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MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2019

Central Hawke's Bay brought home the Life Members Salver following this years Ross Shield tournament.

The final games were played on Saturday, with CHB playing hosts Wairoa, with the game ending in a 17-all draw.

This gave CHB the Salver for the best of the three country teams, with both sides sharing the Tino Amato Trophy this year.

Jahmaige Reti-Young from Central was named in the Hawke's Bay Ross Shield squad to play two upcoming games.

Hastings West retained the Ross Shield; Hastings East was second; last years joint winners Napier were third; CHB fourth; Dannevirke fifth; and Wairoa were sixth.

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The Wakely Shield Rugby tournament kicks off today.

The opening ceremony will be at 11 o'clock this morning, with the first game between Hastings East and Napier East at 12.45.

CHB play Hastings West at 2pm, with Napier West playing Saracens at 3.15.

All games are at Tareha Reserve in Taradale.

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Voter returns in Central Hawke's Bay are the lowest in a decade.

As of last Friday, only 27.78% of the district had voted.

The figures are a dramatic drop from the previous three election periods which recorded a voter turnout of 37.96% in 2016, 35.03% in 2013, and 35% in 2010 over the same period.

Central Hawke's Bay District Council Chief Executive Monique Davidson said historically a surge in voter participation would have been recorded by now.

She said the slow response rate is concerning as we need our communities to fully engage and have a say on the future of their council and district, and its growth over the coming three years.

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Meanwhile today is the last day for voters to return their voting papers by post.

Voting papers need to be with returning officers by midday this Saturday, and anyone who doesn't post theirs today, will have to drop them in to ballot boxes at the Waipukurau Library or at any Council office.

Anyone who has not received a voting pack can cast a special vote at a Council office.