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The final Surfing for Farmers for the season is being held today.

Fine weather is forecast for this afternoon with Porangahau Beach the venue at 4pm.

Organiser Andy Lee says this season has been better than last year – with no cancellations.

He says they’ve had consistent numbers to this season’s events, and it’s been good to see some new faces.

As Surfing for Farmers is run solely by sponsorship, Andy says support from local businesses and organisations once again has helped with purchasing wetsuits, and surfboards, with a surf float purchased this year to take to each event.

He also says the support of the committee who help run the events is a real group effort. Event details : 4pm, Porangahau Beach, free for those over 18 to attend.

$14 million from the Cyclone Gabrielle Appeal Trust Fund is now available to be distributed to local groups and organisations.

The Appeal was launched following last years cyclone for hapu, iwi, marae, and communities in the likes of Hawke’s Bay, Tairawhiti, and Tararua District to rebuild.

Funds from a special Lotto draw held last year form part of the fund, which saw applications open yesterday.

The Trust says funding is available for small scale projects that can be completed quickly. Money cannot go to individuals or businesses and cannot be used for infrastructure work.

Applications will close on the 29th of May, with details available on the website

Local Police are encouraging the use of Bluetooth or wi-fi tracking devices to help with locating stolen property.

Senior Sergeant Carey Williamson says high value, easy to shift commodities are being targeted by offenders.

He says this includes things like chainsaws, motorcycles, and golfclubs.

Mr Williamson says Bluetooth or wi-fi tracking devices are becoming increasingly affordable and an extremely reliable way of locating stolen property.