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Thousands of people turned out for events to commemorate the first anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle yesterday.

Events were held from Wairoa to Central Hawke’s Bay.

In CHB, events were held at the Pōrangahau Memorial Hall and at Waipawa Primary School, with speeches, waiata, and reflections and thank yous to those involved in the response.

Speaking at the Porangahau event, Mayor Alex Walker said our response had to be, and was, by local, for local.

She thanked the many people who helped evacuate the Porangahau village and marae, and thanked farmers who helped open roads and clear tress despite extreme damage to their own farms.

Ms Walker said we have got to where we are in 12 months from incredible community spirit.

A weekly workshop to support on-the-job learners and apprentices has resumed in CHB.

Held at Te Huinga Wai – The Knowledge and Learning Hub in Waipukurau every Wednesday night, the workshop is a place for those undertaking apprenticeships to complete the theory component of their training.

Local employer, and General Manager of Stevenson & Taylor, Robby Smith says the workshop is valuable.

VOX The Workshop is every Wednesday from 4 – 7pm. Those wanting further details can check the Jobs in CHB Facebook page or contact the CHB District Council.

The Tararua District Councils’ first public feedback session on its draft Urban Growth Strategy is being held this evening.

The venue is the Dannevirke Library from 5pm to 7pm. The Strategy looks at projected residential, commercial, and industrial growth within the district over the next 30 years.

Three further feedback session are being held in Eketahuna, Pahiatua and Woodville next week.