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Dannevirke woman Adele Small has been officially welcomed as the new Chief Executive for the Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust.

Adele, who had been the Group Manager Strategy and Wellbeing for Tararua District Council, was welcomed into her new role at Pukemokimoki Marae this week.

She was supported by Kahungunu whanau at her welcoming, with Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Chair Chrissie Hape saying Adele was instrumental in supporting whanau during the Covid lockdown.

Ms Hape congratulated the Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust for securing such an accomplished wahine toa as their Chief Executive.

The Trust covers the northern Hawke’s Bay area.

 The regions leaders are calling for more government funding to rebuild the region’s extensively damaged roads and bridges from last year’s Cyclone Gabrielle.

With an estimated $1.1 billion in damage to roads in Central Hawke’s Bay, Hastings, and Wairoa, about $700 million is still unfunded.

Leaders held a meeting with Prime Minister Chris Luxon in Wellington yesterday.

In a statement released after the meeting, CHB Mayor Alex Walker said our district alone is staring down the barrel of decades worth of work at the current government funding rate or, alternatively, rate rises that would cripple the community for years to come.

She said the work can be completed in five to six years if we can get the funding assistance needed.

Ms Walker said this would get our primary sector and overall economy back on its feet sooner and position Hawke’s Bay as key a player in helping this government with its goal of doubling the value of exports in the next ten years.

New Zealand made it two from two in the shearing test against Wales at the Hawke’s Bay Autumn Shears held in Waipukurau yesterday.

The New Zealand team of Paerata Abraham and David Gordon won by just 1.9 points in yesterday's test to give them a 2-nil lead in the Wools of New Zealand International Shearing Series which ends with the third test at the New Zealand Shears in Te Kuiti on Friday night.

The test was a last-minute addition to yesterday's programme after rain washed out the Waitomo Shears in the King Country last week.

Police are investigating the theft of an honesty box from outside a local church last week.

On Wednesday the box was taken from outside St Mary’s Church in Waipukurau.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said someone helped themselves to the box and all of the cash inside it some time that afternoon.

Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious in the area, is asked to contact Police.