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Contractors for the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will continue to work on an issue with the Takapau Water supply this morning.

A water main break in the network yesterday afternoon saw some fluctuation in water pressure and water discolouration.

The Council assured residents that even if water was discoloured it had been treated and was safe.

Contractors were continuing to flush the network overnight, and will continue to do so this morning.

Council asks anyone experiencing water discolouration issues, to call them or message via their Facebook page.


Central Hawke’s Bay’s arts and culture sector is to benefit from an increase in funding from the Creative Communities Scheme.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has upped the amount available this year to $23,490 – an increase of nearly $10,000.

There will be two rounds of applications, each offering $11,745 for local arts projects and activities, with the first round open now until the 30th of August. The second round will follow in February next year.

Last year, nearly $15,000 was allocated to support the likes of the Collaborative Christmas tree project, an initiative run by Waipukurau arts and crafts to showcase the works of CHB’s crafts community; the Matariki Festival; the Nelly Jull Summer Series; and the production of Mamma Mia.

Full details are available from the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is asking those working on production land to spray responsibly for the upcoming season.

Council spokesperson Liz Lambert says Council know agrichemical use is essential on farms, orchards and vineyards, and to manage lifestyle blocks.

She says Council simply ask farmers and horticulturalists to use chemicals safely to protect the health of everyone around them and the environment.


Te Taitimu Trust is holding a Whanau Wellbeing Summit in Central Hawke’s Bay today.

Spokesperson Zac Makoare, who setup the Trust in 2007 following the death of his son from suicide seven years beforehand, says they are looking to get a number of outcomes from today’s summit.

Guest speakers will include Professor Sir Mason Durie, Professor David Tipene-Leach and Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker.

The day will conclude with a number of workshops on topics such as heritage, the natural environment, and on resilient youth.

The event, being held at the Civic Theatre in Waipukurau, is free to attend, and runs from 9am – 3.30pm today.