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TUESDAY 12 MARCH 2019

An ocean glider has begun collecting data on the health of the sea off Hawke Bay.

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council has engaged NIWA for the four week project which will collect data on temperature, salinity and oxygen levels in the Bay.

It will cover most of Hawke Bay and sample out to the 12 mile nautical limit.

Regional Council prinicipal scientist, Anna Madarasz-Smith says they want to better understand how the Bay works when it gets warmer and how algal blooms affect the water.

She says they are interested in the oxygen levels in the water, which have been shown to become depleted following algal blooms, and in the marine water temperatures, especially after January when our ocean waters were the highest both for the region and nationally.

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The Central Hawke's Bay District Council wants to hear from the Takapau Community over a proposed new bus service for the town.

Last year local residents were successful in getting InterCity Buses to agree to stop in the township once again, and even went to the Fair Go television programme.

The district council has proposed two bus stops - one each for northbound and southbound - on Sydney Street.

The locations were selected due to their proximity to toilets and a shelter.

The Council says there will also be a concrete hardstanding area at each of them to ensure passengers can easily enter and exit buses safely.

The Council is taking feedback on its website, or local residents can drop feedback forms into the Takapau Four Square store by Friday March 22nd.

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Over 55,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2019 Land Rover Horse of the Year event this year.

The 21st Horse of the Year gets underway today at the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds, culminating with the Olympic Cup on Sunday.

Work on preparing the venue took two weeks, with organisers catering for over 1800 horses and 1400 competitors.

Operations Manager Trish Webb says to get everything ready is massive logistically, with this year by far the biggest logistical build she's ever been involved with.

Top equestrians Tim & Jonelle Price, and Blyth Tait will all compete this year.

Full details and tickets are available on the website www.hoy.kiwi.