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New Zealand Apples & Pears says it is working closely with the Ministry of Social Development on a labour shortage in the region.

MSD declared a seasonal labour shortage for Hawke's Bay earlier this week, the first time since 2010.

NZ Apple & Pears Chief Executive Alan Pollard says the industry supports the declaration, with a major recruitment drive across the region providing only modest numbers of workers who have been immediately placed into suitable work.

He says Hawke’s Bay apple and pear industry is at full capacity harvesting this year’s crop.

Hawke’s Bay Season Labour Group Chair Gary Jones says the strong regional economy, and low unemployment, means the industry is competing for workers.

He says the declaration will now enable the industry to access as many available seasonal workers as possible to help harvest fruit crops.


Heavy rain last week has seen nearly all water restrictions in Central Hawke's Bay and Tararua lifted.

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council lifted restrictions in Waipukurau, Waipawa, Otane, Takapau, Kairakau, Porangahau and Te Paerahi.

In Tararua, the Tararua District Council lifted restrictions in the townships of Dannevirke, Pahiatua, Woodville, Eketahuna and Norsewood.

A total hosing ban will remain in place at Akitio until the end of this month.


A reminder that registrations are now being taken for The Little Easy Cycle Ride on Good Friday.

The Little Easy costs $15 for adults and $10 for children, with those registering early receiving a t-shirt.

There is also a brand new bike up for grabs.

Registrations are being taken on the website www.thebigeasy.co.nz.