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Entries close today for the Napier Port Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Awards.

Nine awards or scholarships will be presented at a special dinner next month, including the Silver Fern Farms HB Farmer of the Year, the Pan Pac Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year, as well as the Rural Directions Shepherd of the Year.

Tickets for the awards dinner, which is on the 19th of March, are now available from Showgrounds Hawke's Bay.

Full details on the Awards are available on the Showgrounds Hawke's Bay website.


All of the East Coast of the North Island is now in a Prohibited Fire Season.

Manager Rural Fire for Fire & Emergency NZ, Tim Mitchell, says the hot and dry conditions have created extreme fire risk.

He says in areas where there is a prohibited fire season there is a total fire ban, where no fires are permitted, including rubbish fires.

Mr Mitchell says this is because there is a very real risk that in the current conditions a fire could easily spread and get out of control.

He says if anyone has to use machinery that could spark such as lawnmowers, or a plough, to do it during the cooler parts of the day.

Mr Mitchell is also urging landowners to check that any historic burn sites from the past two months are fully extinguished.


One of the biggest artists to have taken to the stage at The Mission is set to return.

Rod Stewart, who played at The Mission in 2005 and again in 2012, will play a concert there on Saturday November 14 this year.

Tickets to his previous two shows sold out in record time.

Mission Concert promoter James Erskine, Chairman of Sports and Entertainment Limited, says he's beyond thrilled that Rod is returning to the Mission Concert.

Tickets for Stewart's The Hits! Tour, which is a 50 year celebration of his career, will go on sale to Mission Concert Club members from next Wednesday at 11am.