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Nearly $17,000 has been donated to the Palmerston North rescue helicopter from the organisers of the annual Coast to Coast motorcycle ride.

Around 350 motorcyclists took part in December's event, riding from Himatangi Beach to Akitio, via Woodville.

The Woodville Lions Club first held the event 27 years ago.

A cheque for $16,777 was handed over to the Rescue Helicopter Trust on Monday night.

Last year $15,000 was raised.


Fire and Emergency New Zealand says last weekends rain has not changed fire danger levels across the country.

Manager Rural Fire Tim Mitchell says given how dry conditions have been, the rain has not been enough to lower the wildfire risk to the point fire restrictions can be eased.

Currently Hawke's Bay and Tararua are in a Prohibited Fire Season or Total Fire Ban.

Mr Mitchell says there is still plenty of dead dry vegetation around, and after the rain stops, warm and windy conditions quickly dry the vegetation again meaning there is still a great deal of fuel for fires.

He says everyone should be careful as one spark is all it takes to start a fire.


24 Year 8 students were inducted into the CHB Schools Sports Academy on Monday night.

Co-ordinator Siu Swinburne from Takapau School says the year long academy will give students a very general introduction to sport, and to let them see a litle bit of what top athletes do.

She says students will learn leadership, respect, along with the importance of fitness and team building.

In all the students will attend 10 sessions throughout the year.

Paul Shanks from major sponsor Ruahine Motors presented the academy students with their shirts, and said his company believe and see the benefit the sporting academy has.

Mrs Swinburne thanked other sponsors New World Waipukurau, Aqua Management, Pressed for Time Drycleaners, Sport Hawke's Bay and Plus Rehab.