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Ryan Craw and Grady Collis from Dannevirke’s Pukemiro Station won the Student Shearing Challenge on the opening day of the 2024 Golden Shears in Masterton.

Ryan and Grady were five points ahead of second-place getters, Bugs Butler and Rebecca Dickson from Smedley Station.

Other results from yesterday saw Pongaroa’s Gemma Buick place second in the Novice Wool Handling final, with Gen Wood, also from Pongaroa, fourth.

Ryan Craw, Grady Collis, Rebecca Dickson and Bugs Butler were also in the Novice Shearing final held last night, with the results still to be made available.

The action at the 63rd Golden Shears continues today, with the wool pressing finals, wool handling top 20, and heats in the senior and open shearing sections.

Local Gull and Allied fuel sites were affected by a ‘leap year’ glitch yesterday.

Customers were unable to pay for their fuel at various unmanned stations around the country due to issues with systems not being programmed to deal with the 29th February date.

Allied has fuel stops in Waipukurau, Porangahau, Dannevirke and Pongaroa, with Gull having an unmanned site in Waipukurau.

A fix for the issue was being rolled out yesterday.

Centralines is investigating two power outages in Waipawa yesterday.

Nearly 800 customers were affected by two outages – the first just before 10am, lasting about an hour.

A further unplanned outage was reported at 12.45pm, lasting just over two hours.

A Centralines spokesperson said last night that the company was still investigating the root cause of the issue, and there was no reason to believe there will be further outages.

Local residents will get the chance to cheer on and support 215 scooter riders as they make their way from Napier to Wellington tomorrow raising money for Mental Health.

A record number of 50cc scooter riders will take part in the event, which began three years ago with 55 riders.

The ‘Jolly Good Chaps Napier to Wellington 50cc Scooter Challenge’ will pass through Waipawa and Waipukurau between 8am and 9.15am.

People can support the cause by heading to Givealittle or checking the Napier Scooter Challenge page on Facebook.

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected for local areas in the coming days.

Metservice says there is a moderate confidence of warning amounts of rain for Tararua District on Sunday, and there is a low confidence of severe northwest gales.

Gale force northwest winds are also expected for CHB and Tararua District on Monday, with heavy rain for Tararua District on Tuesday.