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The three nominees for the Wackrow Memorial Youth Award have been named joint winners after the judging panel couldn’t pick a single winner.

Dannevirke High School’s Toby Walker, and Charlotte Patu and Josiah Max, who attend Totara College, were named winners at a ceremony this week.

The judging panel felt each nominee was outstanding in their own way.

The award is presented annually in memory of the late Constable Graeme Wackrow, who died in 1984 while serving with the NZ Police in Dannevirke.


Following years of safety concerns, State Highway 2 through Waipawa is set to receive an upgrade.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has been selected by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as one of thirteen Councils across the country to receive funding to improve the safety and connectivity of local streets. 

In CHB, the focus of the programme will be on the main street of Waipawa and will include plans to reduce traffic speeds through town and give safe and easy access to both east and west sides of the street.

Mayor Alex Walker says safety concerns have been a growing issue over a number of years.

She says in many ways, the state highway is a "hero" for Waipawa as it brings people, visitors, customers, and opportunities, but says it has become a real barrier to people trying to enjoy the town safely.

The safety improvements will include improved walking and cycling connections across State Highway 2 and at key intersections, as well as improved access to Madge Hunter Park and the Waipawa Pool.


A Memorandum of Understanding between Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence and Volunteering Hawke’s Bay was signed yesterday.

The memorandum formalises an arrangement where Volunteering Hawkes Bay will provide volunteer management services for HBCDEM during an emergency.

Volunteering HB will maintain a list of up to 100 police vetted volunteers to fulfil various emergency roles and will provide call centre staff to act on Civil Defence’s behalf.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence spokesperson Edaan Lennan says volunteers are vital as they provide valuable support during readiness, response, and recovery, as well as vital links to communities.