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The Waipukurau Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to The Terrace School yesterday morning after a tradesman using a welder set off a fire alarm.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Glen Millar said no action was taken by firefighters.

Later in the morning the Waipawa and Waipukurau brigades were called to a Great North Road Waipawa address.

Mr Millar said a switchboard was arcing at the property.

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The Dannevirke Chamber of Commerce has made the decision to cancel this years Christmas Parade.

In a notification to members yesterday, the Chamber said the decision was due to the current covid restrictions, and the decision was “heart breaking”.

The Chamber said they understand participants in the parade put in a lot of hard work into creating floats, so felt a decision needed to be made sooner rather than later.

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Water treatment plants in Dannevirke, Woodville and Eketāhuna are being upgraded to meet the requirements of New Zealand Drinking water standards, and to meet future demands.

The Tararua District Council says the Dannevirke plant upgrade is almost complete, despite the COVID lockdown and a shortage of building materials across the country.

Equipment has been installed and is now being tested and checked, and handover to Council is expected to happen early this month.

In Woodville, work is expected to be completed around the start of the new year, with construction at the Eketahuna expected to start early next year.

Mayor Tracey Collis said the upgrades will have the capability to treat more turbid water, which further reduces the risk of future precautionary boil water notices having to be issued.

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Hawke’s Bay Rugby has confirmed the appointment of Josh Syms as the new Magpies Head Coach for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Syms, who has been assistant coach since 2018, replaces Mark Ozich who departs at the end of the NPC to take up his new role with the Western Force in Super Rugby.

Syms says he feels very privileged and excited to take on the new role and has a determination to keep working with local talent, and to keep developing and moving Hawkes Bay Rugby forward.

HBRU CEO Jay Campbell says they had received considerable interest in the role but after a robust appointment process it quickly became apparent that Josh’s outstanding coaching ability, huge motivation to succeed and vision for the future that he was the right man to lead the Magpies.