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Waipawa Four Square owner Rachel Williams says the “incredible support” her and husband Graeme are receiving following Sunday’s devastating fire at the store is making “coping so much easier”.

She says parent company Foodstuffs have been supportive, and she thanked them, their insurance brokers and everyone for their well wishes since the fire.

The cause of the fire remains unknown but is not being treated as suspicious.

Hawke’s Bay Assistant Area Fire Commander Glen Vercoe said a specialist investigator will write a report to determine the cause of the fire in due course.

Meanwhile the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says from tomorrow a free shuttle service will be available for Waipawa residents who require transport to Waipukurau for grocery shopping.

Lions, Rotary and Mr Apple are providing a vehicle, and Stephenson’s Transport will supply fuel.

Bookings for the shuttle can be made at the Waipawa Library.

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A failed pump saw the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council ask all Porangahau residents to restrict non-essential use of water yesterday.

The Council made the announcement just after 8am after a critical issue was discovered.

A pump was extracted from the ground and found to be faulty, with Council contractors replacing the pump and having it operational by 4.30 yesterday afternoon.

During the day, Council said it was confident that reservoirs could maintain supply. 

The Council said there were no water quality issues yesterday.

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Waipukurau’s Leopard Hotel has announced a final figure for its recent fundraising auction for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

The event raised $8630.

Meanwhile the Porangahau branch of the Maori Women’s Welfare League also held a Pink Ribbon Day fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Foundation recently, raising $1242.