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Higgins Contracting will continue to operate the Central Hawke's Bay District Landfill.

A new contract was awarded to the company by the CHB District Council last week, and starts on December 1st this year, with a term of up to 11 years.

Higgins local manager, Dick Hurae, says the company is looking forward to working collaboratively with Council and it's recently appointed strategic contract partners.

Council recently awarded its contract for the kerbside collection and the operation of the district's transfer stations to Smart Environmental Ltd.


Local Police are following leads after power tools taken during a burglary at a Waipukurau home were found dumped in shrubbery at a local school.

A garage at a Francis Drake Street address was burgled on the night of Sunday September 30th, with the tools and other personal items contained in a satchel taken.

Meanwhile, on the same night a car was taken from outside the Leopard Hotel and later recovered in Wallace Road.

A number of items from inside the car were stolen.


The new officer in charge of Central Hawke's Bay Police is looking foward to her new role, and working with local Police staff.

Sergeant Mel Humphries was officially welcomed yesterday at a ceremony at the CHB Municipal Theatre that was attended by members of Mrs Humphries family, Police staff and members of community groups and organisations.

Eastern Police District Commander, Superintendent Tania Kura, said Mel would build on the work already done locally, but would also bring some new ideas.

Mel had been working in Wairoa for the past 18 months, and Inspector Sam Aberahama said during that time she built great relationships with the community, and was well respected by all.


The Centralines CHB Wakely Shield team had a 31-12 loss to Hastings West in the opening day of the tournament yesterday.

Today CHB plays Hastings East at 12.45pm, with a bye scheduled for tomorrow.

Games at Tareha Reserve in Taradale.