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Entries for the 2019 Ballance Farm Environment Awards are now open.

National Judging Co-ordinator for the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, Andrea Hanna, says all farmers and growers, including orchardists, vegetable growers and viticulturists, are eligible to enter.

She says each entrant is visited by a small group of rural professionals who identify opportunities to improve the financial and environmental sustainability of the farm business.

Ms Hanna says the Awards are not just targeted at top farmers – as they are an important opportunity to grow and learn from others.

She says many past entrants say their involvement has helped their personal development because they get to meet and be inspired by a range of like-minded people.

Entry details are on the website www.bfea.org.nz.


The newest addition to the Hawke's Bay Police dog section has a new name.

Recently Eastern District Police posted a photo of the un-named puppy on their Facebook page, and said school kids may be given a chance to name him.

Late last week a further Facebook post said the wonderful kids from Otane School gave Police their favourite names, and they chose Ringo.


Central Hawke's Bay District Council staff member, Gina McGrath, has won a place at an upcoming summit run by the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers.

Gina was one of two recipients who will attend the organisation's annual summit next month in Queenstown.

In order to be considered, entrants had to submit a 100-word statement outlining their interest in how Māori can participate in, and contribute to, the development of their community, district, city or region.

Gina said Council has an important role, particularly in a small community, to champion change and understanding on how to support the use of Te Reo Māori.

She was appointed Councils' Customer Service Lead following a restructure earlier this year.