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Emergency services were called to the Oringi Business Park complex near Dannevirke following an ammonia leak yesterday.

The incident, which was reported about 8.20am, and upgraded to second alarm HAZMAT, saw crews from Dannevirke, Woodville, Napier and Palmerston North respond with specialist equipment.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand Hawke's Bay District Manager Ken Cooper said the owners followed the correct procedures, shut down the system and called 111.

Firefighters entered the building with chemical suits, isolated the valve and ventilated the property so contractors could enter to make repairs.

Ken Cooper said there was no immediate threat to anybody in the community or surrounding area."

Icepak New Zealand is said to be investigating the incident.


The Waipukurau Rotary Club is once again taking nominations for its Young Employee of the Year Award.

The Award was first presented in 1994, and recognises young people who make a significant contribution to their place of work.

Rotary is accepting nominations for employees aged 35 and under, and who display a number of attributes including a strong work ethic, a desire to succeed, and has the drive to go the extra mile for both the employer and customer.

Nominations must be in by 5pm this Friday, with details of how to make a nomination available on the Waipukurau Rotary Club Facebook page.


Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating after a dog was allegedly shot while in its kennel over the weekend.

A post on Facebook on Monday from the dogs owner said someone had entered their property on Saturday and shot the dog while it was in its kennel.

The post said luckily the dog was left with a chest full of blood and bullet pallets.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said staff attended the address, and further forensic examination was to be carried out.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CHB Police.


Central Hawke’s Bay’s Mangarara Eco Lodge has featured on a list of the Top 15 Most Sustainable Accommodation options in New Zealand.

Owned by Greg and Rachel Hart, NZ Herald writer Jessica Wynne Lockhart said Mangarara is “unlike any other farmstay in the country.

She said the Mangarara Station vision is based on regenerative agriculture, with a focus on soil health, carbon sequestration and planting native and food-producing trees.

Mangarara Eco Lodge can sleep up to 17 guests.