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Local News - Thursday 7th June 2018

Former Central Hawke's Bay resident, Tyler Ritchie, has placed second in a coffee roasting competition in China.

The 26 year old, from Otane, but now living in Sydney, recently competed at the Innovation in Origin coffee competition in Nanjin, China.

She placed second out of the 36 competitors.

Her trip to China came after finishing seventh at the Australian Roasting Competition earlier this year.

After starting at The Paper Mulberry Cafe at Pukehou during her teens, Tyler has worked at a number of cafes over the years.


Three trees will be planted in Otane today to replace ones that were removed from near the Otane Town Hall.

Last month, the trees by the Hall were removed by the Central Hawke's Bay District Council due to health and safety risks.

The Council said an independent assessment showed the trees were rotting from the inside and were at risk of coming down - with the possibility of harming people and property.

The Council engaged with the local community to discuss opportunities for replanting, and a community meeting saw those present confirm they would like to see new trees planted.

Three native trees will be planted - a Tōtara, Miro and a Kōwhai tree of late flowering variety.

The replanting, involving Otane Primary School, will take place at 9.30 this morning.


Tararua District Librarian Heather Taylor has received an award at this year’s Public Libraries of New Zealand National Forum.

Heather, who will celebrate 10 years as a Tararua District Librarian in August, was one of six recipients from throughout New Zealand, who were awarded a certificate of appreciation for Outstanding Service to Public Libraries.