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Horizons Regional Council has authorised an 'emergency take' to the Tararua District Council for the Dannevirke water supply.

65 litres of water per second is currently being drawn from the Tamaki River, an amount which the District Council says is equal to the amount being used.

The emergency take provision is based on current river flows, and the Council says without significant rain, the limit could drop to as low as
45 litres per second.

Users are being asked to continue to reduce water usage in an attempt to avoid an escalation in water restrictions to emergency use only, which means water will only be able to be used for essential drinking, cooking and hygiene uses.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has appointed an independent chair to its Risk and Assurance Committee.

The decision was resolved by elected members at this months full meeting of Council, following a motion passed in November last year.

Neil Bain will join Councillor Tim Aitken, who is the committees Deputy Chair, Mayor Alex Walker, and Councillors Brent Muggeridge, Jerry Greer and Gerard Minehan.

Mayor Alex Walker says having an independent Chair is an important step for improving governance and transparency for Council.


Bay of Plenty team Nga Papaka o Rangataua won the Ian Baker Memorial Trophy at the annual Paladin Sports Hawke's Bay Rugby Sevens Tournament on Saturday.

It was the teams first attempt at the title, beating Havelock North
22-14 at Central Park.

The Colts grade was won by Tamatea, who beat Central in the final, 42-5.

Taradale won the women's title for the third year in a row with a 31-19 win over Hastings Rugby & Sport.

This year was the 37th time the competition has been held.

The condition of a teenage boy injured after jumping from a bus in Waipawa on Friday afternoon has improved.

The teen was initially taken to hospital with serious injuries, but is now reported to be in a stable condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital.