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Local young farmer Patrick Crawshaw picked up the 2018 People's Choice Award at the FMG Young Farmer Competition at the weekend.

Crawshaw was one of seven grand finalists, representing the East Coast.

Following the three days of competition, Crawshaw said he was stoked with his 4th place finish, the People's Choice and the AgMardt Agri Business Challenge win.

Meanwhile OngaOnga's Finn Beamish was part of the runner-up team in the TeenAg national finals in Invercargill last week, while Kumeroa School's Jorja Fountaine was named the AgriKidsNZ competitor of the year.


Entries are now open for the Hatuma Lime Half Marathon.

The event, which has been a highlight on the local sporting calendar for more than 30 years now, is being held on the 16th of September.

Online registrations opened yesterday, and will be taken right up until the 14th of September.

Organisers say the first 100 entries will receive a free 2018 Hatuma Lime Half Marathon t-shirt.

Details and registrations are on the website www.hatumahalfmarathon.co.nz.


The Waipukurau Rotary Club has presented the CHB District Community Trust with a cheque for $30,000 to help with the construction of the new multi-sport turf at Russell Park.

The money came from the sale of timber from the Rotary's clubs pine tree plantation, which was recently felled.

The turf is on track to open by November this year.