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Tararua farmer Mel Poulton has been appointed New Zealand's Special Agriculture Trade Envoy.
The Government announced Mrs Poulton's appointment earlier this week.
The position supports key Government objectives, including raising the value of New Zealand agricultural goods and services.
Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said Poulton was well placed to tell New Zealand's agriculture environmental stewardship story to the world.
She replaces Mike Petersen, who has held the role since 2013.
Minister for Trade, Export & Growth, David Parker, said Mike has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand's trade interests, including developing an enduring network of industry relationships.
Voter numbers in Central Hawke's Bay and Tararua are still back on previous years.
With voting papers needing to be back in by midday this Saturday, CHB is sitting at a return rate of 40.97% - back from the 48.14% at the same time last elections.
Tararua is sitting at 40.84% of voting papers returned, down from 44.52% at the same time in 2016.
Anyone still to cast their vote is advised to drop their papers into ballot boxes at Council offices or some libraries.
The Centralines CHB Wakely Shield team faced their toughest game at the annual tournament yesterday when they came up against favourites, Napier West.
Despite going down 50-0, coach Josh Pere said he was very proud of how his team played.
Today they will Saracens at 2pm.
Other games today see the two Napier sides face each other at 12.45pm, with the two Hastings sides at 3.1