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$2m repair bill forces Napier's Greendale Swim Club pool to close $2m repair bill forces Napier's Greendale Swim Club pool to close

Come December, members of Napier's Greendale Swim Club will have to find a new home. Supplied. The Greendale pool complex at Taradale Primary School in Napier has been "deemed unsafe" and, at an estimated cost of $2million to repair, will close in December.

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

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  [ ... ]

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Hastings bar robberies to be featured on TV crime show tonightHastings bar robberies to be featured on TV crime show tonight

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.

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Invasive aquatic weed successfully removed from Hawke's Bay lakesInvasive aquatic weed successfully removed from Hawke's Bay lakes

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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Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have continued their good form in the UKHawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have continued their good form in the UK
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    Photo: Supplied Smith makes it eight in a row for NZ at Lakeland Shears Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have continued their good form in the UK by extending New Zealand’s run of successes in the Lakelands Shears Open final in England to eight wins in a row. Smith was first and Kirkpatrick second in the event early today (NZ time, Saturday UK  [ ... ]

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Hawke’s Bay apprentice floors the judges at national awardsHawke’s Bay apprentice floors the judges at national awards


Hawke’s Bay apprentice Jacob Paraha has taken home the top award at the national Flooring Apprentice Awards.

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Electrical safety warning issued to Pokémon Go players in Hawke's BayElectrical safety warning issued to Pokémon Go players in Hawke's Bay

Global phenomenon, Pokémon Go, has prompted Hawke's Bay lines company Unison to warn players to stay away from power lines, boxes, substations and electrical worksites when playing the new ‘augmented reality’ game.

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Napier's Pacifica restaurant takes out top regional Cuisine award for second straight year

  Jeremy Rameka, owner and chef at award-winning Napier resturant, Pacifica, was praised for his "artistry and passion" and awarded two hats at last night's Cuisine awards. (Photo: Pacifica Facebook) Napier restaurant Pacifica was named Best Regional Restaurant for the second straight year at last night's prestigious Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards in Auckland.

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Not over yet: Antarctic blast causes mass power outage, closes two highways in Hawke's Bay

The Napier-Taupo Rd is cut due to the heavy snow and could be impassable for some time, with even more snow forecast for tonight and into tomorrow. Photo: NZTA. Electricity has been restored after a two-hour region-wide blackout in Hawke's Bay on Saturday, but residents are being warned to expect further outages as the wild weather continues.

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Heavy snow and rain for Hawke's Bay, warns MetService

Metservice is warning of snowfalls of 40cm-50cm for inland parts of Hawke's Bay and snow drifts up to 1m, and up to 200mm of rain to fall along the coast by Sunday. Photo: MetService. MetService is warning of heavy snowfalls for inland parts of Hawke's Bay on Friday and Saturday and also heavy rain along the coast, from tonight through to Sunday.

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Hawke's Bay's Maddison Trophy club rugby semi-finals finalisedHawke's Bay's Maddison Trophy club rugby semi-finals finalised

The make-up of the semi-finals of Hawke's Bay's premier men's Maddison Trophy club rugby competition have been decided. Undefated Napier Old Boys' Marist will host Havelock North in the main semi-final this Saturday, while defending champs Napier Pirate travel to take on Taradale in the minor semi after the final round of regualr seaosn fixtures on the weekend. NOBM finished the regular s [ ... ]

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Opinion: Drought is real, but dams in Hawke's Bay and Canterbury not the answer, says GreenpeaceOpinion: Drought is real, but dams in Hawke's Bay and Canterbury not the answer, says Greenpeace

BY Genevieve Toop There’s no question about it - drought is causing serious problems for our farmers and communities. So what do we do about it? Dams and irrigation are often touted as the best way to deal with increasing dry spells, especially in regions with low rainfall. But what’s actually happening is water captured for irrigation in New Zealand isn’t just being used to  [ ... ]

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Project 1000 to grow jobs for Hawke’s Bay peopleProject 1000 to grow jobs for Hawke’s Bay people
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Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell today announced Project 1000; a scheme to provide 1000 new jobs for currently unemployed Hawke’s Bay workers over the next three years. Project 1000 is part of Matariki - Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan 2016, which aims to accelerate job growth and raise incom [ ... ]

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Hawke's Bay helicopter crew braves low cloud

The Lowe Corp Rescue Helicopter at Sunrise Hut in the snow-crusted Ruahine Ranges during Thursday morning's rescue. Supplied The recent heavy snowfall posed some challenges for the crew of the Hawke's Bay Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter during a rescue mission this morning.

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NZ Navy to celebrate 75th anniversary with Napier show

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, second from left, outside the Napier Municipal Theatre with Lt Commander Neville Smith, left, Captain Andrew Watts, ONZM, RNZN, second from right, and Lt Commander Mark Hadlow, Creative Director Operation NEPTUNE. Supplied. The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will celebrate its 75th birthday in style in Napier later this month.

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