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Hawke's Bay Police are still seeing a rise in the number of heavy vehicle batteries being stolen.

The batteries are being stolen from orchards, commercial businesses and rural properties.

A number of batteries have also been stolen from the roadworks site at Pukehou.

Acting Detective Sergeant Stephen Leonard says people should make an effort to record the make, model and size of their batteries.

He says making these batteries difficult for thieves to get to by parking vehicles in a secure place or in a well-lit area is the best thing to do.

Mr Leonard says if that can’t be done, people should mark the battery in some way to make it identifiable and hard for thieves to get off is the next best thing.

Other security options include installing CCTV or wireless alert systems.

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The Tararua District Council has had its $500,000 contract under the Mayors Taskforce For Jobs renewed for another 12 months.

Mayor Tracey Collis said in the last year in Tararua, the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs has enabled 38 full time placements, 34 part time and nine apprenticeships – which is a huge success.

She said Council are working with MSD, Tararua REAP, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne and Tararua Youth Services to achieve the best outcomes for helping youth into employment, and are looking forward to increasing the programme and supporting young people and employers in creating and filling roles. 

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Police are investigating an attempted burglary at Mills Honda in Waipukurau on Monday night.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said someone had cut through a security gate in an attempt to gain entry to the store. He said nothing was taken.