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The PGG Wrightson/Leopard Hotel Cup is the feature race at the Waipukurau Jockey Club's Christmas Races this weekend.

A fine day is forecast for Sunday, with the first race on the card at 1.17pm, and the last at 5.05pm.

Gates will open at 11.30am for the day, with a number of other features including the Best Travel Heads & Tails competition, with a chance to win a $1000 travel voucher.

Fashion in the Field and children's entertainment are also highlights.

Horse trainers will also be eyeing the $7500 bonus for training three winners on the day.

The entry fee for Sunday is $10 adults, with those under 18 free.


The Puketoi Young Farmers Club held a successful fundraiser recently for a new charity targeting rural suicide and depression.

Chairperson Ben Galloway said the "Bark Up" event held last month was a great success, raising just over $4000 for the charity 'Will To Live'.

The charity was started by a Lincoln University student this year after losing her boyfriend, a high country shepherd, to suicide.

Next year a nationwide tour is planned by the charity to host a year of symbolic ‘Speak Up’s’ in rural country pubs.


Over 125 local graduates were recognised for successfully completing a diverse range of qualifications at a special ceremony hosted by her Worship Mayor Alex Walker at the Civic Theatre in Waipukurau earlier this week.

The graduation saw EIT, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and The Mayors Taskforce for Jobs partner together to celebrate in a first combined event for the district.

Over 100 graduates of EIT certificate programmes were also recognised at the Graduation in front of families, friends, tutors and EIT staff.

A further 25 industry trainees and apprentices were also recognised at the ceremony for achieving their local qualifications.

They graduated from the scheme that saw 12 local employers and five Industry Training Organisations involved.