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Rāmere 14 Mahuru 2018

Tama Bucknell is the latest recipient of the Central Hawke’s Bay Civic Award.

A special ceremony was held on Wednesday night at the CHB Municipal Theatre, where Mayor Alex Walker presented Mr Bucknell with the award acknowledging his many years of dedicated youth development work.

A trained teacher, Mr Bucknell was instrumental in setting up the St Andrews Charitable Youth Trust, otherwise known as Epic Ministries, in 2004.

Epic Ministries resources, develops and facilitates a range of programmes and initiatives where CHB youth are valued, challenged, equipped and grown in leadership roles – all in a culture of belonging.

The Central Hawke’s Bay Civic Award was first presented in 1991.


CHB Police are asking the public to contact them with information after a car was broken into in Waipukurau on Tuesday night.

Senior Constable Glynn Sharp said a man visiting from Australia was staying with family at a Reservoir Rd address, and had his rental car broken in to.

The man’s wallet, passport, laptop computer and work related documents were stolen.

Mr Sharp said the car was parked down a private driveway beside the house.

Anyone with any knowledge of the offender or who may have found any documents, which may have been dumped, is asked to contact Police.


A man who was seriously assaulted in Waipukurau earlier this week is recovering well from his injuries.

Police were called to an incident about midday on Tuesday.

Senior Constable Glynn Sharp said during the incident, Police deployed a Taser during the arrest of the 21 year old alleged offender.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in the Hastings District Court later this month.

The victim, a 51 year old man, spent the night at Hawke’s Bay Hospital with injuries that were described as “non-life threatening”.

Three events for The Spring Fling this weekend have been cancelled.

The Long Lunch at River Park Event Centre, and the marae overnight experience and weaving demonstration and classes at Porangahau will now not go ahead.