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TUESDAY 13 MARCH 2018

Local police are advising those who own holiday homes to secure or take with them any valuable items at the end of the holiday season.

An unoccupied holiday home at Shoal Bay was broken into sometime in February with a water pressure pump, microwave oven and electric jug taken.

Senior Constable Glynn Sharp said such homes will once again become targets for burglars as winter draws nearer.

He says bach owners should not leave items such as outboard motors, chainsaws and generators unsecured.

Mr Sharp recommends any valuable items be locked in a secure lock-up, rather than a bach garage, or for owners to take the items with them.

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The Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage across Hawke’s Bay.

East Coast Regional Commissioner Annie Aranui says the declaration is for the 12 March until 6 April 2018 and follows discussions with leaders from the pipfruit sector and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Forecasts expect that the peak harvest season for the Hawke’s Bay pipfruit sector will be short and sharp and expected to last 21 days.

It is forecast that 14 million cartons of apples will be packed this year in the Hawke's Bay - an additional 1.3 million cartons compared to last year.

Mrs Aranui says MSD will continue to support jobseekers still facing unemployment to enter the horticulture industry by providing work brokerage support, training and upskilling opportunities.

The last labour shortage declaration for the region was made in 2010 when the unemployment rate was at 6.4 percent.

The current rate is 5.6 percent.