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Local News - Thursday 14th June 2018

The Waipukurau Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to the Age Concern building on Porangahau Road on Tuesday afternoon after water got in behind the power meter box.

Senior Station Officer Peter Keenan said the water created a bit of smoke, and the occupiers switched off the mains.

He said a neighbouring electrician came and checked things over, so there was not much required from the brigade.

Mr Keenan said it was the only fire call despite the weather on Tuesday.

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The regions residents are being asked to stay away from rivers as the clean-up gets underway after this week’s severe weather.

Authorities say all of the major rivers across Hawke’s Bay hit 5-year levels, with some in northern parts hitting 15-year levels.

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller Ian MacDonald said while the region's rivers have, or are beginning to, return to normal levels the public are urged to stay away for the next few days.

He said many rivers and streams are still flowing fast, and there is still a lot of debris around.

Mr MacDonald said this week’s storm was an interesting event as it is the first time in a number of years where all the major rivers from Wairoa to the Tukituki reached at least 5-year levels.

Meanwhile all Parks in Central Hawke’s Bay are closed due to the rain.

They will remain closed until further notice, and clubs that have booked the parks being contacted by contractor, Higgins.

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Meanwhile the Central Hawke's Bay District Council expects the vast majority of roads that were affected by the weather to be open by late tomorrow.

As at this morning eight roads were still listed on the Council website as being closed.

Communications Officer, Ethna Renner, said Abbotsford Road in Waipawa, which is blocked by a fallen tree, is likely to be closed until early next week.

She said residents can check the Council website and Facebook page for updated information.

And Mrs Renner asked anyone still experiencing wastewater issues to let Council know.

In Tararua three roads are still listed as closed, including Route 52 which is closed due to a large slip between Weber and Waione.

Four roads are also down to a single lane due to slips.

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Hawke's Bay is rolling out the green carpet for the first time at this year's New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays.

The Fieldays visit is part of a new initiative to raise the profile of the region, and focus on agribusiness attraction & relocation, as well as investment.

Business Hawke's Bay Chief Executive Carolyn Neville says that a team fact-finding trip to last year’s Fieldays highlighted the opportunity to promote the region as a whole as an agribusiness destination.

All councils, together with the Napier Port and Business Hawke’s Bay have united under the 'Think Hawke's Bay, Great Things Grow Here', with a stand in the main pavilion at Fieldays.

The stand will provide information about the region, and the opportunities and support available for agribusinesses.

The Fieldays got underway at Mystery Creek yesterday, and run until Saturday.

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A Tararua shearer has won a title in England.

Tegwyn Bradley, from Woodville, took out a five-man Royal Cornwall
Senior final at Launceston.

The double Golden Shears champ shore 10 suffolk and mule hoggets at a
rate of under 55 seconds each, and claimed the best points in
shearing-board judging.

He beat the runner-up by only 0.3 points.

This is Bradley’s second season in Britain.