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Voting papers have been delivered for the Central Hawke’s Bay Consumers Power Trust election.

Eight candidates have put their names forward for the seven places on the Trust for the next three years.

Changes to the Trust Deed this year mean power consumers get to vote for all of the positions.

Previously, three positions were appointed by various parties.

Current members Alastair Setter, Marcus Peacock, Libby Tosswill and Karen Middelberg are all standing for re-election.

Catie Avery and Callum Gray, who currently sit as appointed members on the Trust, are also standing.

The other two candidates are Tony Murphy and Laura Billings.

Voting papers must be returned to the Returning Officer by 5pm on Friday October 1st.

Electors can also cast votes online using details on their voting papers.


A man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition after a vehicle rolled near Woodville yesterday.

The man’s vehicle crashed into a ditch after spikes were laid by Police at Hope Road and Woodlands Road.

A Police spokesperson said officers were executing a preplanned search warrant at an Ashhurst property when they spotted a vehicle of interest.

The vehicle failed to stop after being signalled to do so.


The Tararua District Council has closed Mangaone Valley Road, between Eketahuna and Pahiatua, following a slip that they say is too unstable to repair.

A section of the road was closed at the end of last month after an underslip broke away part of the road.

Last week hairline cracks were found, and more of the road slipped into a gully.

The Council said the road would remain closed for the foreseeable future and will be reassessed early next week.

A spokesperson said once the site is stabilised, further inspections and testing will be carried out to decide the road’s future.


Nominations close at midday today for the CHB Mail – Central Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.

Full details, including a nomination form, are available on the Sport Hawke’s Bay website.


A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for those connected to the Dannevirke water supply.

The Tararua District Council says the notice is due to recent heavy rain resulting in turbid source water, to the point where the existing water treatment plant cannot reduce the turbidity to levels required by the NZ Drinking Water Standards.

The Council says no E.coli has been detected in the water, and will provide an update later today.