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Local Police executed a search warrant on behalf of Immigration New Zealand at a Waipukurau address on Wednesday.

Immigration New Zealand’s General Manager – Verification and Compliance, Stephen Vaughan, said the warrant was part of an “investigation involving allegations of migrant exploitation”.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, Mr Vaughan said INZ “would not be identifying the victims or complainants, any evidence obtained or commenting on the specific nature of the exploitation allegations”.

He said combating the exploitation of temporary migrant workers is a priority for INZ and allegations of such offending are taken very seriously.

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The Tararua District Council says it will look into the way it communicates future boil water notices.

Last Wednesday afternoon the Council issued a precautionary boil water notice for the Dannevirke Town Supply, but some businesses and residents were not aware of the notice on Thursday morning.

The Council says following community feedback, it will be reviewing the communication process for boil water notices.

Meanwhile, the precautionary boil water notices for Dannevirke and Eketahuna have now been lifted.

Turbidity levels at both water treatment plants have reduced to levels compliant with the NZ Drinking Water Standards.

The Council says although the precautionary boil water notices have been lifted, it is noted that there may still be minor turbidity issues within the water supply networks.

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The Hawke’s Bay A & P Show will not go ahead this year.

Organisers issued a statement yesterday saying that the 2021 Show will be cancelled due to the uncertainty and risks associated with the Delta variant of COVID 19.

The Show was scheduled to run on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of October.

Each year around 30,000 people attend the event at the Tomoana Showgrounds.

A & P Society President Simon Collin said the organisation had no choice in the matter.

He said while the country is in differing levels of restrictions, and with COVID cases still appearing, they cannot put anyone at risk by hosting a large gathering.

Show General Manager Sally Jackson said the A&P Show, which is in its 158th year, has only had to be cancelled during World War Two.

She said she, along with all of the volunteers, staff and key stakeholders are extremely sad and disappointed not to be able to deliver this much-loved event.

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The two events in Central Hawke’s Bay as part of the upcoming Summer FAWC series in the region have sold out.

The Food and Wine Classic is celebrating its 10th year this year and is being run over 10 days from the 5th of November.

“At The Chef’s Table”, which is being held at Wallingford Homestead on the 7th of November, and the “Small Plates, Bold Flavours” at Waipukurau’s Punanga Lodge on November 14th have both sold out.

Many of the other events are also sold out.

Details are available at www.fawc.co.nz.