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Local News - Tuesday 4th June 2019

Local wool broker Phillpa Wright has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The chief executive of Wright Wool, she was one of seven Hawke's Bay people on the Queen's Birthday Honours List, announced yesterday.

As well as being a wool broker, Phillipa is an executive member of Campaign for Wool, a member of the NZ Wool Brokers Association and the International Wool Textile.

She said she feels incredibly grateful to be honoured.

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A neighbourly gesture will see Central Hawke’s Bay’s Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm expand in the coming months.

Smedley Station has purchased the property next door, allowing it to increase its cadet intake and expand farming operations.

Smedley Advisory Board Chair Pat Portas says the purchase has been made possible by vendors Stephen and Charlotte Wilson, who have owned and farmed the acquired property known as Parks Peak for more than 30 years.

He says the Wilson's see the benefit Smedley Station delivers for the wider agricultural industry and their decision to offer their land for purchase will impact many.

Tony Shea, Senior Trust Officer Rural Properties at Public Trust, which administers Smedley Station on behalf of the Crown, says the expansion is a win for New Zealand’s farming sector as a whole.

The deal will see Smedley Station expand by 532 hectares to just over
5,500 hectares.

Associate Minister of Justice, Hon Aupito William Sio who has responsibility for Public Trust, provided the consent for the purchase of the extra land.

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The Central Hawke's Bay District Council will hold the first community meetings and hui on its draft District Plan today.

The venue is the Waipukurau Club between 4 and 7pm.

On Thursday a hui will be held between 10am and 12pm at Rongomaraeroa Marae at Porangahau.