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Further arrests have been made following an altercation between a group of people on a residential street in Waipukurau last week.

Police were called to Mitchell Street following a number of calls from the public just before 9pm last Thursday.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said there were about eight people involved.

A 19 year old male was arrested on the night, with two more after the event – a 20 year old male, who is charged with fighting, and a 20 year old female, who is charged with assault with a weapon.

Mr Walker said she will appear in Court in Hastings tomorrow on what is a fairly serious offence, after allegedly hitting another person on the head with an iron bar.

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Rick Barker has been elected chair of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

An election for the position was held yesterday following the resignation of Rex Graham last month.

Mr Barker said he came to the Regional Council to bring about positive reforms in the economy and environment of Hawke’s Bay, and will continue to give his strong commitment to the role of chair.

The position of deputy chair was also appointed yesterday - with Central Hawke’s Bay councillor Will Foley appointed.

Mr Foley was elected to the Regional Council in 2019.

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The Tararua District Council has extended a precautionary boil water notice for the Eketahuna township until midday tomorrow. 

The notice was put in place on Monday following 36 hours of heavy rain, which caused high turbidity in the water supply.

Yesterday the Council said while source water had significantly improved, residual chlorine levels within the reticulation system were low.

Additional testing will be undertaken tomorrow.

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The magpies made their fourth successive Ranfurly Shield defence at McLean Park last night.

Facing North Otago, the Magpies opened their 2021 campaign with a 85-0 win.

The game was 42-nil at half time, with Hawke’s Bay scoring 12 tries in the game, and being awarded a penalty try.

The Magpies have another pre-season Shield defence against Ngāti Porou East Coast on July 24.