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A give-a-little page has been setup following a shed fire at Akitio on Tuesday, which saw two people flown to Wellington Hospital with serious burns.

Two helicopters, one ambulance and a St John’s first response unit were sent to the scene, along with fire appliances from three local brigades.

It has been reported the one of the victims has been discharged from hospital, while the other remains in a serious condition.

The give-a-little page has been setup to cover accommodation, treatment, travel, and loss of income following the incident.

The page has raised nearly $2000 as at this morning.

Link here : Help to support our Family - Givealittle


After 45 years of service, Tararua District Councils’ Manager Democracy Services, Richard Taylor, will retire this week.

Richard’s service began with the old Dannevirke County Council, and he has worked in a number of areas of the Council.

For those wanting to say farewell, a drop-in session is being held today from 10am to 2pm at his office at 40 Denmark Street.


With two and a half days to go until voting closes, 37.86% of voting papers have been returned for the Tararua District Council.

The percentage represents 4,891 voting papers of the 12,920 sent out.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, where there is only an election in the urban Ruataniwha Ward, 35.99% of papers had been returned by last night.

Voting papers must be returned by midday this Saturday directly to ballot boxes at local Councils, or for CHB residents, ballot boxes available at New World Waipukurau and Four Square Waipawa.


Drivers using the Napier-Taupo Road this morning are being advised to take care.

Metservice had issued a Road Snowfall Warning for SH5 overnight, with one to two centimetres of snow expected to accumulate above 300 metres.

Meanwhile it is going to be a cold day for local areas.

Snow showers are expected for Dannevirke today, with cold southwesterlies expected for both districts.

Winds are expected to be strong about coastal areas.

Dannevirke’s expected maximum temperature today is seven degrees, with CHB nine degrees.


Central has retained the Tino Amato Trophy following their 39-5 win over Wairoa on day two of the Heinz-Watties 2022 Ross Shield Tournament in Dannevirke.

Nation Walker scored two tries for CHB, with Konnah Hema-Wylie, Henry Mullany, Ritchie Neemia, and Jeffrey Stuart one each.

Two of the six tries scored were converted – with Ritchie Neemia and Robert Merridew converting one each.

The skies opened, and the rain came down for game two between hosts Dannevirke and Napier.

Central FM correspondent, Tom Castles, said the skill level from both teams was incredible despite the playing conditions.

The score in tha game was Napier 12, Dannevirke 0.

Yesterday’s final game was between Hastings East and Hastings West, which ended in a seven-all draw.

Today’s Games :

1.00pm Hastings East vs. Napier

2.00pm Central HB vs Hastings West

3.00pm Dannevirke v Wairoa