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Fire crews will remain at the site of a fire near Porangahau for the next couple of days to dampen down any hotspots.

Fire and Emergency NZ were first called to the 20 hectare block on Wimbledon Road just after 8 o'clock on Monday night.

Firefighters worked to contain the fire that night, and monitored it overnight, before crews and a helicopter began dousing the blaze again yesterday morning.

A FENZ spokesperson said the fire was not at risk of spreading to any neighbouring properties.


Tararua's Mayor and Councillors will today begin a series of high-teas to celebrate the districts 30th anniversary.

In all, seven high-teas will be held in each town in the district.

Today the events will be held at the Pongaroa Community Hall from 10-11am, followed by the Herbertville Hall from 2-3pm.

Tomorrow the high-teas will be held in Woodville, Norsewood and Dannevirke; followed by Eketahuna and Pahiatua on Friday.


Central Hawke's Bay has a new Police Youth Aid Officer and Family Harm Co-ordinator.

Constable Hannah Brockbank-Smith has been appointed to the position left vacant by Scott Webster earlier this year.

Hannah, who grew up in CHB, has been working out of the Hastings Police Station since graduating two years ago.

She started her new position last week.