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MONDAY 11 MARCH 2019

A Central Hawke's Bay couple were the successful bidders at an auction on Saturday, which will see the profit go to cancer charity, Look Good Feel Better.

Architectural design company, Architecture & Interiors, converted a 40ft shipping container into a tiny home, with many Hawke's Bay businesses chipping in to help with the conversion in the aid of charity.

It was hoped the tiny home would sell for above $90,000 - and it did just that, going for $117,500 to the CHB couple.

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Groundwater levels across the region were higher than usual last month thanks to significant rainfall events in December, January and February.

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council in its monthly climate briefing said the rainfall events meant less water was used for irrigation.

Soil moisture levels around the region were well above normal for most of summer, but are now close to expected levels for the time of year.

Regional Council Hydrologist, Rob Waldron, said river flows across the region have been mostly below or close to normal during February.

He said the rivers respond more quickly to dry or wet periods than groundwater.

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The future of Central Hawke's Bay Promotions is up for discussion tonight at the organisations Annual General Meeting.

The organisation is responsible for running the CHB Visitor Information Centre under contract to the Central Hawke's Bay District Council.

The Council, which is reviewing its visitor strategy, has given notice that the contract won't be renewed later this year, but has agreed to take on the Information Centre staff and CHB Promotions lease on the old Waipukurau Railway Station building if need be.

Promotions members will be presented with options including winding-up the organisation, going into recess, or continuing to function.

The AGM is being held at the Waipukurau Club from 6pm.