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FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2019

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence volunteers will hold a public training exercise and demonstration this weekend.

The Emergency Response Team will demonstrate how it can operate in a disaster.

Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group Manager Ian Macdonald said volunteers were the backbone of the organisation.

He said without such people, they wouldn’t be able to respond as quickly to adverse events, or support the community as well as it can.

Mr MacDonald said volunteers help out in many ways, from staffing the Emergency Operations Centre and helping out with planning, operations, logistics and communications functions, to providing welfare and first aid where it is most needed to support community-led responses.

He said Sunday’s demonstration – which is being held from 10am in the saddle carpark and surrounding area at Te Mata Peak - was a great way to see first-hand the kind of work volunteers carry out, and the types of skills they learn.

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The Central Hawke's Bay Council is working to keep visitor information services operating in Central Hawke's Bay, following a decision from CHB Promotion Members to liquidate the association at its Annual General Meeting this week.

Council Group Manager Customer and Community Partnerships, Doug Tate, says keeping visitor information services operating for Central Hawke's Bay is very much front of mind for Council.

CHB Promotions current contract with the Council to operate the Visitor Information Centre ends on June 30th this year.

The two current Information Centre staff will transfer to Council if the motion to wind-up CHB Promotions is confirmed at a special meeting on the 8th of April.

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The Hawke's Bay Club Rugby competition kicks off this weekend.

The Premier grade is the only one with games - with the Central Prems playing Hastings Rugby & Sport at Central Park tomorrow at 3pm.

Meanwhile the Central Colts will play a pre-season game tonight against Dannevirke at Central Park.

That game kicks off at 7pm.

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Entries close this Sunday for the Waipukurau Squash Club's Open Tournament.

The competition runs next Thursday to Saturday, with entry fee for players $40.

Waipukurau Squash Club spokesperson Josh Ross thanked major sponsors Centralines, Thump Sports, Waipukurau Motors, Silver Fern Farms and Kintail Honey to help make the tournament go ahead.

Entries can be emailed to wpksquashcommittee [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Waipukurau School will host the third and final event in the Ovation NZ Go Kidz Tri-Series tomorrow.

The event is being held at Russell Park, with on the day registrations being taken between 8am - 8.45am, with racing starting at 9.30.