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The Taxpayer’s Unions “Stop Three Waters” campaign hits Hawke’s Bay today.

The campaign is covering the length of New Zealand in an effort to stop Government changes to Three Waters.

A rally and soapbox meeting will be held outside the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council offices in Napier from midday today, followed by an event with local leaders and guest speakers at the Meeanee Hall tonight from 7.30.

Tomorrow, there will be a rally and soapbox meeting outside the Hastings District Council offices from 10am.

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With Matariki – or the Māori New Year – now underway, and our first Matariki Public Holiday tomorrow, Central Hawke’s Bay is preparing for a week of celebrations next week.

On Monday morning from 5.30, a Dawn Ceremony will be held at Pukekaihau Pa.

Tuesday will see local school children take part in a Ki-o-Rahi tournament at Russell Park in Waipukurau.

On Wednesday a celebration of local artists will be held at the Waipukurau Memorial Hall, with an already sold-out showcase of the Matariki Stars on Thursday.

The celebrations finish with a free Matariki Night at Russell Park on Friday, ending with a fireworks display.

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Ticket sales have been strong for a “Support for Ukraine” fundraiser being held tonight.

Local musicians Harry Twinn and the MonotonesNZ will play at the Copperpot Bar in Waipukurau.

Harry says the idea for the fundraiser came from his cousin, who has been driving to Ukraine to ferry women, children and sometimes pets, back to the UK.

He says so far she has ferried about 20 people out of Ukraine.

Tickets for the event cost $10, and will start at 8 o’clock tonight.

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Weekend Rugby :

Manawatu Competition :

The Dannevirke Colts and Seniors will play their respective Massey University counterparts at Massey at 12.45pm Saturday.

Hawke’s Bay Competition :

All games are being played on Friday 24th.