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Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis has been returned for another three-year term.

Results of the 2022 Local Body Elections were announced over the weekend, showing Mrs Collis received 3612 votes, with her nearest rival, Sharon Wards, receiving 1192 votes.

In the North Tararua Ward the top candidates in order were Steve Wallace, Erana Peeti-Webber, Kerry Sutherland and Sharon Wards.

The South Tararua Ward results in order were Alison Franklin, Peter Johns, Scott Gilmore and Michael Long.

Those results are not expected to change by the counting of special votes.

A result that could change is for the Tamaki nui-a-rua Maori Ward, where Naioma Chase has an eight-vote lead over Lorraine Stephenson.

A final result is expected later this week.


Meanwhile in Central Hawke’s Bay, all four sitting councillors have been returned for the urban Ruataniwha Ward.

The ward was the only election required for the district this year.

The results in order from highest to lowest were Pip Burne, followed by Gerard Minehan, Kelly Annand, and Exham Wichman.

The result means all councillors from the previous term, along with Mayor Alex Walker, will once again serve another three years.


A person was taken to hospital after being hit by a truck in Dannevirke on Friday.

The incident happened just after midday Friday on State Highway 2 near the intersection with Robertshawe Crescent.

The road was closed for around two hours.

The injured person was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries.


Seven local players have made the Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield team following last week’s tournament in Dannevirke.

Dannevirke players Rafe Paewai, Te Tahi Rautahi and Jay La Dette-Pinfold, along with Central players Nation Walker, Henry Mullany, Ritchie Neemia, and Konnah Hema-Wylie were all named in the team.

Napier won the Ross Shield this year, with Central winning the Life Members Salver which is presented to the Rural District gaining the most competition points.


The Centralines CHB Wakely Shield team have their first game of the tournament today.

CHB play Hastings West at 1.45pm.

All games at are Tareha Reserve in Taradale.