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A 24 year old man is to appear in the Waipukurau District Court next week on an assault charge after a Central Rugby & Sports player was left with concussion following a rugby game in June.

It is alleged the Napier Tech player struck the Central player from behind during the game.

The victim was stood down from playing for five weeks after being diagnosed with concussion.


New footpaths in parts of Central Hawke’s Bay will make travel by foot safer and easier for children and residents.

Last year the New Zealand Transport Agency granted funding assistance for footpaths nationwide, with CHB receiving funding to cover 60% of the cost of each footpath.

Otane is the first to benefit from the new funding mechanism, with new footpaths which now run along both Higginson Street and Dee Street.

Some footpaths in Waipawa and Waipukurau are programmed for later this year, with other areas including Takapau and Tikokino scheduled for next year.

CHBDC Chief Executive, Monique Davidson said providing safer walkways and footpaths for our communities is a key priority.


Entries are now open for the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The Awards, which are managed by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, promote sustainable farming and growing.

Those entering are invited to showcase, benchmark, and improve their operations with feedback and recommendations given by a number of professionals.

Those wishing to enter, or find out more about the process, can do so by visiting the website www.nzfeatrust.org.nz. Entries are open until Thursday 31st of October.

A number of winners have come from CHB over the years - Steve Wyn-Harris in 2011, James Hunter 2012, Terry Walters and Smedley Station in 2013, the Ormonds in 2015, and BEL Group's Parkhill winning last year.