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Central Hawke’s Bay will contribute $100,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund.
$50,000 will come from the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, with the same amount from electricity lines company Centralines.
Yesterday it was announced the regions four mayors and the chair of the Regional Council would start the fund to help farmers through the drought emergency.
The fundraising effort will put a significant amount of money into a fund in which the Rural Advisory Group will be able to contribute to the cost of transport and logistics to get more feed on the ground.
Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker says it’s time our region stood up to help farmers as the drought now heads into winter.
She says wage subsidies and loans are helping support businesses across the country but there is very little financial support for farming.
Centralines Chair, Jon Nichols said that support for the initiative was unanimous from the Centralines management and board.
He says the company are incredibly proud to be supporting our farmers and will continue to look for more ways to contribute to the recovery of the community over the coming months.
The 2020 Forsyth Barr Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards will be a live online celebration due to Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

Sport Hawke’s Bay General Manager, Commercial and Marketing, Ryan Hambleton said the online presentation, to be held on Thursday May 28, provides the opportunity for more people to celebrate the performances and contributions from sport codes and local high achievers.

The Awards will be screened live on Facebook and You Tube and will be hosted by SKY Sport personality Laura McGoldrick.

Finalists will be announced live on Facebook and You Tube this Thursday.


An up and coming Kiwi-owned electricity retailer has connected its first customer in northern Tararua.
The company was founded in 2014, and the Tararua launch was part of a nationwide roll-out into the last areas of the country it was yet to reach.
Electric Kiwi chief executive Luke Blincoe said the company hooked up its first customer in the area this week, and was certain they would be the first of many.
The company has 55,000 customers on its books.