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Three shearers smashed the three-stand, eight-hour world shearing record last week.

Hemi Braddick, Flynn Harvey, and Ray Kinsman began their attempt at Pohuetai Station near Dannevirke at 7am Friday. They surpassed the 1610 tally that was set back in 2017 with 35- minutes to go, finishing with 1745 just after 5pm.

Braddick, who is from Eketahuna, had a personal tally of 599, with Harvey 581, and Kinsman shearing 565.

Locals wanting to have their say on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Councils’ current consultation document have until the end of this week to do so.

The biggest, and most contentious, issue is to move from land to capital values when setting rates.

Residential properties in CHB are set to go up by around 25% if the changes go ahead. Similar properties in parts of Napier and Havelock North could rise by around 40%.

On the flip side, rural properties in CHB could see their regional rates decrease by up to more than 40%. Central Hawke’s Bay representative, and Deputy Chair of the Regional Council, Will Foley, told Central FM last week that the rating change was signalled 18 months to two years ago.

There are other changes being proposed by the Regional Council which could affect local ratepayers, including the Upper Tukituki Flood Control Scheme, and possum control.

Will Foley is encouraging people to have their say, with consultation closing on the 28th of January.

Two Lotto players from Hawke’s Bay won a share of second division on Saturday night. The tickets, worth nearly twelve and a half thousand dollars, were sold at Hastings City New World and to a MyLotto player.