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Basketballers & handymen unite to show off their revamped premises in Napier.


Menz Shed Napier and Basketball Hawke’s Bay are holding an open day this Sunday (23 November) to show off their revamped shared premises at the old Marewa Bowling Club, Whitmore Park, Napier.

Basketball HB leases part of the building to Menz Shed Napier, which will be holding workshop demonstrations on the day.

Since the first Menz Shed enthusiasts expressed an interest in having their own venue to the Napier City Council back in February, the Council and Napier Mayor Bill Dalton have assisted them in forming a charitable trust, and working with Basketball HB. Menz Shed Napier, the second one to be set up in Hawke’s Bay after Dannevirke, now has more than 60 members.

Their first job as a group has been fixing up unclaimed bikes and scooters for Hawke’s Bay Police, who have been passing them on to delighted children. Next Wednesday Menz Shed Napier will be running one of the workshops at Mitre 10 Mega’s Ladies Night.

The Open Day for Menz Shed Napier and Basketball HB, Whitmore Park, 96a Nuffield Ave, Napier runs from 11.30am-3pm. The official opening will be at 12.15pm, with a BBQ and other refreshments from 1pm.

Menz Shed brings men together to share their skills and work on practical tasks individually or as a group, often assisting with community projects. For more information about the Menz Shed movement, visit

Grab a friend and enter the Great KidsCan Santa Run in Hastings.


The KidsCan Great New Zealand Santa Run is all set for 2014.

A major fundraiser for KidsCan, the Santa Run concept is simple – a 2-3km fun run/walk in a Santa suit!

Each entrant* receives a free Santa suit as part of their entry fee. Kids under 13 will get a Santa Hat instead of a Santa suit.

The courses are kept easy so everyone can finish, with minimal training and are highly visible for maximum impact.

As mentioned, Santa Suits are provided to adults entered but there have been awesome outfits and dressing up in previous years. Lots of elves, rudolphs and other characters make the run.

Our recipient charity is KidsCan with proceeds from the event going to ensuring all Kiwi kids affected by poverty can look forward to a brighter future.

Started in 2008 by Lactic Turkey Events, the Santa Run has grown from an Auckland only event, to having Santa Runs at the same time and date in Whangarei, Auckland South, Auckland Central, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Last year there were over 4,000 Santa's nationwide and we added more venues bringing Auckland North (Albany), Auckland West (Henderson), Napier, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Queenstown into the mix. This year we add Invercargill and Wanaka - a total of 18 venues around the country!

So what are you waiting for !Enter as an individual or grab a bunch of mates and enter as a team.

Hastings's run is on Thursday 4th @ 6.30pm to tie in with the night markets

The start and finish is on the corner of Heretaunga Street and Railway Road.

The event will be run by Sport Hawkes Bay.

The countdown begins for the Napier Port Children's Games team

Childrens Games Team

The next time the Napier Port Children’s Games team will all be together they will be waiting at Hawke’s Bay Airport to fly out to the 48th International Children’s Games in Australia.

On Wednesday night the 18-strong team – in their new team uniforms - met supporters and sponsors, including the Napier City Council, at a special event held at the MTG Century Theatre foyer.

The Napier Port is the naming rights sponsor for the team of swimmers, sailors, BMX riders and footballers, selected with the help of Sport Hawke’s Bay. They will be representing the city and New Zealand at the 48th International Children’s Games at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, between 6 and 11 December.

Napier Port Chief Financial Officer John Matheson was a special guest at the event, along with former All Black Norm Hewitt, now with Downer Construction, and Damon Harvey, representing the Jarod Cunningham Youth Sport Trust.

Napier Port already sponsors MTG Hawke’s Bay’s Education Suite and has been a supporter of the Optimist Yachting Learn to Sail Programme over many years.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton is leading the games delegation, which will also include coaches for each of the codes. He felt the team was well prepared for the Games. “Their sporting abilities are without doubt. I am sure they will make wonderful ambassadors for Napier and New Zealand too.”

 Sport HB, Sport New Zealand and the Council will investigate the opportunity to bring the games to New Zealand, and in particular, Napier, in the future.

Celebrate the opening of Hawkes Bays newest cycle trail.


Join the celebration of the opening of Hawke's Bays newest cycle trail - the Central Hawke's Bay Rotary River Pathway!

The pathway is 14km long, runs down both sides of the Tukituki river and links Waipawa.

Cycle, walk, run or mountain bike - come and explore the beautiful new pathway.

Here's what's happening on the day:

From 9am Primary School kids who have registered to be part of the Central Bikes 2014 Primary School Cycle Series will be the first to try out the new pathway on the day.

Once the kids are off and racing there will then be a Mountain Bike race on the opposite side of the Tukituki River pathway track - come and register on the day.

From 10am there is an official Maori welcome, speeches and the opening. Then we welcome everyone, walkers, cyclists, runners and mountain bikers to walk, run or cycle the new pathway laid down on this beautiful and iconic Central Hawke's Bay setting.

Bring the family and enjoy the prizegiving afterwards at Russell Park where there will be food and soft drinks available after the official opening.

When: Sun 30 Nov 2014, 9:00am

Where: Russell Park, River Terrace, Waipukurau

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information: Admission: Free

Hawke's Bay United stun youth league competition leaders.


Hawke's Bay United stunned competition leaders Nelson Marlborough Falcons in the sixth round of the ASB Youth League held over the weekend of November 15-16.

Hawkes Bay Magpies hooker signs with the Highlanders


Hawkes Bay Magpies hooker Ash Dixon is believed to have signed with the Highlanders and will replace Ged Robinson who has moved to the Crusaders.

Dixon, aged 26, has played for the Hurricanes for the past two seasons and was named in the Blues squad in 2011 but never made it onto the field. 

He first came to prominence as a member of the New Zealand Colts team in 2008.


Start your training for the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon in Hawkes Bay


Want to have heaps of fun with your friends and get a Champions Medal in the BIGGEST Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon series in the world?

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

WHEN: Wednesday 11th February 2015

WHERE: Frimley Park, Frimley

COURIER OPTION CLOSE: Tuesday 27th January 2015


ONLINE REGISTRATIONS CLOSE: Thursday 5th February 2015