off at 1.15pm, however the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union advise to check their App as the game may be moved to 3pm.