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13 local schools will take part in the Ngati Whai Festival today.

Central Hawke’s Bay College Head of Maori Marino Tiuka will open with a mihi whakatau at 9.45am, followed by a waiata from the Pukekaihau Kapa Haka Group and a karakia.

The first school will perform at 10am, with the last performance at 1.30pm.

The Ngati Whai Festival is being held at the A W Parsons Stadium.


Local Police quickly located a missing person in Waipawa yesterday.

Police sent an alert for a woman who had wandered off, and asked the public to keep an eye out for her.

A number of Waipawa people offered their assistance after seeing the alert on the Central FM Facebook page just after midday.

The woman was located safe and well just after 12.30pm.


Central Hawke’s Bay Police are looking for information following an alleged indecent assault near the Nelly Jull Park toilets in Waipawa last week.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said a female was leaving the toilets on Wednesday last week when she was met by a young male.

He said the male – who was aged in his 20’s, part-Maori, and well-spoken and well-dressed – looked the woman up and down, and as she walked past, he “touched her inappropriately”.

Mr Walker said a number of people were seen on CCTV going back and forth in the area between 4pm and 4.10pm that day, and Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen something.


The Waipukurau Ladies F Grade Squash team finished runners-up at the Squash New Zealand Superchamps National Tournament in Ashburton last week.

Waipukurau had wins over Browns Bay, Putaruru and Hamilton.

On Saturday they played Taihape, and it came down to the last game, which was won by Taihape who took first place.