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Central Hawke’s Bays Mayor says the way the district is responding to last weekend’s devastating fire which destroyed Waipawa’s Four Square speaks to the strength of our community and our spirit of service.

Shortly after the blaze broke out, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council had staff on site to provide support.

In the days following, a number of businesses in Waipawa have increased stock lines, a temporary pedestrian crossing has been created along the towns main street, and free shuttle services have been setup for those in Waipawa who need to get to Waipukurau to do grocery shopping.

Mayor Alex Walker says the Ministry of Social Development are also now providing assistance to staff affected, and the wider community.

She says a collaborative approach and co-ordinated effort across agencies, has shown the strength of Central Hawke’s Bay and its ability to thrive in the face of adversity.

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Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency is predicting mainly regular vehicle flows on State Highway 2 between Hastings and Woodville over the Queens Birthday weekend.

The agency says based on previous years travel patterns, regular traffic flows are expected for northbound travellers today, tomorrow and Sunday. 

Monday between 11.15am to 4.15pm are expected to be when the northbound traffic will be at its busiest.

For those heading south, busy traffic is expected between 3 and 5.30pm today, and for an hour from 10.30 tomorrow morning.

Other days and times will see regular traffic flows.

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The Otane Arts & Crafts Corner will begin its annual Queen’s Birthday Exhibition and Sale today. 

Running over the next three days between 10am and 4pm daily, the exhibition will once again see Arts and Crafts members showcase and sell a wide variety of their work, along with some home baking.

The Otane Arts & Crafts Corner is on the corner of White Road and Higginson Street Otane

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Weekend Sports

Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball : No games this week due to the long weekend.

Hawke’s Bay Rugby : No games this weekend.

Manawatu Rugby :  The Dannevirke Colts have a bye this weekend, with the Dannevirke Senior team playing at home against Kia Toa.  That game kicks off at 12.45pm tomorrow at Rugby Park.

Bush Rugby : Puketoi has a reserves game against Marist at Puketoi at 2.30pm tomorrow.