There will be no whitebait season in Hawke’s Bay this year.
A rāhui put in place by Mana Ahuriri following Cyclone Gabrielle is to remain for the 2023 season, which was due to start on September 1st.
The Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust has also placed a rāhui from Napier to southern Hawke’s Bay.
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, the Department of Conservation and the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council have all supported the move.
The Regional Council said in an online notice that it would not be issuing consents for stands for the 2023 season.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will begin another round of Community Conversations on the recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle today.
The meetings will hear about the progress being made on the recovery, and details on priority areas.
The first Community Conversation is at the CHB Municipal Theatre in Waipawa from 5.30 this evening.
A further seven meetings are planned around the district over the coming weeks.
Police are urging motorists to pay attention around train tracks and level crossings following a collision between a freight train and ute near Dannevirke last week.
Police say while enquiries into the circumstances of the collision are still underway, initial indications are that the driver of the ute failed to give way to the approaching train.
This week is Rail Safety Week, and Sergeant Gary McKernon from Dannevirke Police said it is absolutely vital that motorists pay attention around train tracks.
He said the people in last weeks incident were very fortunate not to suffer serious injuries or lose their lives.
Mr McKernon said there is no room for complacency, and people should be checking for trains when they cross railway tracks, the same way they check for cars when they cross a road.