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East Coast Young Farmers raised just over $1500 from a “wellbeing” charity event on Saturday night.

Guest speaker, Farm 4 Life founder Tangaroa Walker, flew in from Southland for the night, which featured a free roast lamb dinner and an auction.

Walker is an ambassador for Farmstrong, a nationwide wellbeing programme run for those that live in the rural community.

A Young Farmers spokesperson said Walker’s journey in his private and professional life resonated with all of us in some way.

All proceeds from the night were donated to Gumboot Friday, which raises money for children’s counselling services.

The amount raised was $1510.


Central Hawke’s Bay couldn’t quite make it three from three on the final day of the 2021 Wakely Shield tournament on Friday.

Following wins over Barbarians on Wednesday and Saracens on Thursday, the Centralines sponsored CHB team played Barbarians in the final for the Leahy Plate.

CHB were ahead at the half time break after scoring three tries in the first half, and were ahead with minutes to go, before the Barbarian scored to take the lead 22-20.

Central went on attack and were able to get the ball back to the Barbarians 22, but were unable to score.

Team Manager Willie Butler said Friday’s game was an entire team effort.


6,750 people from Hawke’s Bay rolled up their sleeves and had either their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

There were a number of vaccine sites setup around the region for the nationwide Super Saturday event.

Latest data for the region now shows 81percent of the population having had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 64 percent having had two doses.

Hawke’s Bay DHB chief executive Keriana Brooking said it was an awesome effort from the Hawke’s Bay community.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, there were three vaccination clinics held.

A DHB spokesperson said 934 vaccinations were administered in CHB on Saturday – with 369 at the Waipawa Rugby Clubrooms, 439 at a drive-through at the CHB Showgrounds, and 126 at Unichem Waipukurau.


For the first time since 1968, the Magpies had a win in Canterbury at the weekend.

The win also extends the Magpies lead at the top of the Bunnings NPC Premiership table.

The Magpies had a big 33-7 lead at halftime, and despite Canterbury making a comeback on the scoreboard in the second half, it wasn’t enough, with Hawke’s Bay winning 45-26.

Hawke's Bay will defend the Ranfurly Shield against Waikato at McLean Park this Saturday night.

Our 2021 Magpies coverage is thanks to The Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau.


There will be a water shutdown for a small part of Waipawa today.

Numbers 38-79 Abbotsford Road will be affected between 10am and 4pm to allow the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to replace a section of water main and reconnect to the existing mains water supply.