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Tickets have gone on sale for the 2021 Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival.

More than 70 shows make-up this years programme, which runs for two weeks from the 16th of October.

Be Open is the theme for the 2021 Festival, with a range of art forms, including theatre, music, dance, opera, comedy, family events, visual arts and a weekend of literary events.

The Festival programme, along with event tickets, are available online at www.hbaf.co.nz.

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The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a bridge last night was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.

Emergency services were called to the accident on Kahuranaki Road, near McKenzie Road, shortly after 8pm.

Police said the vehicle lost control, spun 180 degrees, and backwards into the bridge upright.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

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The Tararua District Council has received $30,000 from the government’s Food Secure Communities fund to research the capabilities of the districts’ foodbanks and support organisations.

The research will enable the council to draft a food security plan that will allow groups to work together more efficiently.

Food Secure Communities Tararua working group co-ordinator Emma Elliot said the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and last year's lockdown proved organisations did good work and people rallied to help in times of need.

But she said organisations were competing for food donations and funding.

The working group hopes to develop a draft plan for the district by February next year. 

The draft would cover feeding those in need on a day-to-day basis and will tie into Civil Defence plans and ensure people can get food even when disaster struck the district.