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THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2019

A quad bike accident on a farm at Ashley Clinton on Monday saw a woman flown to Hawke's Bay Hospital.

The Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter took a St John Intensive Care Paramedic to the scene to help stabilise the patient, who also needed additional pain relief.

The woman is said to have suffered a serious injury from the crash.

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The organisation planning a rehabilitation programme in Otane heard loud and clear a message from local residents over a lack of consultation at a packed public meeting this week.

The meeting was called following criticism of Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga's plans to run the programme on behalf of the Department of Corrections at Te Waireka.

Initially four or five women will stay at Te Waireka for six months, with plans for up to 12 at a time.

They will be under supervision 24 hours a day, and learn skills such as budgeting, cooking, fitness and job skills.

Taiwhenua CEO George Reedy apologised for the lack of early consultation.

He said a formal announcement could not be made until the contract had been signed with Corrections, which was only 10 days prior.