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The Tararua District Council has adopted its Long Term Plan for the next 10 years.

Councillors adopted the plan at a meeting on Wednesday, setting a rates increase of 9.44 percent for the next year.

Councillors made some changes to the draft plan that went out, with the main one a rates reshuffle following concerns from rural ratepayers at the size of their increases.

Some farmers had indicated rates rises of up to 40 percent.

A change was also made to kerbside recycling, with the collection moving to a fortnightly rather than weekly from August 1st.

Council will take in total rates income of $27.4 million over the 2021/2022 year.


Fire appliances were called to a property at Pukehou yesterday afternoon after three sheds were reported to be on fire.

Fire and emergency NZ were called just before 4pm, with three appliances and two tankers responded to the scene.


A local Lotto player is $15,000 better off following Wednesday nights Lotto draw.

Sold at Paper Plus Waipukurau, the ticket was one of eleven that won the second division prize of $15,191.

The NZ Lotteries Commission says anyone who bought their ticket at a winning store should write their name on the back and check their ticket at any Lotto NZ outlet, online at or through the Lotto NZ App.


An icon of the playground at Nelly Jull Park in Waipawa has been retired.

‘Toby the Tractor’, who was donated by a local farming family in the 1940’s, has been returned to the family who donated him.

A special karakia yesterday morning signalled Toby’s retirement.

The Fordson Tractor has played a memorable role for many generations, and a member of the family that donated him said their father had done a mechanic apprenticeship, and as a project, was required to do something up.

They said Toby was only ever used to turn over the front lawn to grow watermelons, and was then driven up to Nelly Jull, stripped down and had been there ever since.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive Monique Davidson said Toby had become a landmark, and would be sorely missed by many, but thanked the family who donated him.

She said due to Toby’s age, and the wear and tear he’s faced being outside all this time –he was no longer safe for children to be playing on.

Safety surfacing changes are planned at Nelly Jull Park in the coming weeks, with substantial upgrades scheduled for 2023.


Weekend Sports

Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball : Both Otane Thirsty Whale and Central Sports Vet Services will play their respective games at 7.30 tonight at the Pettigrew Green Arena.

Otane play Outkast, with Central playing HHSOG.

Manawatu Rugby :  The Dannevirke Colts are at home tomorrow playing Feilding at 12.45pm, with the Dannevirke Seniors away playing Bush.

Bush Competition : Puketoi play Greytown away.

Hawke’s Bay Competition :

The Big Barrel Tui’s will play a pre-season game in Waipukurau tomorrow.

After a loss to BOP last weekend, the Tui’s will play Manawatu at Central Park, with kick-off at 1pm.