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Friday 1st December

The annual Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal has granted the top two wish list requests at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

Tears of joy were shed by the hospital’s frontline paediatric staff at the announcement yesterday that a special isolation room and dedicated outside space for immune-compromised kids would become a reality.

Countdown’s Hawke’s Bay Group Manager, Wayne Dohmen, announced the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board would be awarded with the second biggest cheque ever received by the DHB since the appeal began, revealing the top two wish lists requests had been granted totalling a whopping $113,349.00.

Since 2007, the Countdown Kids Hospital appeal has donated more than
$824,000 to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

DHB spokesperson, Claire Caddie, said the isolation room and the child colposcope have been wanted for some time, so it is really significant.


Vet Services Hawke's Bay employee, Tori Osborne, was named the Waipukurau Rotary Club Young Employee of the Year on Monday night.

Competition finalists, along with their employers and family members, gathered for the awards presentation.

Judges had a number of quality entrants to choose from once again this year.

Along with Tori winning the top award, Tommo Fogarty from Ruahine Motors was named runner-up, and was offered the opportunity to attend an Outward Bound course.

Robert Barry, a trainee farm manager from BEL Group was another runner-up, receiving a cash prize, and Max Hale, who works for GM Panelbeaters was given a Rotary Youth Leadership Award.


Santa will come to town tomorrow with the annual Dannevirke and CHB Christmas Parades.

The Dannevirke Parade starts at midday, heading down High Street.

The CHB Parade will start at the later time of 3pm this year, starting in Kitchener Street Waipukurau, before making its way down the main street to Russell Park.

The parade's prizegiving will be held at Russell Park, along with Christmas Carols and other entertainment from 4pm.


Elysha-Rose Grant was named Dux of Central Hawke's Bay College at the annual senior prizegiving on Wednesday night.

Elysha-Rose also won the girls General Excellence prize.

Other winners :

The Ballantyne Family Rosebowl for Proxime Accessit was won by Danielle Robinson, and Isaiah Tiuka won the boys General Excellence prize.

The 2018 School Prefects were also named, with Jack Ward Head Boy, Madeleine Nieuwenhuis Head Girl.

Deputy Heads are Samuel Harris, Ally Hislop, Amber McGruddy, George White, Oliver Wilson and Breanna Winchester.