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Proposals for a merger of the Primary Wool Co-Operative and Wools of NZ will be outlined at a meeting in Dannevirke today.

Backers of the proposal say the merger would transform the wool industry.

The Primary Wool Co-Operative was started in Hawke’s Bay nearly 50 years ago, and is owned by 1400 farmers, while Wools of NZ started in Christchurch about 15 years ago.

The issue will be voted on in November.

Today’s meeting in Dannevirke is being held at the Dannevirke Golf Club from midday.

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he 54th annual Onga 7-a-side tournament will be held today.

Hundreds of primary school children from around Central Hawke’s Bay will take part in hockey, netball, football and rugby.

The tournament will be officially opened at ten this morning with all teams involved in a march around the OngaOnga School field with their banners.

A powhiri and welcome speech will then be held, before the first games start just before 10.30am.

Organisers say there is plenty of parking available for spectators, along with coffee and food.