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"Absolutely devastating news" is how Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis has described the loss of nearly half the jobs at Dannevirke's RCR Energy plant.

The 49 staff employed at the boiler manufacturing plant were told this week that 20 jobs would need to be cut to keep the plant afloat.

Details of the redundancies would be announced next week.

It is understood the job cuts were related to RCR Energy's parent company in Australia being put into administration.

RCR Energy was previously known as Easteel, and was sold to RCR Tomlinson in 2005.


A male tourist who is alleged to have filmed an 11-year old child in a toilet cubicle at the McDonald's Restaurant in Dannevirke last week will appear in Court today.

The 20 year old was arrested after being confronted by a McDonald's staff member.

He is facing multiple charges of making an intimate visual recording, and will appear in the Dannevirke District Court.


Hawke's Bay Police Officer Constable Matt Donnithorne, along with his 21 month old dog Yunka, will graduate as an operational patrol team from the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre at Trentham today.

Matt, from Waipukurau, joined Police in 2009 after a career with the Royal NZ infantry Regiment.

He has worked in a variety of policing roles in Hawke’s Bay, and Yunka is his first dog.

Inspector Todd Southall says the calibre of the handlers and dogs graduating is down to the hard work and determination of the officers themselves.