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Tuesday 14th November

A Restricted Fire Season has been declared for rural areas of Central Hawke's Bay.

Fire and Emergency NZ put the restricted fire season in place from 6am Saturday for all rural areas of CHB, Hastings, Napier and Wairoa.

A permit is required to light a fire in the open air in these areas.

Principal Rural Fire Officer for Hawke's Bay, Trevor Mitchell, said people should go to the website www.checkitsalright.nz or call 0800 658
628 to see if they need a permit, and to apply for a permit.

He said the residential and commercial areas of Waipukurau and Waipawa remain in an open fire season, but are still subject to Council rules.

Mr Mitchell said people should call 111 if they see a dangerous or unattended fire.

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Federated Farmers says the TPP agreement safeguards New Zealand's export sector.

National Vice-President, Andrew Hoggard, congratulated the new government for recognising the importance of free trade to New Zealand.

He said the CPTPP is a great outcome for not just the primary sector but all New Zealanders.

Mr Hoggard said trade deals like this ensure we are on an equal footing globally, and particularly with the likes of Australia and the European Union, while presenting us with immense opportunities as an exporting country, opening up the markets of Japan, Mexico, Peru and Canada.

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A call to Fire and Emergency NZ to the old Waipukurau Hospital site last week was a false alarm.

Appliances were called to the site just after 8.30am last Thursday.

Smoke was visible from a fire at the back of the derelict buildings, but Waipukurau Deputy Fire Chief Glen Millar said contractors at the site were burning off rubbish.