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Fire and Emergency New Zealand is encouraging people to check its website for information on how to protect themselves and land against potential wildfires.
FENZ says fires can and do start from the smallest spark - especially in rural and semi-rural areas during summer.
People living in such areas are advised to clear anything that could burn away from houses, and create safety zones to act as a barrier against fire.
The FENZ website provides advice on the likes of ploughing, mowing and grinding for those planning to work on the land, as well as details on whether fire permits are required.
Currently, rural areas of Central Hawke's Bay are in a restricted fire season, meaning a permit is required before an open-air fire can be lit.
Few tickets remain for the opening night of the Waipawa Musical & Dramatic Club's latest production, Jack & the Beanstalk.
The Sir Roger Hall play, which is directed by Lisa-Jane Easter, opens tonight at the CHB Municipal Theatre in Waipawa.
A cast of 40 - including 25 children - will take to the stage over the next four days.
Sir Roger has added a touch of Kiwi to the play, with local tweaks added to the script.
Rehearsals started in September, with night shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.
There are matinee performances on both Saturday and Sunday, which are both expected to be sellouts.
Tickets are available from eventfinda.co.nz or from the CHB Municipal Theatre.
The Tararua District Council will share in the latest round of funding announced for the Manawatu-Whanganui region from the Governments' Provincial Growth Fund.
Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, announced $772,000 of funding for the region this week.
The bulk - $380,000 - will go towards research into the wood processing sector.
Horizons Regional Council gets $200,000 to go towards developing an economic action plan.
The Tararua Council will receive $32,000 in capability funding support.