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A 12-year old boy has been referred to Police Youth Aid following an incident at a local supermarket last week.

Sergeant Neil Baker said the incident occurred at Countdown Waipukurau where the boy used a lighter to burn a hole in a packet of chocolate.

He said the boy has been spoken to by Police.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has adopted its latest Long Term Plan.

District Councillors met last week to confirm the 10 year Plan, which begins in July this year.

The Council said “harsh realities” have been faced on a path to creating a thriving future.

Council consulted with the community on four key challenges, including plans to repair the District’s wastewater system, paying for growth, funding the replacement of assets and creating a Waste Free CHB.

Mayor Alex Walker said it is a plan that had been coming together for about four years.

She said the plan is going to be hard work – and it’s going to put financial pressure onto not just Council, but ratepayers who are contributing as we roll through the next period of years.

Council will spend $68.5 million to upgrade the District’s Wastewater Treatment Plants and remove discharges from rivers, within the next 15 years.

Debt funding of renewals for the first five years of the LTP have also been confirmed, in order to catch up on essential infrastructure renewal and upgrades.

 Council will push forward with a definitive plan to future proof solid waste services in the District, including the extension of kerbside recycling to rural communities of Otane, Takapau, Tikokino, Ongaonga and the provision of a third recycling bin for Waipawa and Waipukurau.


There will be further disruption for traffic in Waipukurau today as Kiwirail and Fulton Hogan undertake a second day of maintenance and repairs to the railway crossing on State Highway 2, near Mitre 10.

The work will be undertaken between 6am and about 6pm.

A combination of contra flow lanes and Stop/Go will be in place, including the use of traffic lights.

The speed limit will also be reduced to 30km/h.


Weekend Sports Results

Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball : A win for Otane Thirsty Whale over Hastings Girls High Senior 53-47 on Friday night. 

The Central Sports Vet Services team suffered a loss against Huia’s, 47-30.

Rugby : Wins for both the Dannevirke Seniors and Colts in the Manawatu Competition.

The Seniors beat Old Boys Marist 29-3, with the Colts beating Old Boys Marist 12-8.

In the Bush competition, Puketoi held a successful Club Day, despite the playing field becoming a mudslide in the second half. The locals lead 12-nil over Gladstone at halftime, and finished with the win 27-7.

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