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Rural landowners can now legally burn waste left over from Cyclone Gabrielle.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received an Order in Council under the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation for the Burning of Cyclone and Flood Waste.

The order came into effect yesterday (5th July), and property owners have until November 1st to complete burns.

The Regional Council is working with Fire & Emergency NZ, and landowners are urged to complete a fire management plan for their burn-offs and follow the advice of FENZ.


Six members of the Central Rugby Club were named in the Magpies squad announced this week.

Frank Lochore, Tom Parsons, Joel Hintz, Brodie Retallick, Josh Kaifa and Nick Grigg were named in the 36-strong squad for the Bunnings Warehouse NPC.

Magpies Head Coach Brock James said the team features a great mix of experience and fresh faces who will add to the team and have bright futures ahead of them.

The Magpies first NPC game is on August 5th at McLean Park against North Harbour.


After a rest day yesterday, the Vantage National U18 Hockey Tournament resumes for the Hawke’s Bay women’s team.

Hawke’s Bay finished top of their pool, and are ranked second for team goals across the competition, and will face Wairarapa in their quarter final game today.

The two local players in the team – Emma Johnson and Emily Brun – have both had a strong tournament to date.


Another local Lotto player has picked up a share of Lotto’s Second Division in last nights draw.

A ticket purchased from Dannevirke New World was one of ten to win Division Two and is worth $20,980.


Millions of dollars worth of damage to has been reported by farmers, growers, and lifestyle block owners from Cyclone Gabrielle in Tararua District.

The Tararua District Council ran a survey on the impact of the cyclone, with 66 farmers, growers, and lifestyle owners reporting $7.8 million worth of damage.

Six farms estimated more than a quarter of a million dollars in damage, with another 24 reporting damage between $50,000 and $250,000.

Other figures from the survey showed nearly $80,000 worth of track damage across 54 farms, 257 culverts or bridges needed replacing on 53 properties, and about 126 hectares of cropping was lost across 10 farms.