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THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2020

A bovine TB outbreak in Hawke's Bay is being managed by OSPRI.

OSPRI, which manages the national TBfree programme, has expanded its regional office in Napier to lead a response and will control stock movements in the vicinity to prevent any spread of disease.

The infected herds have been detected near the Napier-Taupo Road, with
29 animals having the disease detected since April last year.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said the situation was disappointing but the reality is TB has been in New Zealand since the 1950s.

Mr O'Connor said he had met with OSPRI earlier this week to ensure they have a proper process in place and that they have sufficient resource to manage their response, do on farm testing and support affected farmers and the wider community.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has commenced informal hearings on its draft District Plan.

The draft was released for public consultation mid last year to aid in producing a more robust version, prior to it being presented to full Council for approval to move to the next stage.

The current District Plan is nearly 20 years old.

Mayor Alex Walker says our community and the challenges we face have understandably changed significantly over the past 20 years.

She says the District Plan needs to reflect this to ensure we balance economic and residential growth, with protecting Central Hawke’s Bay’s natural environment.

The informal hearings, taking place over eight days this month, will see the committe hearing the submissions make recommendations to Council before it is re-released as a Proposed District Plan.

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Central Hawke's Bay's Shane Bouskill has been named as a finalist in the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year.

The fencer is one of three in line for the award, which Bouskill won last year following his 2018 win at the Golden Pliers final held at the National Fieldays.

The awards will be presented on March 13th in Palmerston North.