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New phone app to streamline payments for Napier car parks

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The sight of Napier City Council parking warden Joe Tolentino might not be so worrying now that people canuse a new app on their phones to not only find a car park in Napier, but also pay for it and receive alerts as to how long they have been parked for. Supplied.

Napier residents and visitors can now put away their wallets and instead use their mobile phones to pay for parking.

Read more: New phone app to streamline payments for Napier car parks

Severe gale warning in place for areas south of Napier overnight

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MetService has issued a severe weather warning for gale force winds in parts of Hawke's Bay.

The weather forecaster says as a strong, unstable westerly flow covers the North Island, westerly gales are expected to begin overnight and continue during Friday.

It issued a warning at 8.46pm on Thursday night that west to northwest gales in exposed places in eastern areas south of Napier are expected to become severe, with gusts of 120km/h or more possibleuntil early Friday afternoon.

MetService says winds of that strength may damage trees, powerlines, and unsecured structures, and also cause hazardous driving conditions, particularly for high-sided vehicles and motorbikes.


Govt. plan for Hawke's Bay glosses over dam risks: Greenpeace

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Finalising an investment partner is one of the few remaining hurdles to the proposed $330million Ruataniwha Dam going ahead in Central Hawke's Bay.

Hawke’s Bay's new economic prosperity plan launched by the Government on Wednesday ignores the "environmental fallout" of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam and the fact taxpayers will be burdened with the cost of building it, says Greenpeace.

Read more: Govt. plan for Hawke's Bay glosses over dam risks: Greenpeace

Two Hawke's Bay acts through to next stage of Smokefreerockquest

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Napier singer-songwriter Mia Sohnge has been selected in the top 10 solo-duo acts vying to make the national Smokefreerockquest final. Havelock North high band Headlock are also in the top 20 bands. Supplied.

Dreams of music success are now a little closer to reality for two Hawke's Bay acts, who are among the top 30 to be chosen to go through to the next stage in judging for the national 2016 Smokefreerockquest final.

Read more: Two Hawke's Bay acts through to next stage of Smokefreerockquest

Invasive aquatic weed successfully removed from Hawke's Bay lakes

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As it grows, Hydrilla verticillata becomes very dense and crowds out native aquatic plants, restricts light, and depletes oxygen. Supplied.

A survey has revealed "great progress" has been made in removing Hydrilla verticillata, a highly invasive aquatic weed, from the Tutira, Waikōpiro and Opouahi lakes in Hawke’s Bay.

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Hastings bar robberies to be featured on TV crime show tonight

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An image of one of the suspects wanted for the robbery of Hastings bar, Zabeels, on June 7, which will feature on Police Ten 7 tonight at 7.30pm on Thursday, July 28. Supplied.

Hawke's Bay police are urging locals to tune into their televisions tonight to help solve two recent robberies involving Hastings bars.

Read more: Hastings bar robberies to be featured on TV crime show tonight

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