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An extra ambulance and new frontline ambulance staff are to be based at the St John Waipukurau station from next month.

In a statement, St John spokesperson Dave Richards, said the organisation is pleased to confirm that from the 1st of September, the Waipukurau station will welcome a new ambulance and six new frontline ambulance staff, bringing the vehicle fleet to two ambulances and one First Response Unit.

Mr Richards said the new ambulance will be rostered on from 6am till midnight, seven days a week.

The existing ambulance will continue to be rostered on 24-hours, seven days.


It will be a four-way race for the Tararua Mayoralty.

Nominations for the 2022 Local Body Elections closed on Friday, with Tracy Collis, who is going for a third term as Mayor, facing challenges from James Kendrick, Sharon Wards, and Nick Hill.

Ten people are contesting the North Tararua Ward, where there are four vacancies; and six people are contesting the four seats for the South Ward.

Three people have put their names forward for the newly created Maori Ward.

Elections for the Dannevirke and Eketahuna Community Boards will also be required.


Meanwhile no election will be required for the CHB Mayoralty, with Alex Walker being returned unopposed.

It is the same for CHB’s Aramoana-Ruahine Ward, with Jerry Greer, Kate Taylor, Brent Muggeridge, and Tim Aitken the only four nominations.

In the Ruataniwha Ward an election will be required.

Kaye Harrison has put her name forward, and will run against the four incumbents – Kelly Annand, Pip Burne, Gerard Minehan and Exham Wichman.

In the Regional Council seats, Will Foley will return for another term for the CHB seat on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council; and Dannevirke’s Allan Benbow has ben elected unopposed for the Tararua seat on Horizons Regional Council.


No one was seriously injured after a vehicle struck a barrier on Tataramoa Road at Matamau over the weekend.

Emergency services were called around 8.15 Saturday morning to the accident.


For the 15th year in a row, Otane Thirsty Whale took home the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball trophy on Friday night.

Otane played All In : Elusive in the final, winning 58-46.

In the nights other game, Central Sports Vet Services were beaten by HHSOG Huia, 50-42, in the playoff for third and fourth.


The Magpies hung on for a one-point win their game against Counties Manukau last Friday night.

Hawke’s Bay had a strong lead at halftime, up 28-6.

Counties made a string comeback in the second half and came within a couple of points of taking the Ranfurly Shield.

The Magpies held on to win 33-32 in their Bunnings NPC Round 2 game.

Our 2022 Magpies coverage is thanks to the Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau.


Other weekend sporting results :

The Dannevirke Tigers league team had a 36-22 win over Wanganui.

The CHB Bebbington Shield Rep team had a 24-17 win over Manawatu Maori on Saturday at the Takapau Domain.