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The winners of the 2022 Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards were announced last night.
Nearly 500 people were present at the awards ceremony, held at Tomoana Showgrounds.
The Silver Fern Farms HB Farmer of the Year was High Abbiss from Totara Hills.
Steve Treseder won the Pan Pac HB Farm Forester of the year, and Richard Hilson, the Unison HB Primary Sector Professional of the Year.
The BWR Innovation Award went to the True Honey Co, and Central FM’s Steve Wyn-Harris is this year’s recipient of the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award, which is given to a person who has contributed significantly through their work or voluntarily for the betterment of agriculture in Hawke's Bay.
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The SPCA has announced the permanent closure of its Waipukurau Centre.
Yesterday the organisation said it would be entering into a partnership with a local vet clinic to ensure animals remain cared for.
SPCA Area Manager Bruce Wills said with so few animals coming through the centre, the cost of keeping it running was unsustainable.
He said the new partnership with Vet Services Waipukurau will see animals better cared for, with Vet Services providing extended opening hours and emergency care when required.
Mr Wills said animals can also be transferred to the SPCA Hastings Centre.
The Waipukurau SPCA has been closed since the beginning of May.
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Up to 8000 people are expected at the final Matariki event in Central Hawke’s Bay tonight.
A free whanau event is being held at Russell Park – one which attracted 6000 people last year.
Amiria Nepe-Apatu from Te Taiwhenu o Tamatea says it will be a full night of entertainment, kai, and fireworks display to finish the night around 8.30pm.
 She said a number of organisations are involved in planning our Matariki Celebrations, including the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

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Weekend Rugby :
Manawatu :
The Dannevirke Colts play OBM away.
Dannevirke Seniors play Te Kawau at Rugby Park at 12.45pm.
Hawke’s Bay :