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Ayden Boyd was named Dux of Central Hawke’s Bay College last night.

The College Assembly Hall was full for the senior prizegiving, for the first time in three years due to COVID-19.

Ayden, who will study for a Bachelor of Science in Physics from next year also received a scholarship to Victoria University.

Benjamin Cruickshank received the Ballantyne Family Rosebowl for Proxime Accessit, with Curtis Osborne the prize for General Excellence – Boys, and Ashlee Thompson General Excellence – Girls.

The College’s 2023 Head Prefects were also named last night, with Brenna Mackey named Head Girl, and Tom Burne Head Boy.

Both Brenna and Tom were presented with kahu huruhuru.

The kahu huruhuru were gifted by outgoing Maori Studies teacher Marino Tiuka, to be worn as a sign of mana and leadership, and to guide and protect the wearers.


Two people have been arrested following an alleged aggravated robbery in Waipukurau on Monday night.

Senior Constable Andy Walker says a person parked up to use the public toilets at the Waipukurau Railway Station around 11.30pm.

When the person came out of the toilets, he was confronted by three occupants of another vehicle.

Mr Walker says the three produced what is believed to be a knife and told the other person they were going to take his vehicle.

He says two of the offenders were intercepted by Police on their way back to Hastings and were arrested, while the third person is still being sought.

The man’s vehicle was recovered undamaged.


A Total Outdoor Water Ban comes into effect in Akitio today.

On December 1st each year the restrictions are put in place over the summer period.

The Tararua District Council says the restriction will be reviewed periodically and relaxed at the earliest opportunity in the autumn.


Waipawa’s Kingfisher Gifts will hold its annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House today.

Over the years thousand of dollars have been donated, with 10% of Christmas Shop sales today going to the cause.

Kingfisher owner, Mark Drake, says Santa will also be instore today between 2.30 – 6.30pm.