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Friday 6th October

Day 3 Ross Shield Results :

Central 14 Hastings West 33
Dannevirke 0 Hastings East 36
Napier 14 Wairoa 14

Today’s games :

1pm : Dannevirke v Napier
2pm : Central vs Wairoa (Tino Amato Trophy match) 3pm : Hastings East vs Hastings West

Tomorrow, the final day of competition, sees the local derby between Central and Dannevirke at the earlier time of 11am; Wairoa vs Hastings West at midday; and Napier vs Hastings East at 1pm.

CHB Mayor Alex Walker will hold another ‘Mayor in the Chair’ session today.

The first event last week attracted a good number of people, talking about a range of issues, including the Waipukurau wastewater odour issue and recycling.

Mayor Walker says another topic was Easter Sunday trading.

Following a consultation period, Council recently made a decision to not allow local retailers to trade on Easter Sunday.

‘Mayor in the Chair’ is a chance for locals to have an informal chat with the Mayor at the Civic Theatre from 3pm to 6pm.

A final session is planned for next Friday, also at the Civic Theatre.

A delegation from the Hawkes Bay Regional Council met with 34 Farm Plan providers in Waipawa earlier this week to tackle the challenge of delivering 1,100 Central HB farm plans by the end of May next year.

The Council says Tukituki Plan Change 6 will lead to better water quality in the Tukituki catchment through land use practice improvements, and landowner-led innovation, and at this stage, the pressure is on individual landowners to commit to work with Farm Plan providers.

HBRC spokesperson Brendan Powell says from the Councils perspective, the priority setting and on-farm actions that come out of a farm plan will see water quality improve downstream from farming activities.

He says council relies increasingly on approved Farm Plan providers to deliver plans that are a solid foundation for next steps, with the farmer-provider relationships hugely important.

So far 200 farm plans have been approved, with 43 needing approval, and another 43 in progress.

Mr Powell says the Farm Plans are not a solution in themselves, but spell out the adjustments to make to reduce individual farm impacts on the environment.
The Waipukurau Golf Club has had a good response to its ‘Learners and Beginners Day’.

Golf professionals from Hastings will hold 90 minute clinics with those new to the game tomorrow, and will continue coaching for the subsequent four Saturdays.

The Club is on the hunt for new members, and will supply gear and offer free rounds over the summer months for those wanting to practice their newly acquired skills.

Further information or bookings can be made by contacting Steve Wyn-Harris on 8558265.


Two new aerators are to be installed at the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant today.

Known as Aquarators, they will be installed to help alleviate the odour issue plaguing the plant, and are expected to be operational at lunchtime.

The CHB District Council says together with the existing aerators, the level of oxygen in the wastewater should be improved to the stage where both the smells are neutralised and the biological growth in the pond that is essential for proper wastewater treatment will become established.