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A 23-year old man was to appear in the Hastings District Court yesterday following a domestic incident in Central Hawke’s Bay on Wednesday night.

Sergeant Neil Baker said Police were called to a Nancy Street, Takapau address where it was reported that a knife had been presented. 

He said as a result, a 23 year old male was arrested on a number of serious violence and threat charges.

The man was held in custody, and Mr Baker said bail would be opposed by Police.

He said no serious injuries were sustained as a result of the incident.

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A liquor ban will come into effect for Akitio Beach from midday today.

A Tararua District Council Alcohol Bylaw subjects the area of Akitio Beach from midday on the 24th of December through to 7am on the 3rd of January, and covers all public streets, reserves and beachfront areas from the Akitio bridge to the southern end of the esplanade reserve.

The ban only applies to liquor consumed in public places, and does not affect licensed premises or events that are the subject of a special licence.

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The Precautionary Boil Water Notice issued for those connected to the Eketahuna Town Supply has finally been lifted.

The notice was first issued on the 8th of December following heavy rain, which caused the water to become turbid, or dirty.

The Tararua District Council lifted the notice at 4pm yesterday after turbidity levels reduced to levels compliant with the NZ Drinking Water Standards.

The Eketahuna Treatment Plant is currently being upgraded, which will reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

Work is expected to be completed in April.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police will be keeping a close eye on local beaches over the summer holidays.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said Police have had a number of complaints about people’s behaviour at the beach.

He said the complaints are about stupidity, driving and motorbikes.

Mr Walker said while it’s busy, Police will be out at local beaches as much as they can.

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Fine with a bit of cloud is the forecast for Tararua on Christmas Day, with Central Hawke’s Bay expecting a few afternoon inland showers and potential thunderstorms.

Santa can expect a bit of cloud when he visits tonight, with overnight temperatures between 13 and 14 degrees.

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have paused most roadworks on State Highways until January 6th to minimise disruption to travellers.

National Journey Manager, Helen Harris, said there would still be temporary speed limits and road cones at the worksites or where there has been recent resurfacing.

She is asking drivers to take care when driving through worksites and adhere to any temporary speed limits.

The move is welcome news for those travelling between Central Hawke’s Bay and Hastings over recent days, who have faced waits of over an hour at times at the site of roadworks on State Highway 2 at Pukehou.

Many vented their frustration on Central FM’s Facebook page.

Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker drove through the roadworks on Wednesday afternoon, and said as far as she’s concerned, the traffic management wasn’t good enough.

Waka Kotahi is yet to respond to a request for comment from Central FM about the wait times.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay Community Christmas Spirit has received a $1000 donation from the Children’s Holding Trust.

Trust member Trish Giddens said the Trust – formed with the amalgamation and pooling of resources and funds from the HB Children’s Home, Birthright and Family Care – donates money for the specific purpose of the benefit of children and young adults in Hawke’s Bay.

Catherine Ashby, Speaking on behalf of the Community Christmas Spirit, said the need to give families a hand up at this time of the year continues to grow.

She said the Community Christmas Spirit has been operating for 12 years and in this time has given hundreds of Central Hawkes Bay children toys and games. 

Mrs Ashby said they rely on donations from our community and businesses, and thanked everyone that has donated food, toys, games and money towards this years gift giving. 

The community Christmas trees – at the Civic Theatre, Waipukurau and Tim Chote Appliances in Waipawa are taking donations up until the end of today.