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A man was flown to Hawke's Bay Hospital yesterday after a 600kg hay bale landed on top of him.

The man had been lifting hay bales with the fork of a tractor when one of them landed on him, causing injuries to his upper body.

The incident happened on a farm south of Hastings just after 3pm.

Along with the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter, two fire engines and St John's Paramedics were called to the scene.


Poland's head of state will visit Tararua later this month.

President Andrzej Duda will meet refugees who sought safety in Pahiatua during World War II.

The Government set up the Pahiatua Polish Children's Camp to home people forcibly deported from their homes by Soviet authorities.

733 children and 102 caregivers lived there.

The Polish President's visit comes as a new partnership agreement is to be signed which will see Pahīatua become a twin with a town in eastern Poland.


A number of Central Hawke's Bay Rugby & Sport Club players have made the Hawke's Bay Magpies and Hawke's Bay Saracens squads.

The teams were named yesterday with Pasqualle Dunn and Tom Parsons part of the 35-strong Magpies squad.

Brodie Retallick was also named, but international duties will mean he is unlikely to turn out.

The Magpies first game in the Mitre 10 Cup is on Sunday August 19th against Southland in Invercargill.

Meanwhile the Saracens side includes locals Tomo Fogarty, Marcus Jackson and Tim Sciascia.