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Two people were seriously injured and another moderately following a crash at Te Hauke yesterday.

Emergency services were alerted to the accident just after 2.30pm on State Highway 2, near the intersection with Colin White Road.

It is understood multiple motorbikes and a vehicle were involved.

SH2 was closed until about 6.30 last night.

Two people were treated for serious injuries, and they, along with a person with moderate injuries, were taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

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Public submissions on an application by eight farms wanting to take a combined 15 million cubic metres of water per year from the Ruataniwha Basin close this afternoon.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are taking submissions on the application from the farms in the Tikokino, OngaOnga and Takapau areas.

The water is to be used for irrigation and release into various streams and rivers to help water flows.

The applicants are seeking 20 year terms of consent.

Details of the application are on the Regional Council website.

Submissions close at 5pm today.

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The New Zealand Men’s Team Pursuit Cycling team of local Regan Gough, Aaron Gate, Campbell Stewart, Corbin Strong and Jordan Kerby have been named as nominees in the Team of the Year at the 2022 Halberg Awards.

There are 79 nominations for the next awards from 24 sporting codes, with finalists announced in January.

Rower Emma Twigg from Hawke’s Bay is also a nominee in the Sportswoman of the Year category.

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The weather has cleared in time for tonight’s Christmas festivities in Waipukurau.

With the usual street parade unable to go ahead this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, fun activities and festivities, along with late night shopping have been organised for tonight.

CHB Mayor Alex Walker said everything gets underway at 4.30pm and it will be a fun night, with kids able to visit Te Huinga Wai – The Knowledge and Learning Hub to make Xmas decorations.

Santa and his elves will be strolling the street, and the Waka Tākaro Play Trailer will be at the Green Patch.

Meanwhile Santa will hitch a ride on a fire engine on Sunday in Waipukurau and Tikokino spreading Christmas Cheer.

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Ag First Consultants will present the findings of a report looking in to significant land use change in Tararua today.

The Tararua District Council secured funding from MPI and Te Uru Rakau to look at the issue dubbed “the right tree in the right place”.

Mayor Tracey Collis said they were fortunate to have Dr Heather Collins, who is passionate about the social impacts on communities, as part of the study.

The Ag First presentation as at The Hub from 9am to midday today, with farmers interested in diversification encouraged to attend.

Anyone wanting to attend must register first with the Council.