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Iconic Hawke’s Bay company, Te Mata Mushrooms, has announced the closure of its Havelock North operations, along with plans to build a new facility in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Yesterday the company said it would close its site in Havelock North with chairman John Seton saying it was no longer fit for purpose, and cited pressures caused by urban crawl.

The company plans to build a new facility near Takapau, with a resource consent currently being processed and designs finalised.


Vehicle owners are being advised to lock their vehicles – even when they are parked up driveways and out of site.

Senior Constable Andy Walker from CHB Police said on Tuesday last week two vehicles were targeted at properties on Porangahau Road, near Smith Street and Rose Street.

He said the break-ins happened around midday, and is likely to have been someone in a car, with the likes of chainsaws taken.

Mr Walker said people should lock their vehicles and keep any valuables out of sight, no matter where they are parked up.


After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Cancer Society will have collectors out today for its Daffodil Day Appeal.

Collection boxed will be out across Tararua District and Central Hawke’s Bay.

In CHB, a Daffodil Day shop has been setup in the Ruahine Motors building in Waipukurau, with daffodils, merchandise and a cake stall operating today.  Vintage Cars will also be on display.

CHB Cancer Support Group spokesperson, Margie Hewitt, says all money raised locally, stays local.


All Black Brodie Retallick will start for the Magpies tomorrow in their Bunnings Warehouse NPC and Ranfurly Shield game against North Harbour.

It will be the first time in over a decade Retallick, who is coming back from injury, has turned out for Hawke’s Bay.

Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 2.05pm at McLean Park.

The Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union is also offering a free ticket to general admission areas for children who wear part of their club kit to the game and are accompanied by a paying parent.

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


The Dannevirke Tigers Rugby League team will play the Takaro Taniwhas tomorrow.

The game will be played at Coronation Park Dannevirke, with a 2.30pm kick-off.

So far this season, the Tigers have won three from three.