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Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has wiped just over $250,000 of charges related to consents for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

Water Holdings Hawke’s Bay, who hold the consents, had accrued nearly $380,000 worth of freshwater science charges from the regional council.

A decision was made to defer payment of the charges in 2022, and at the end of last year, HBRC Chief Executive, Dr Nic Peet, made the decision to forgive just over $255,000 of the group’s debt.

Water Holdings Hawke’s Bay has paid the remaining amount – nearly $128,000.


Former Tararua woman Sacha Bond has been named one the finalists in the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards.

Bond – who has recently broken two World Shearing records – is a finalist in the sportswoman category.

The winners will be announced at a function in Palmerston North next Friday as part of the New Zealand Rural Games weekend.


Te Rangiura o Wairarapa, Te Rerenga Kōtuku, Te Kapa Haka o Kahungunu and Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Ranginui are the four teams that will represent Ngati Kahungunu at Te Matatini 2025 following the regional Kapa Haka competition held in Dannevirke last weekend.

Around 500 kapa haka competitors in 13 teams took to the stage at the Dannevirke A & P Showgrounds, with an estimated crowd of 5000 people watching the performances.

Tamatea – Central Hawkes Bay will host the next regional Kapa Haka Competition in 2026.