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FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2019

Local firefighters will form a guard of honour at the funeral service of local man Daniel Taylor today.

Mr Taylor died as the result of a quad bike accident at Mangaorapa last weekend.

He was a member of the Porangahau Volunteer Fire Brigade, and Waipukurau Deputy Fire Chief, Glen Millar, said a relief crew of firefighters from around CHB will be on standby in Porangahau to allow its members to attend the funeral service.

Following the 11am service at St Joseph's Catholic Church, the funeral procession will be led by Police escort and go past the Waipukurau Fire Station, where the fire siren will rise and fall, before heading to the Waipawa Cemetery.

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Local fireman Micheal Bennie is currently on his way to help with the devastating Tasman forest fire.

Mr Bennie, along with two other Hawke's Bay firefighters, is a member of both the Tamatea Rural Fire Force and the Waipukurau Volunteer Brigade.

He flew out first thing this morning, and is expected to spend 5 days helping with the effort.

Waipukurau Deputy Fire Chief Glen Millar said the number from Hawke's Bay sent to help is only small at this point due to the current fire risk in the region.

He said the bulk of outside help is coming from regions such as Taranaki.

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The scheduled meet at Meeanee Speedway this weekend has been cancelled.

The next meeting is on Saturday the 23rd of February.