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Thirty workers at Dannevirke's RCR Energy plant are to be made redundant.

The plants Australian parent company, RCR Tomlinson, went into voluntary administration late last year.

McGrathNicol, who have been appointed administrstors for RCR in New Zealand, said although potential purchasers considered taking on the Dannevirke manufacturing operations, none of the bidders could justify purchasing the plant.

There was some hope last week when administrators announced the business had been sold as a going concern.

An E Tu Union spokesperson said the way the closure was handled was extremely poor.

The plant is due to close on the 2nd of April.


Central Hawke's Bay is experiencing significant tourism growth with recent visitor data showing a 15% increase in visitor spend over the last twelve months.

Visitor spend for the twelve months to January 2019 was $36.8 million.

Central Hawke's Bay Tourism Co-ordinator Anna Baldwin says the growth is a combination of revenue generated from visitors staying in Central Hawke's Bay accommodation as well as those stopping for petrol, lunch or to shop locally.

She says the result is fantastic, and we have a lot to be proud of here in Central Hawke's Bay, and people are really taking notice of that and wanting to come and experience the district for themselves.

Anna says local tourism operators, cafes and venues are reaping the rewards of a busy summer season, with many noting January exceeded expectations.


The revamped Waipawa Pool complex will officially open this afternoon.

A blessing will take place at 3.30pm, followed by official proceedings and then an afternoon of community fun including free ice-blocks, sausage sizzle and a change to take a dip in the new pools.

Jacob's Construction has spent many months on the $1.2 million pool complex.

It was hoped to have the pool open earlier, but delays with the new pool held up the construction process.


The second in the Ovation NZ Go Kidz Tri series is being held this weekend.

Sherwood School will host the event, which starts at 9.30am tomorrow.

Late registrations wll be taken from 8am tomorrow.

Over 80 children took part in the first race at Argyll East School two weeks ago, with the third and final event being held next weekend at Russell Park, hosted by Waipukurau School.