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Central Hawke’s Bay has welcomed a new Police Sergeant.

Damion Davies has been a police officer for nearly 15 years, starting on the frontline in Napier.

He has worked in a number of areas of police – including CIB, AOS, Iwi and in community policing.

Sergeant Davies says he has a passion for rangatahi, and worked with youth groups for a number of years.

He says when the CHB position was advertised, he thought it was “him to a tea” with the frontline, community and youth aspects of the job.

Mr Davies says it is also a good opportunity to build partnerships with the community.

He started in CHB on Monday.

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Takapau’s Christmas Lights House has opened for the Christmas Season.

More than 40,000 lights are switched on each night until Christmas Eve at 51 Sydney Street,

With COVID-19 restrictions, Brenda and John Blackett are limiting people to 50 at a time this year, and ask people to wear masks and scan the COVID tracer app.

The house is open between 7.45pm and 10pm every night.

Jane Hamilton and Molly Baldwin from Property Brokers CHB have donated $1000 towards the Christmas Lights House.

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Kairakau Road is now open to one lane a full week earlier than scheduled.

A section of Kairakau Road has been closed for a number of weeks following a slip with the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council working through short, medium and long term options.

Council and contracting partner Higgins have worked at pace to design and build a new section of road.

 

Council Chief Executive Monique Davidson said she is ecstatic that the road is reopen to through-traffic a week earlier than scheduled.

She said Council promised that traffic would be able to pass through Kairakau Road by Christmas.

Traffic will be controlled by safety signage, a 30km speed limit and priority give-way.

Higgins will continue to monitor the lane on a daily basis.

 

Mrs Davidson said planning is still underway into the permanent two-lane solution with road construction likely to start in the first quarter of 2022.