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The second Shear4U fundraiser held at the weekend has so far raised more than $70,000 for charity – with further donations still coming in.

The 24-hour event was held in Masterton at the weekend, with funds raised going to the Rural Support Trust, Gumboot Friday and Farmstrong.

Organiser Dan Billing said it was another great event, with 6963 sheep shorn over the five stands.

He said people can still donate until the end of the month via the Shear4U Givealittle page or by messaging their Facebook page.

Dan said the event was about more than raising money for charity, also raising awareness of mental health, the shearing and wool industries; and of communities coming together.

Last year’s inaugural Shear4U, which was held near Dannevirke, raised over $100,000.


Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is urging swimmers and dog owners to stay alert for toxic algae in the Tukituki River.

Multiple blooms have been identified near Walker Road in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Regional Council spokesperson Jordan Ellmers says toxic algae poses potential health risks for people and dogs if touched or ingested.

With a spell of long, hot days in the region – Jordan says river levels are dropping, and water is moving slowly, creating the perfect environment for algal growth.

The musty smell emitted by the algae can be appealing dogs, hence the Regional Council’s warning for owners to keep their animals away.

Anyone that gets sick after visiting a riverbed is also advised to seek immediate medical attention.

Signage advising of toxic algae and associated risks has been installed at the Tamumu Bridge entrance while repair work is completed at Walker Road.