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Hawke’s Bay’s hold on the Ranfurly Shield has come to an end, after being beaten by Wellington on Saturday night.

A crowd estimated at over 8000 were at McLean Park for the game.

The Magpies did manage to score the first points of the game with a penalty kick from Lincoln McClutchie.

McClutchie would score all of the Magpies 12 points in the game, with another three penalties.

The score was locked nine all at half time, with the final score Wellington 19 – Hawke’s Bay 12.

This weekend the Magpies are on the road playing Bay of Plenty in Tauranga on Saturday.

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


80 volunteers picked up 10 cubic metres of rubbish on State Highway 2 between Waipawa and Waipukurau yesterday.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council organised the highway clean-up as part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week.

State Highway 2 was closed while the clean-up was underway.

Mayor Alex Walker said on her Facebook page last night that tyres, kids toys, beer bottles, bike helmets, concrete blocks, jandals, and a sheet of contraceptive pills were all amongst the items picked up by volunteers.


Voting papers will begin arriving in letterboxes over the coming days for the 2022 Local Body Elections.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, along voters in the urban Ruataniwha Ward will receive voting papers as it is the only ward where an election is required.

Papers need to be returned by midday on Saturday the 8th of October.

To help with voting, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has ballot boxes at New World Waipukurau, Four Square Waipawa, Waipawa Library, Te Huinga Wai Waipukurau, and at the Council offices in Waipawa.


Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive Doug Tate has called further vandalism at the Russell Park toilets “disappointing”.

Last week Police said the toilets had been targeted for the fourth time in a matter of two weeks.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said four young people had been captured on CCTV, and that Police had spoken with some of them about the damage.

Other public toilets in CHB have also been extensively damaged recently.

Doug Tate said Council will look into its approach for public toilets but said there was no immediate plans to shut them.