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Local News - Thursday 10th May 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a public health warning against collecting shellfish along parts of the Hawke's Bay coastline following paralytic shellfish toxins being detected at levels of concern.

Routine testing on shellfish samples have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI.

Anyone eating shellfish from the affected area is potentially at risk of illness.

The area affected is from Cape Kidnappers to the north end of Māhanga Beach near Māhia.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes and kina shellfish should not be eaten, and officials say cooking the shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Pāua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking.

Full details are available on the MPI website.


Help is wanted today as concrete is poured on a new helicopter pad at Porangahau.

Earlier this year, after consultation with the management of the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter, the CHB District Council and local emergency services, a plan was adopted to construct a fenced heli-pad at White Domain.

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter attended 8 emergencies in the Porangahau area over the summer holiday period, and the landing area is to make transfers more efficient, safer and comfortable for patients and emergency crew.

A huge volunteer effort from the Porangahau community has helped construct the pad, which is now in its final stages, with concrete arriving at nine o'clock this morning.

Anyone that is able to lend a hand to help Paul Cameron and his team lay the concrete, would be welcomed.


Police are looking for the offenders who made off with clothing items from Waipukurau shop, Fishing and Shooting CHB earlier this week.

A white car, which is understood to have been stolen, pulled into the carpark outside the shop around 4.30 on Tuesday afternoon.

CCTV footage which has been shared on Facebook shows a young woman hop out of the back of the car, make her way into the shop, and run out only minutes later with an arm load of clothing.

A number of commenters on the Facebook post claim to have identified the woman, and others have said she was seen in other shops and businesses on the same day.

Anyone with information on the theft or who saw the white Nissan Bluebird is asked to contact Police.