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This years CHB Swim 4 Lives Swim-a-thon raised close to $5000.

Held last month, the amount raised this year has seen the CHB Swim-4-Lives group able to provide $34,000 worth of support to help all local primary school children learn to swim.

The money has paid for 43 round bus trips enabling 1599 rural school children to participate in Deep Water Safety Sessions, and has subsidised 945 urban children to access instructors support and deep water sessions.

Nearly 230 children have received further lessons. The first Swim-a-thon was held in 2016.

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There are more day time closures of the Saddle Road for the next two weeks

NZTA says the road will be closed between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday this week, and the same days and times next week.

The Agency says the Pahiatua Track detour route is also undergoing resurfacing work on State Highway 2 Mangatainoka and Pahiatua, and are asking drivers to allow an extra 30 minutes for their journey.

NZTA says the closures are weather dependent.

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Two motorbikes were clocked at speeds well above the speed limit yesterday.

At 12.30pm a Police patrol clocked a motorcycle doing 220km/hr on Middle Road and a short time later another motorcycle was clocked doing 170km/hr at the junction of Middle Road and Mutiny Road.

The officer was unable to stop the riders due to the remoteness of the area.

Police are asking anyone who saw the speeding motorcycles and could describe the riders to contact them on 105.

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Today marks the start of the new school term.

Term Two will run until Friday the 9th of July.

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Results from the Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu rugby competition at the weekend :

Otane Thirsty Whale had a 66-23 win over Hasting’s High School Old Girls in round 2 of the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 competition on Friday night.