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Dannevirke High School have won the B Grade section of the Lower North Island Secondary School Netball Tournament.

The tournament was held at the Akau Tangi Sports Centre in Wellington.

Dannevirke High played St Matthews Collegiate from Masterton in the final, winning 36-26.


The Central Hawke’s Bay Spring Fling gets underway this weekend.

The annual festival has grown significantly this year and includes 20 events over the months of September and October.

The Spring Market kicks things off tomorrow at Russell Park in Waipukurau.

65 stallholders will setup at the market and include local produce sellers, live music, buskers, and food trucks.

Organiser, Matt Sissons said in previous years the Spring Farmers Market has been held in the main street of Waipukurau, however as the event’s popularity continues to soar, the move to Russell Park offers a wonderful outdoor space, perfectly suited to host stallholders and families alike.

The market will run from 10am to 2pm tomorrow.

The other event in the Spring Fling opening weekend is Austen Found : The Undiscovered Musicals of Jane Austen at the CHB Municipal Theatre tomorrow night.

Full details of the Spring Fling are available at


An important route in Tararua District was reopened yesterday after being closed since February.

A 300m section of the Marainanga Gorge Road washed away completely during Cyclone Gabrielle.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis, Councillors, community members, Iwi, staff from Tararua Alliance and the Tararua Cyclone Recovery programme were onsite to mark the opening.

Tracey Collis said yesterday was a significant milestone in the Cyclone recovery, and said she was grateful for the patience of the local community and the hard work of the roading crews and local contractors in working to get the road rebuilt and open again.

While the road has reopened, some work is still to be done, with a 30km/hr speed restriction remaining in place, with a section still down to one lane.

The Tararua District Council says the road is not suitable for campervans or large buses, with loaded vehicles encouraged to use River Road to avoid further degradation.


A motorcyclist has died following an accident on the Waimarama Road yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the crash just before 2pm, with Police confirming the rider had died last night.

The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating.


After a spell of nice fine days, the weather is set to take a turn.

Rain will develop for Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District on Sunday, with Metservice forecasters saying they have low confidence of warning amounts of rain for Hawke’s Bay on Monday and Tuesday.


The Magpies are on the road again this week in the Bunnings Warehouse NPC.

Their Round 5 opponents are Northland tonight, with the game being played at the Northland Events Centre, with kick-off at 7.05pm.