Local News kindly sponsored by: DANNEVIRKE
Wednesday 9th August
Waipawa's Allison Ludlow is part of a national contingent sent to help fight bushfires in British Columbia.
Allison, who is a deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer, and four other Hawke's Bay firefighters flew out on Sunday.
In all 81 New Zealanders will work alongside counterparts from Canada, Australia and the United States for five weeks.
More than 1.2 million hectares has been destroyed by fire so far, with more than 100 fires burning out of control.
Entries are now being taken for the 2018 East Coast Balance Farm Environment Awards.
The Balance Farm Environment Awards recognises and celebrates good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management.
As well as the chance to win prizes and recognition, entrants also gain a valuable opportunity to benchmark against other farmers and receive independent feedback from agri-professionals.
Full details, including testimonials from previous entrants and entry forms, are available on the website www.bfea.org.nz 
Applications will close this Friday for the Central Hawke's Bay District Councils' Community Voluntary Organisation Support Fund.
$25,000 is available annually from the fund to community based organisations, with the scheme made up of two categories.
Category 1 has $10,000 for groups seeking funding for a new project or who have not received CVOS funding previously.
Category 2 provides $15,000 to existing community groups who provide ongoing community services to all of Central Hawke's Bay.
Application and criteria forms are available on the Central Hawke's Bay District Council website.
The Dannevirke Chamber of Commerce is holding its AGM this evening at the Tararua Business Network.
Starting at 5.15pm, the AGM is expected to take around 30 minutes.