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Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker is happy that Kainga Ora, or Housing NZ, is set to deliver much need properties for families that need them in the district.

She says a large number of families are not living in ideal situations – living either in emergency housing, or bunking in with other people.

Ms Walker says originally Kainga Ora had told her they had no intention of expanding in CHB, but have now acknowledged that they do need to play a strong part.

She says it now looks like Kainga Ora are going to deliver some properties, and while it won’t make a change the story for all of the 60-plus families that are on the emergency housing waiting list, it is going to make a difference.

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A number of Year 6 and 7 students in CHB recently took part in a workshop to help with their transition to secondary school.

Run by Resource Teachers Maori, 22 students spent the day at Central Hawke’s Bay College.

College Principal Lance Christiansen said the programme was run in 2020 for Year 8's, and this is continuing.

He said the involvement of younger students Year 6 and 7 is designed to build their confidence, develop relationships and support structures on their educational pathways, and be more familiar with the College and each other before they begin their secondary years. 

He said the support will continue once they begin attending the College, with regular meetings to assist and support them.

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A part of State Highway 50 at Tikokino was closed yesterday due to fallen trees near Makaroro Rd.

The road was closed just after 7am and was re-opened just after 12.30pm once contractors had cleared the trees.

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As the polar blast moves over the North Island we have weather warnings in place.

Strong Wind Watch
AREA: Coastal parts of Hawke's Bay South of Napier and Wairarapa including the Tararua Road Starts: 9:00am Tue 29 Jun
Ends: 9:00pm Tue 29 Jun

Southwest gales may become severe in exposed places.
Issued at: 9:07am Tue 29 Jun www.metservice.co.nz

Snow Watch:
AREA: The Tararua Range, the eastern hills of Wellington about the Remutaka and Orongorongo ranges, and the southeastern hills of Wairarapa
Valid: 11 hours from 9:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday
Forecast: Snow to 300 metres, possibly heavy at times. Snow accumulations may approach warning criteria above 600 metres. www.metsevice.co.nz