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Final results of the 2022 Local Body Elections were released last Friday.

The closest race was for the newly created Tamaki-nui-a-Rua Maori Ward for the Tararua District Council.

Naioma Chase won the seat with a three-vote margin over Lorraine Stephenson.

Chase recorded 190 votes, with Stephenson 187.

The other candidate, Dot Watson, received 58 votes.

All other wards in Tararua, as well as the Mayoralty, along with the Ruataniwha Ward in Central Hawke’s Bay remained the same as provisional results.


The Centralines CHB Wakely Shield team finished last weeks tournament with a 22-19 win over the Barbarians side.

Both teams had gone through the tournament without a win.

Lucas Hampton scored two tries for CHB in the first half, with Central trailing 19-10 at half-time.

Campbell Donnithorne touched down twice for CHB in the second half, with Max Annand converting one of the tries.

Central Manager, Tim Ewen, said to get the win on the last day was a perfect way to finish the tournament.


A reminder that the Saddle Road is subject to night-time closures every night this week.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will close the road each night from 6pm to 6am up to and including Thursday for maintenance work.

Detours during these times will be via the Pahiatua Track.


Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is encouraging individuals, whānau, schools and businesses in the region to sign up for the upcoming Shakeout event.

ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people what to do during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi if in a tsunami evacuation zone.

This year, New Zealand ShakeOut will take place on Thursday 27 October at 9:30am.

HBCDEM is giving away 200-litre rainwater tanks in each Hawke’s Bay district – Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, and Central Hawke’s Bay – to encourage people to practise their Drop, Cover and Hold and tsunami hīkoi.

HBCDEM spokesperson Jae Whelan said they want as many Hawke’s Bay people as possible to participate in ShakeOut.

Whelan said there are three categories to enter – individuals and families; businesses and organisations; and schools and education providers.

The winning entry in each category for each district is a 200-litre Rainbutt water tank, worth $250.

Over 17,00 Hawke’s Bay residents have signed up so far.

You can sign-up at