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Fonterra is assisting the Tararua District Council with a critical water shortage in Woodville.

Yesterday the Council asked residents to urgently conserve water due to a failure at the Woodville water treatment plant.

Chief Executive Blair King said it was urgent that residents take immediate action to conserve water.

King said the total hosing ban was effective immediately, and until further notice.

He said Council is working with Fonterra to transport treated water from Dannevirke directly to the Woodville
reservoir in an effort to reduce the impact on the town.


Fire and Emergency New Zealand is calling on people to join one of initial seven Local Advisory Committees.

FENZ Board Chair, Paul Swain, says the committess will help make New Zealand communities more resilient in an emergency.

Hawke's Bay is one of the initial seven committees.

Mr Swain says they are looking for people who can reflect the views and concerns of diverse community groups within their local area.

He says the committees will play a key part in building safer and more resilient communities, and will help communities identify risks, be better prepared for emergencies, and be better able to respond to and recover well when they happen.

Each committee will have between five to eight members, including a Chair and Deputy Chair.

More information about the Local Advisory Committees and the nomination process can be found on the Fire and Emergency NZ website.


Waipawa's Kingfisher Gifts store will hold its annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House today.

As in previous years, 20% of all Christmas sales today will be donated by Kingfisher to Ronald McDonald House.

Father Christmas will once again be in store today from 2.30 - 6pm, with a number of raffles to purchase to go towards the fundraiser.