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Local News - Wednesday 5th June 2019

Heavy rain is on the way for Tararua today.

The Metservice has issued a heavy rain watch for the district, saying rainfall accumulation may approach warning criteria.

The heaviest falls are expected from 2pm today until 1am tomorrow.

Heavy rain is also expected at times in CHB today.

The Metservice advises people to keep up to date with the latest forecasts.

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The Spirited Women – all Women Adventure Race being held in Central Hawke's Bay next year sold out in record time yesterday.

Central Hawke's Bay Tourism Co-Ordinator, Molly Baldwin, says all 408 spaces were snapped up in under 8 minutes.

She says with the event at full capacity, Central Hawke's Bay will host more than 1,600 competitors, and several hundred other event crew, support crew, family and friends.

The race will see groups of four women trek, kayak and mountain bike their way around Central Hawke's Bay – some for up to 18 hours.

Molly Baldwin says demand is always high for spaces in the race, but this year was a record breaker for how fast entries sold.

She says it's exciting to sell out so fast, as Central Hawke's Bay is obviously a popular destination.

The Spirited Women race will be held in March next year.

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Sport Hawke’s Bay has become the first regional sports organisation to receive the nationally recognised Rainbow Tick certification for its work towards diversity and inclusion.

CEO Mark Aspden said the organisation has a vision to ensure everyone in the community has a life-long love of sport and physical activity.

He said maintaining a work environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all underpins Sport Hawke's Bays effort to encourage people from all walks of life to be more active, more often.

The certification acknowledges that the organisation provides a safe working environment for the Rainbow community.

Sport Hawke's Bay has created a new role of Inclusion Manager, which Mr Aspden said will be filled in the coming weeks.

The Rainbow Tick organisation was formed three years ago to lobby for LGBTTI rights in the workplace, and has already recognised numerous corporates for their inclusive policies along with the NZ Rugby Union.