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Three local Police constables received special awards at a ceremony last week.

The ceremony was attended by Eastern District Commander, Superintendent Janette Park, and Hawke’s Bay Area Commander, Inspector Lincoln Sycamore, along with colleagues and family members.

Senior Constable Mike Dalby received a Long Service and Good Conduct Award for 28 years as a Police Officer.

Mike joined Police in 1994 and has spent the last 21 years in CHB.

Constable Olivia Tilyard received a District Commander Commendation for her quick actions and professionalism after coming across a man suffering a serious medical event on the side of the road in Auckland.

The man, media personality Danny Watson, has referred to Olivia as his guardian angel after she and two civilians saved his life after performing CPR for 15 minutes.

Senior Constable Andy Walker also received a District Commander Commendation for his leadership and calmness when a member of the public had a serious medical event in an isolated location.

Andy, who was off-duty, quickly started CPR, performing it until emergency services arrived.

Fire and Emergency and St John Ambulance paramedics praised him for his efforts in attempting to save the patient.

Mr Walker was also recently presented with a Police Commissioners Citation for work as part of the Disaster Victim Identification team following the Christchurch Mosque Attacks in 2020.


The Tararua Health Group won Champion of Champions float at the Shires Fruit & Vege Market Dannevirke Christmas Parade on Saturday.

43 floats entered this year’s parade, with a large crowd gathering along Dannevirke’s main street.

The winners were announced at a prizegiving yesterday.

The Best Christmas Float belonged to Te Rehunga Hall; Best Children’s going to the Dannevirke Tigers Rugby League Club; Best Business Float was Mitre 10; Most Original was a float created by Gill Hall and Jack Smith; with Mitre 10 winning the public vote.


Two weeks of daytime STOP/GOs will be in place on SH2 near Norsewood from today.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is undertaking pavement repairs on the highway, near Jens Anderson Rd.

Delays will be between 6am and 6pm each day for the next two weeks, excluding Sundays.