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The enhancement of a wetland near the Takapau township was formally opened last week.

The wetland is on Hilldale Farm owned by David and Gladys Hunt on the Takapau-Ormondville Road, with the enhancement helped by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council's ‘hot spot’ funding.

The opening was attended by Regional Councillor Debbie Hewitt, along with CHB Mayor Alex Walker and district councillors.

The Regional Council developed a plan for the enhancement planting, and about 4,000 plants were planted by the a contractor team and by the Hunt family themselves.


Central Hawke's Bay District Libraries have gone 3D.

New 3D printers have arrived at both the Waipukurau and Waipawa Libraries, with their arrival already generating considerable interest in the community.

Libaries spokesperson John McConville said the most common reaction is excitement from the community, and a sense of great pride that Central Hawke’s Bay is able to offer technology often only available in larger centres.

In recent months both libraries have also led out a range of other technology offerings, including ‘stepping up’ free computer training classes, robotics classes, and introduced free internet into homes with children under 18 through Spark Jump.

CHB District Council spokesman Doug Tate said the increase in the range of offerings reflects an approach to further increase the libraries relevance to all in our community.


A fundraising breakfast for the Cancer Society is being held in Waipukurau tomorrow.

Hosted by Helloworld Waipukurau, the breakfast will be held at the Civic Theatre from 7.30am.

Hawke's Bay Cancer Society general manager, Trudy Kirk, will speak at the event, and local businesses have donated prizes which will be drawn during the 'Just Us Girls' breakfast.

Those going along are asked to take some gold coins for the cause.


Diversions were in place on Route 52 yesterday after an agricultural truck rolled on Wimbledon Rd.

The diversions were in place from the Wimbledon Porangahau Road from the Wimbledon Hotel.

No one was injured as a result of the accident.

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