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A new Digital Business Hub in Central Hawke’s Bay will open in late July.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the local community will shortly be able to plug in to a host of new library, educational, community and digital services.

Funding from the Provincial Growth Fund is helping to build the new Hub, which will be located in what is known as the “old Buck’s building” on Bogle Bros Esplanade in Waipukurau.

Works are anticipated to commence early next month, and when operational will deliver a range of programmes and services to bridge the digital divide, and will provide a home for at least five years for the Waipukurau library as well as hosting AA services. 

Councils Group Manager Customer and Community Partnerships Doug Tate says the digital hub will offer access for businesses and self-employed people and the wider community, offering free Wi-Fi, co-working spaces and space to present digital products and services. 


The concertmaster with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will play a concert at Norsewood later this month.

Andrew Beer will be joined by pianist Sarah Watkins, formerly of the NZ Trio, for the concert at the Old Dairy Factory on May 23rd.

Old Dairy Factory owner David Selfe says rarely does the public get to see a world-class classical musician, so close up and personal, as normally he is right next to the conductor in large spaces, like the Auckland Town Hall. 

He says the concert will be sublime for anyone wanting their classical music fix.

Entry cost for the concert will be $25, payable at the door.


There were four burglaries in Central Hawke’s Bay last week.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said in one case one really large window 1.5 x 1.8m window and a smaller bathroom window were taken from a building site in Waipukurau. He said more than likely a ute would have been needed to remove the windows, and it wouldn’t have been a spur-of-the-moment burglary.

In the other cases, alcohol was taken in a burglary from the Paper Mulberry Café at Pukehou and from a home in Settlement Road.

Mr Walker said a large amount of fuel was also taken from a rural property on Hautope Road.

He said farmers need to ensure their fuel tanks, motorbikes and chainsaws are secured as these are easy for burglars to move on.