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Wet weather this week means the finishing touches to the new $1.8 million multisport turf in Central Hawke's Bay may not be ready in time for the official opening.

After two years of fundraising and months of work, the Centralines Sports Park, which is owned by the CHB and District Community Trust will open tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock with festival games of hockey and netball.

The turf will also be able to be used for football and futsal, and there has been considerable interest from teams outside the district.

MP's, along with representatives from Centralines and the Eastern and Central Community Trust will join other invited guests at the opening, with the public also invited to have a go, with netballs and hockey sticks being provided.


The Central Hawke's Bay District Council says it has been fielding alot of questions about a new airstrip being constructed in Otane.

Residents are concerned about the airstrip on Elsthorpe Road and the effect it may have on noise levels and on property values.

In a statement on its Facebook page yesterday, the Council says aerodromes, which by definition include airstrips, are a permitted activity in the rural zone of its District Plan as a recreational activity.

The Council says that said, any activity must always comply with the noise standards of the District Plan, along with access, parking, and signs.

Both the Hawke's Bay Regional Council and Civil Aviation Authority also won't become involved.

The District Council says previous communication had suggested the airstrip would exceed the limit of dangerous goods able to be stored, however after discussions with the landowner, are of the opinion that he will not exceed them.


Strong winds are on the way for local areas over the next few days.

Gale force winds are forecast for coastal areas today, and will ease as the day goes on.

Weather forecasters say there is a high risk northwesterly winds may rise to severe gale in the Tararua District tomorrow.

On Sunday they say there is a low risk of severe northwest gales for Hawkes Bay, before easing later in the day.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts.