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The Hawke's Bay Magpies kicked off their Mitre 10 Cup season with a
31-13 win over the Manawatu Turbos yesterday.

Weather conditions were described as atrocious for the game in Palmerston North as the Magpies ran in five tries to Manawatu's one.

Magpies captain Ash Dixon was named player of the match, with Hawke's Bay also retaining the Kel Tremain Shield played for between both sides.


Dannevirke's Paddy Driver has been elected president of the Wairarapa Hawke's Bay East Coast District of the RSA.

Mr Driver, who has been involved with the RSA for over 40 years, steps up from the vice-presidents role he held last year.

The new vice-president is Janet Castell, who is with the Waipukurau and Districts RSA.


Otane will play Hastings High School Old Girls in the semi-finals of the Hawke's Bay Super 8 Netball competition this week.

The Thirsty Whale sponsored side finished top of the table following the round-robin following a win over All In Elusive, 63-41, last Friday.

Meanwhile the Vet Services CHB side will play Outkast in the playoff for 5th and 6th on Friday night.


Central Hawke's Bay Mayor Alex Walker joined the regions other leaders and met with the head of EIT and the chair of the EIT Council last week.

The meeting was organised following an announcement from the Education Minister that the country's 16 polytechnics and institues of technology will be merged into one.

The regional leaders say while they are very pleased EIT will be able to hold on to its strong financial reserves for the benefit of people in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti, there are still a number of concerns that need addressing.

There are concerns over the potential loss of control and the inability to be flexible to meet local educational needs.

The group say as a region, education needs to remain affordable and accessible to all of our community and that satellite polytech sites in smaller areas are not diminished.