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Black Caps cricketer Blair Tickner was named the Central Hawke's Bay Sportsperson of the Year on Friday night.

A sellout crowd was on hand for the annual awards ceremony at the AW Parsons Stadium.

26-year old Tickner, who was unable to be at the event, also won the Senior Male cateory.

Other winners from the night were Odette Oliver, who won the Administrator Award; Graeme Ward the Official category; the Waipukurau Tennis and Squash Club the Club of the Year; Ross Clayton the Masters category; with Anne-Marie Kupa named Coach of the Year.

CHB College Senior Premier Netball and CHB Premier Men's Cricket won the Junior and Senior teams categories respectively.

Trampolinist Lachie Kirk picked up the Emerging Talent Award; netballer Parris Petera the Junior Female Sportsperson; swimmer Bevan Jacobs, the Junior Male Sportsperson; with Emma Jensen winning the Senior Female category.

A number of people were also recognised for Service to Sport - Allen Forrest, Margaret Grover, Odette Oliver, Stuart Ashby and Wayne Marsh.

Cyclist Westley Gough was the latest inductee to the Sports Hall of Fame.


The confirmation that an adult and a child have measles has brought the number of cases in the region this year so far to eleven.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board confirmed the cases on Friday.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nicholas Jones, said known contacts of the adult have been identified and will be contacted by the DHB's Public Health team to provide advice and understand their immunity status.

Symptoms of measles include a fever of 38.5C or higher along with a runny nose, cough, sore red eyes, followed by a rash three to five days later which starts on the head and spreads down the body.