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The Tararua District Council says it will hold formal public consultation later this year once more information is received on the Government’s Three Waters Reform. 

The Council says while some councils have already indicated their position on the proposals, it has not made any decisions about whether to opt-in or opt-out. 

A local information sheet has been developed, and Council is asking residents to read it and share their views. 

The information sheet is available from Council or its Facebook page and website. 

If Tararua opts-in, the Government have promised it $15 million to go towards reform costs. 

Tararua’s Three Waters assets are valued at $164 million, with plans to spend $64 million over the next ten years for upgrades. 

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Waka Kotahi – New Zealand Transport Agency has confirmed investment in Central Hawke’s Bay’s roading network for the next three years. 

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council owns and manages 1265km of roading in the district, with NZTA funding an average of 60% of council’s land transport budget. 

Mayor Alex Walker said despite many other council’s around New Zealand struggling to gain approval for their portion of this year’s National Land Transport Fund, Central Hawke’s Bay had it’s entire $36.71m confirmed for the next three years.  She said the funding was welcome news and vital to Council’s plans to deliver on the levels of service in the Long Term Plan.  Ms Walker said Waka Kotahi’s funding via the ‘Funding Assistance Rate’ allows the Council’s contribution of $4.89m per year to stretch considerably further. 

She said the funding covers a range of activities to maintain, renew, operate and improve the land transport system.  

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Dannevirke’s Sugar and Salt Café raised $1300 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation from a fundraiser last weekend. 

The café sold two different cupcake flavours, with 100% of proceeds going to the Foundation’s Blue September Appeal. 

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Strong winds are expected for Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua over the next two days. 

Forecasters say westerly gales could become severe in both districts during today. 

On Thursday, a front moving across the North Island will bring strong westerlies to many areas, and Metservice says west to northwest gales could become severe in parts of Hawke’s Bay.