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Local cyclist Regan Gough will have his hair shaved for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

The Tokyo Olympics bound Gough will join fellow New Zealand team members Callum Saunders and Campbell Stewart for the Shave-For-A-Cure event tonight.

The shave will take place at Avantidrome in Cambridge.

So far the “Trim For Tokyo” team has raised over $8600, with Regan leading the fundraising at more than three and a half thousand dollars.

Regan says his natural-highlighted locks have been growing for five years and believes it’s time to do something cause-worthy with them.


Meanwhile local firefighters raised $16,479 for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand from last weekends Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge.

Members of the Otane, Waipawa, Tamatea Rural, Waipukurau and Dannevirke brigades all donned full firefighting kit to take on the 51 flights of stairs up Auckland’s Sky Tower.

The Waipukurau Brigade lead the local fundraising with over $8,800, followed by Otane with nearly $4,200.

Overall, the 2021 event raised nearly $1.4 million.


Hawke’s Bay Police are appealing for the public’s help following reports of traffic offending on State Highway 2 on Tuesday.

Inspector Lincoln Sycamore said a large gang tangi caused significant congestion in the area south of Pakipaki.

He said Police monitored the situation closely and have a team dedicated to following up reports of various traffic offences, including dangerous driving and sustained loss of traction, or burnouts.

Mr Sycamore said initial enquiries suggest some motorists engaged in dangerous behaviour that put themselves and others at risk.

He said Police have a significant amount of video footage however would still like to hear from anyone who may have recorded anything of note.

Several of those involved in the procession have been arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions following the event.

Anyone who may have witnessed concerning behaviour on SH2 Tuesday afternoon is urged to contact Police in person, online or by calling 105 and referencing Operation Stone.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


There has been a spate of small earthquakes near Porangahau.

The first, measuring 3.1, was felt at 12.14pm yesterday.

This was followed by a magnitude 2.2 just before 1pm, then a 2.4 quake just after nine last night.

The latest was a 2.7 quake at 3.30 this morning.

All were located within 5 or 10km east of Porangahau.  All had light or weak shaking, according to Geonet.