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Members of the Public Service Association that work for the Tararua District Council have given notice of strike action next week.

Members will stop work from 1pm to 5pm next Monday and for a full day on Tuesday 1 August.

PSA Organiser Dolly Larkins said members would also take their breaks at the same time and not work extra hours or overtime beginning yesterday through until the 13th of October.

The PSA represents workers from Dannevirke, Eketahuna, Pahiatua and Woodville.

Dolly Larkins says they’ve been bargaining since November last year, working to achieve an acceptable deal.

She says high staff turnover has left members struggling to cover the work of vacant jobs, and pay, especially for long-term staff, has lagged behind the rising cost of living.

During next week’s strike action, PSA members are encouraged to volunteer in community services.


Emergency services were called to a single vehicle crash near Omakere yesterday.

The accident happened on Pourerere Road just before 2pm after a ute hit a tree.

It is understood there was only one person in the vehicle.


Hawke’s Bay Police are appealing for sightings of a man who was found deceased at Whirinaki Beach at the weekend.

Detective Inspector Martin James said the body of 32-year-old Napier man Rowen Aupouri was found by a member of the public around 8.30 Sunday morning.

Mr James said as part of Police enquiries, they would like to hear from anyone travelling along SH2 near the Tangoio Stream bridge around 6.30 last Friday night and saw anyone with or near a Mazda station wagon.

He said Police would also like to hear from anyone that a person walking along SH2 on the Whirinaki straight around the same time.

The death is being treated as unexplained.