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Four local cabinets belonging to Chorus have been chosen for beautification, and local artists are being encouraged to get their designs submitted.

Three of the chosen cabinets are in Waipukurau and one in Waipawa.

Mayor Alex Walker says the beautification of Chorus cabinets in Central Hawke’s Bay will add colour and vibrancy to the townships, that can be enjoyed now and for generations to come.

She says it is a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their talents, and to design something that truly reflects the exciting place they live, work and play.

Chorus Community Relations Manager Jo Seddon says it makes sense to partner with local councils, as they have the same goal in mind to discourage graffiti vandalism.

Central Hawke’s Bay has also been chosen as one of the towns nationwide to be part of the Rainbow cabinet art initiative.

Mrs Seddon says anyone can put forward a design, with the only stipulation that it has meaning and promotes diversity and inclusion.

Entries close on the 31st of August, with full details available on the Chorus website or from the District Council.


Incumbent councillor, Will Foley, is currently the only nomination for the Tamatea – Central Hawke’s Bay Ward for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Meanwhile, sitting councillor Allan Benbow, is currently the only nomination for the Tararua seat on Horizons Regional Council.

Nominations for the 2022 Local Body Elections close at midday on Friday.


Hawke’s Bay Police are urging families to remain vigilant around what information young people are sharing online, particularly with people they do not know.

Police say they are aware of at least one instance recently where a young person has fallen victim to attempted blackmail, after exchanging messages with someone on Snapchat who purported to be a teenage girl in Greece.

After exchanging a number of messages, the young person was asked to send an explicit image and did so.

The young person was subsequently threatened that if they did not pay a certain amount via the likes of PayPal, the image they had sent would be shared widely via social media.

The young person told their family, who then alerted Police.