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NZTA will hold information sessions in Tararua to update progress on the Te Ahu A Turanga : Manawatu to Tararua Highway.

Today’s session is at the Woodville Sports Stadium from 5 to 7pm, followed by the Dannevirke Sports Centre next Tuesday between 5 and 7pm.

NZTA says the sessions are an opportunity to see the latest drone footage of highway construction, and to chat with members of the team. 

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The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has voted unanimously to establish Māori constituencies for the 2022 and 2025 local elections.

Council Chair Rex Graham said it has taken a while, but Council have now got this important decision over the line.

Co-chair of the Council’s Māori Committee, Michelle McIlroy, says she is extremely proud of the community and their demonstration of unity resulting in an 89% result of overall submissions in favour. 

The next step for the Regional Council will be a representation review to determine the total number of councillors, as well as Māori and General constituency boundaries and their names.

Meanwhile the Tararua District Council has also decided on a Maori Ward for the 2022 election.

Councillors met earlier this week to discuss the issue.

Council will also hold a representation review following the decision.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating after industrial batteries were taken from roadworks at Pukehou.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the theft happened on Sunday night, with four batteries worth $455 each taken from the lights that indicate there is roadworks.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CHB Police.