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With an average rates rise of 11.37% for the coming year, the Tararua District Council will today begin a series of “Super Consultation” meetings.

The Council says rising operating costs and priorities in its work plan, along with district growth and rising inflation are contributing towards the steep rise.

The New Zealand Taxpayers Union has said the 11.37% increase is the second highest of 25 non-regional councils around the country.

Todays “Super Consultation” meeting is being held at the Bush Multisports Stadium in Pahiatua between 9am and midday.

Further meetings are planned over the following three weeks.

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The Waipukurau Little Theatre has announced new dates for its upcoming production.

Originally set down for later this month, ‘The Old People Are Revolting’ will now be staged from the 19th until the 28th of May.

Anyone who had purchased a ticket for the original show will be able to use them for the new dates, however refunds are being offered for those who will not be able to attend.

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The Hawke's By Regional Council is to begin dismantling the remains of the Tukituki Swing Bridge from today.

During the dismantling, the Tukituki Trail from the entrance of Tapairu Road and the Mt Herbert Road entrance to the swing bridge will be out of bounds to the public for the next few days, including the Ford Road entrance.

It is hoped to have the trails re-opened by the weekend.

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Police have released the name of the truck driver who died following an accident at Waitahora last week.

The man was 65-year-old Robert Holm of Dannevirke.

The accident happened on Weber Road last Tuesday afternoon.

Police extended their sympathies to Mr Holm’s family and friends, and a spokesperson said the investigation into the crash was ongoing.

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There were 46 new cases of COVID-19 in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday, giving the district a total of 415 active cases.

For Tararua District, there were 521 active cases listed yesterday.