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Thursday 11th April 2019

Fire & Emergency New Zealand has revoked the Restricted Fire Season status for rural areas of Central Hawke's Bay.

Principal Rural Fire Officer for Hawke's Bay, Trevor Mitchell, says an open fire season allows fires to be lit in the open air, without the need for a fire permit.

The open fire season status does not apply to Bay Forests Zones or land administered by the Department of Conservation.

Meanwhile a Restricted Fire Season is still in place for urban and rural areas of Tararua District.

Permits can be applied for by going to the website www.checkitsalright.nz or phoning 0800 658 628.

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Representatives from the Central Hawke's Bay District Council, Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand will be available to talk with locals today about housing needs in CHB.

Mayor Alex Walker says anyone and everyone with housing needs is invited to the Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea office between 10am & 2pm today.

She says they want to be able to help those who can't find a house to live in, those on a waiting list, those who have been given notice to leave their rental property, or those staying in a garage, shed or caravan.

Alex Walker says they would like to get a clear picture of the "hidden homeless" problem that WINZ, Housing NZ and other housing providers are unaware of.

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council yesterday adopted its Housing Strategic Framework, which seeks to bring a co-ordinated approach to work with Central Government and community organisations to address housing for those most in need over the next ten years.

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Registrations for next week's Little Easy event in CHB are rolling in.

Set to be held on Good Friday for the fifth time, the Little Easy will not only see a fun 12km ride, but the addition of an outdoor concert, local musicians, food trucks and lots of other Easter entertainment at Russell Park afterward.

CHB Tourism Co-ordinator Molly Baldwin says it's a great event for out of towners or locals with friends and family staying, looking for something to do at Easter weekend.

The ride follows the Tuki Tuki Trail from Russell Park, down to the Swing Bridge and back to Russell Park along the Waipawa side of the river.

This year two brand new bikes are up for grabs on the day, and all registered riders will get a Little Easy t-shirt.

Riders can register online at www.thebigeasy.co.nz, with registrations also open on the day.

Last year more than 200 riders took part.

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The westbound lane of the Saddle Road will be closed to traffic during the day today.

NZTA will close the lane between 8.30 this morning and 2.30 this afternoon to allow for pavement repairs to be undertaken.

During these times traffic will need to use the Pahiatua Track.