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Wednesday 16th May 2018

A number of road signs in the Tararua District have been damaged since the opening of the duck hunting season.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Tararua District Council says part of living well in Tararua includes the vast outdoor recreation opportunities, including duck shooting at this time of year.

A picture of a road sign riddled with bullet holes was included as part of the post, and the Council says that particular sign is damaged far beyond repair.

The sign was used to warn motorists of a narrow bridge on Mangaroa Road near Eketahuna, and isn't the only one that has been shot at since the opening weekend of duck hunting.

The Council is asking people to not put motorists at risk and waste ratepayer’s money, and says the district has a good number of clay target clubs if the ducks are scarce.

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Maintenance work on trees in Waipukurau's main street will be undertaken this week.

There has been much debate about what to do with the trees after retailers last year raised a number of concerns including trees blocking shop signage, leaf-fall blocking gutters and roots damaging footpaths.

A survey among retailers earlier this year identified that the majority of retailers would like to see the trees removed and replaced.

During the survey, retailers also suggested a number of new initiatives and concepts to reinvigorate Waipukurau’s town centre.

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council says it has deferred any decision on the removal of the trees until the completion of the Community and Town Centre Planning programme, recently confirmed as part of Councils 2018 Long Term Plan.

Work is expected to take two days.

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Geological testing has begun on the proposed replacement route for the Manawatu Gorge.

The New Zealand Transport Agency announced in March its preferred route would go north of the Manawatū Gorge, but south of the Saddle Rd bypass.

Construction is expected to begin in 2020.

Two portable geotechnical rigs will take core samples from sites along the preferred route, with the samples enabling more detailed designs to be created.

The samples will be used to give information such as how stable the surface is for building on, unexpected rock material and how easy shallow rock would be to cut a channel through.

NZTA says the work is being done prior to resource consents being applied for, as it would make the process much simpler.