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Recreational fishers are reminded that the daily bag limits for Paua will change from today.

Earlier this year, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, Rachel Brooking, announced that the bag limit for both blackfoot and yellowfoot paua would reduce from 10 to 5 of each species per fisher, per day.

The new limits cover the PAU 2 paua fishery area, which includes Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa.

In making the announcement, the Minister said the new limit is a precautionary measure so that pāua can be enjoyed by future generations.

She said the change has been supported by tangata whenua, recreational fishers, and local communities, who reported localised depletion of pāua, particularly in easily accessible areas.

Cyclones Hale and Gabrielle have also had an impact on local pāua populations in some areas of the East Coast.


Nearly $9000 was raised for the local Cancer Society from the recent Daffodil Rally for Cancer.

The CHB Vintage Car Club took part in the nationwide event on Sunday August 20th, holding their rally at Oruawharo Homestead.

Car enthusiasts displayed vintage, classic, and hot rod cars, and motorbikes, with a number of stallholders on the day.

Club Chairman Gary Weaver said the highlight was the tradie auction, with bids both online and at the event itself.

He said the $8800 raised for the local Cancer Society was probably the best in New Zealand.

Mr Weaver thanked Oruawharo for allowing the Vintage Car Club use of the venue, and everyone that supported the event.


Central Hawke’s Bay will farewell another war veteran today.

Jack McLeary, who saw service in World War 2, passed away last week at the age of 97.

A stalwart of the Waipawa community, Mr McLeary was also a firefighter with the Waipawa Fire Brigade, receiving his 50 years-service medal.

The flag at the Waipawa Fire Station has been at half-mast since he passed away last week.

A celebration and remembrance of Jack’s life will be held at the CHB Municipal Theatre in Waipawa from 11am today.

Mr McLeary’s passing follows that of World War 2 veteran Les Morice, who died last month, six weeks short of his 105th birthday.