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Local residents are being urged to have their say on the Government’s Three Waters Reform before this week’s deadline for public submissions.

The Water Services Entities Bill will shift water services from local councils to four new entities.

Hawke’s Bay had put forward a regional three waters plan to the Government, but this has been ignored.

Tararua District Council Chief Executive, Bryan Nicholson, has said that he supported reform, but not the Government’s plan.

Public feedback can be made by visiting the Parliament website, with submissions closing at 11.59pm on Friday.


A "Support Ukraine" fundraiser run in the Tararua District has raised more than $10,000.

The money will go towards helping Ukrainian families who have fled to Kazimierz Dolny, Pahiatua’s twin town in Poland.

A month-long series of fundraising events were held, including movie screenings, an auction, and a raffle.

The online auction raised over $4000, while a Givealittle page raised $1650.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis said a “tremendous” thank you to everybody involved for helping with this “fabulous and rewarding fundraising initiative”.

Ms Collis has been in contact with her counterpart in Kazimierz Dolny who said the funds will be used to purchase items for the Ukrainian refugees, including groceries, hygiene products, household products, clothing, underwear, and shoes.


Waka Kotahi is advising drivers of the possibility of brief delays for journeys on SH2 and SH5 this week, as contractors carry out drone surveys at several sites where slips have recently occurred.

Temporary traffic management measures and lane closures will be in place to provide adequate room for contractors to safely carry out the survey work.

The Agency says road closures for a maximum period of 10 minutes at each site will be required when drones are flying directly over the road.