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One of New Zealands greatest basketball coaches bids farewell to Hawkes Bay.


Hawks basketball coach Tab Baldwin has announced he has ended his tenure with the franchise after failing to reach an agreement over his contract.

He said the decision was a tough one but failed contract re-negotiations meant both parties couldn't come to terms.

Although he will not be returning for a third season the 55-year-old said he is keen to play an informal part in the organisation and will remain an avid fan.

Hawks general manager Tanya Dearns said the position would be advertised immediately and wished Tab all the best for the future.


Exciting new Hawkes Bay tournament gets a strong response from the sporting community.



The Hawke's Bay school's sports calendar has received a major boost with the development of an exciting, new tournament.

The Hastings Sixes is a new event that was launched to schools around New Zealand last month. 42 schools have already shown an interest in attending.

The event is the brainchild of the ex-principal of Frimley School and Hastings District Councillor Malcolm Dixon. He says "The initial interest in the event has been overwhelming. The concept was floated past schools in November and the initial replies indicate over 1000 year six students will take part in the sports tournament next year. The sports to be played include netball, rugby, football, hockey, basketball, swimming, athletics, cross country, canoe polo and this programme will be supplemented with a number of social activities."

Malcolm Dixon says "The Hastings Sixes is about participation and enjoyment, with the sporting events to be based at facilities all around the region. Schools from all around the North Island have registered their interest in attending, including Warkworth Primary School, Fitzroy Primary School from New Plymouth and Windley School from Porirua."

"Early indications show that 270 students from outside the region and 900 local students will attend the event. I am delighted with this initial response to the sixes but we do have the facilities and organisational capability of catering for more schools," Malcolm Dixon says.

The event has been targeted at year 6 students and is scheduled to run from the 7 - 10th September 2015.There is still time for schools to register their interest on

The event is being co-ordinated by Hastings District Council in partnership with Sport Hawkes Bay.

You can join the conversation online at #hastingssixes

Kiwi Adventure Trust and World Vision team up for Hawkes Bays' Triple Peaks Challenge


For the first time in its 27 year history, the Triple Peaks Challenge is giving participants the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our Pacific neighbours by fundraising for World Vision's Temotu Literacy Programme in the Solomon Islands.

Run by The Kiwi Adventure Trust, The Triple Peaks Challenge is an annual adventure race combining a test of physical and mental endurance with some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery. Entrants can run, walk or cycle the course individually or in teams across 47 kilometres of stunning Kiwi countryside.

Regarded as one of the Hawkes Bays' major annual events, The Triple Peaks Challenge attracts over 700 participants, ranging from local school children to dedicated grandmothers, other fit seniors as well as attracting a great elite field with the likes of World Endurance MTB champion Kim Hurst expected to race again.

In 2015, participants have the opportunity to use their blood, sweat and tears to partner with World Vision and fundraise for a good cause – giving vulnerable people in the Solomon Islands the opportunity to read and write through the Temotu Literacy Programme.

The Solomon Islands has one of the lowest literacy rates in the Pacific region, as well as some of the worst levels of poverty - it's no coincidence the two coincide. Illiteracy hinders a person's ability to receive basic job training and makes it difficult for parents to support children's education, reinforcing a cycle of illiteracy and poverty.

The manager of the Kiwi Adventure Trust David Tait is excited about the new partnership and the possibility for global change that comes with it.
"The Triple Peaks Challenge is an iconic event and is and authentic challenge that attracts people from the broadest backgrounds. I see the partnership with World Vision, will bring a wonderful new dimension. It's our goal to enable entrants to make a significant difference to our Pacific neighbourhood by being sponsored to participate. There is no doubt that this extra dimension adds to the enjoyment and satisfaction of completing what is a demanding but thoroughly satisfying endeavour." Mr Tait said
World Vision New Zealand CEO Chris Clarke shares his enthusiasm.
"The Kiwi Adventure Trust has rightly selected the Temotu Literacy Programme as an excellent way of changing the lives of a large number of people. I have competed in the Triple Peaks Challenge and found it to be an incredible experience. Tough, yet extremely satisfying. We're grateful that the organisers and entrants see fit to take up the extra challenge of changing lives in the Pacific in 2015."
Entries are now open for the event which will run on Saturday 28th February, 2015. Full details on the event are available at Click Here or by phoning 0273 600086

Hawkes Bay recreational anglers ask where has all the fish gone?


Hawkes Bay recreational anglers are reporting a 45% decline in snapper being caught in the region along with a 77% drop in groper.

Hawke's Bay United rebound for a win


After falling behind in the sixth minute, Hawke’s Bay United recovered to record a 3-1 victory over Southern United in the seventh round of the ASB Premiership at Bluewater Stadium on Sunday.

Hawke's Bay heart-throb Israel Dagg weds highschool sweetheart.

Groom Israel Dagg looked as snappy as his granddad ... according to his granddad. The World Cup-winning All Black wed high school sweetheart in his native Hawke's Bay on Friday.

The wedding was held at Mana Lodge in the Poukawa Valley, a country estate owned by the late Sir Paul Holmes. Guests were ordered to meet at Dagg's former secondary school, Lindisfarne College in Hastings, from where they caught buses to the lodge. Even the guests didn't know where they were going.

The couple were back at the lodge yesterday but their honeymooon plans remain as tightly guarded as the ceremony. Dagg's grandfather, Pat, said more than 100 attended the wedding with famous faces including teammates Victor Vito and Cory Jane.

"He's got a big family, Izzy, so they were all there, his mum and his dad of course, sisters and brothers.

"It was a family affair pretty much, scattered with a few All Blacks."

He said the younger Dagg looked impeccable in a suit and tie. "He always looks sharp - he takes after his grandfather."

Daisy wore a traditional wedding dress. "She looked lovely, of course - she looks lovely at any time."

Vows were exchanged on the estate's grand lawn next to the swimming pool and the reception took place in a marquee nearby.

"They were just starting the dancing and merriment when I went home," Pat said. "But I imagine they went to midnight or 1 o'clock."

Dagg's high school friend Conrad Reiter was best man. Pat wasn't sure of honeymoon plans, but the newlyweds were photographed at the lodge yesterday.

Hawkes Bay driver delivers a stand-out performance.


Zach Zaloum from the Hawke's Bay and Ryan Wood from Wellington were two of the stand-out drivers at the second round of the 2014/15 Bayleys WPKA Goldstar Series at Palmerston North on Sunday.

Zaloum proved too good for round one class winner Jordan McDonnell and eventual second placeman Aaron de Ridder the 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class. Meanwhile, after tying with top local driver Tom Greig for the top spot in the Vortex Mini ROK class at Palmerston North, Wellington ace Ryan Wood has taken the class lead in the series points standings thanks to a better finish over Greig at the first round.

The Palmerston North meeting attracted a 93-strong field across the eight classes with drivers travelling from Christchurch in the south and Auckland in the north to compete in the new-look and very much revitalised series.

Racing was held in dry conditions early on in the day until the rain that had threatened all day materialised first as drizzle mid-afternoon then showers later on.

The mix made tyre choice a lottery across several different class heats.

In the 125cc Rotax Max Light class a field of 23 drivers put on some great racing. The first two races were dry and were won by Jayden Hardy and Brad Still respectively.

With intermittent light rain for the third and fourth heats the field was torn between wets and slicks. Both races saw those with the right tyre choice flourish. Brad Still made the correct choice in heat three and Ashleigh Higgins made the most of his wet tyre choice to win heat four.

In the final the rain was falling hard with Travis Day coming home in first and securing the overall win for the day over Brad Still and South Islander Chris Cox.

The 125cc Rotax Max Heavy class saw a field of top "young$B!I(B Rotax Heavies racing the hard-charging Masters provided a tough day in the seat for all.

The battle involving Zach Zaloum, Aaron de Ridder and Brendon Hart was on all day. Heat one saw Zaloum fighting with Hart to eventually pull a gap and take the win. Heat two proved to be a fight that saw Hart and Zaloum drop to the rear of the field after some contact that saw water pouring from Hart's radiator. Meanwhile Karl Cameron and Brent Melhop were fighting out a close Masters' race with Melhop coming from the rear of the grid to finish third.

Heat three proved to be a trial by water with all the drivers out on slicks and some light drizzle, lap times dropped and karts slipped all over the track, conditions suiting to Hart and

Zaloum, the latter taking out the win.

Overall a good clean close day of racing with Zaloum first, de Ridder second, Hart third with Melhop home fourth but as first Master.

There were three different race winners, meanwhile, in the other senior class, Clubsport 120, which saw Steven Palmer having a DNF and Simon Frater the series leader, struggling for pace.

The first heat race was won by John Paddy with Braden Parsons taking the fastest lap time. Race two saw Brent Robinson coming home first with Braden Parsons getting the fastest lap.

The race three start favoured the wet tyre choice of 50% of the field but conditions improved and the slick tyre drivers all moved to the front. Braden Parsons once again came home first and also had the fastest time again. Race four stayed damp, but everyone was on slicks. Brent Robinson won in these conditions and also got the fastest lap.

It was wets all round for the final, however, which saw the weather finally make up its mind and the skies opened. Brent Robinson won from pole after John Paddy took himself out with a daring dive at the end of the back straight.

The final result? Brent Robinson first, John Paddy second and Braden Parsons third.

With the series leader Dylan Drysdale only recently returned from representing New Zealand at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Final meeting in Spain (and not running at Palmerston North) the Junior Rotax class was going to be fought out between home town drivers Jacob Cranston and Kaleb Ngatoa, and top female driver Maddy Stewart from Wellington.

All three have done a lot of laps around Manawatu and clearly had set-up advantage over the rest of the field in the changeable conditions. Both Stewart and Cranston managed heat wins but Ngatoa ran away with the day with two wins and three seconds.

The Jury brothers from New Plymouth, meanwhile, made Junior Yamaha a family affair on their debut in the series, with two heat race wins apiece. It is Manawatu local, Bayley Walker, who won the first round, who has the series points lead with Ronan Murphy, son of racing great Greg Murphy second just one point behind.

It was in the two new Vortex classes, Vortex Mini ROK and Cadet ROK which provided the closest Junior category racing and greatest depth with four different heat winners in Mini ROK and three in Cadet ROK.

Vortex Mini ROK had 14 racers on the grid with the NS, NI, SI champions present and all four clubs having representation in the field. Hometown boy Tom Greig ran away with heat one with some close racing behind him - Josh Parkinson and Ryan Wood second and third respectively.

Ethan Donohue charged through the field in heat two finishing third before the rain hit for afternoon racing. Jackson Rooney nailed the wet set-up with a blistering time but consistency saw Ryan Wood first for the day on count back from Tom Greig with Jackson Rooney coming third.

Finally, Cadet ROK was another Mainland benefit with Louis Sharp and Zac Christensen taking advantage of first round class winner William Exton's move to the Vortex Mini ROK class and finishing one-two.

With a second (Sharp) and third (Christensen) at Wellington the pair are now first and second respectively in the series points standings after two rounds.

The new-look Bayleys WPKA Goldstar series now takes a break until the third round, at Waitara in Taranaki over the March 07/08 2015 weekend.

Further information is available