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Napier athlete wins a $50,000 American scholarship.

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Napier Girls High School athlete Holly Manning is ready to start her new journey in life after winning a $50,000 American scholarship with Stonybrook University, near New York.

The New Zealand under-20 girls' 800m record-breaking champion will attend the university in August next year and will study Health Science.

Coach Sheila Smidt, who is also a PE teacher at NGHS, visited the Stonybrook University on a board scholarship in 2012 and endorses the institution's coaching staff and programme.

Smidt currently holds the New Zealand Secondary Schools record of 2:08.01 and has been coaching Manning since she was a Year 10 student.

Contractors win recognition for creating Hawkes Bays world class hockey stadium.

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The contractor who created the world class Unison Hockey Stadium at the Sports Park Hawkes Bay has been acknowledged at the Civil Contractors New Zealand local Hawke's Bay Construction awards.

Higgins won the $200,000-plus category at the ceremony for a build that they say was technically demanding with tight deadlines.

Having a good relationship between the client, Higgens and six main subcontractors played a huge part in the projects success. 

They were able to complete the stadium in under five months in time to host it's first international tournament between China and Japan less than one month after completion.

The stadium is the first in New Zealand to be accredited by the International Hockey Federation as a tier one facility.

Young Hawkes Bay shooters get the chance to learn from the very best

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The most promising young shooters from across the Netball Central Zone are being given the opportunity to learn from the very best with the launch of the Suzuki Shooting Clinics.

These specialised clinics will be held across Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu and Wellington and will be led by legendary shooter Irene van Dyk – the world’s most capped international netballer and leading points scorer.

Netball Central Zone CEO Carolyn Young believes that this is a much-needed opportunity for young shooters to enhance their game and help to close the gap between age group netball and the elite game.

“We are aiming to upskill the best young shooters in our zone by giving them an opportunity to improve and take them up to the next step in their development,” she explained. “This programme will help to facilitate growth throughout the zone.

“At each tournament throughout the season, the zone has had representatives from a selection committee identifying the top players in the U15, U17 and U19 squads and getting a real feel for the talent in our zone. The objective of the Suzuki Shooting Clinics is to develop these players so they can feed into our U23 programme and ultimately go on to play for the Central Pulse.

“Learning from Irene will be a fantastic experience for these youngsters. We are all very fortunate that she is so determined to give back to the community and to the game itself. Suzuki has also made a considerable contribution to this programme and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.”

Sue Geale, General Manager of Netball Wellington - one of the NCZ lead centres taking part in the shooting clinic programme, is excited about the implementation of the clinics and the immense opportunity they will give the emerging shooters. “The girls currently do well for where they are at in their netball, but if they want to aspire to be the best they need to learn from the best, and that is Irene,” she said.

“Knowing and understanding what it takes to be an elite athlete, the sacrifices they need to make, and the commitment they have to give, is something that they can only truly learn from someone who has been through it. What an inspirational experience for them to be part of and one that the zone and the NCZ centres will most definitely benefit from long term.”

Irene van Dyk is looking forward to giving the youngsters the opportunity to develop their shooting further. “I’m really excited about having the chance to help our younger talent to know how to train and to prepare for being on court at the elite level,” she said.

“Shooters spend a lot of time shooting goal after goal, it’s gets boring after while - it’s just you, the ball and the goal post, so to keep training interesting and engaging, we’re going to focus on making it very game specific. They should expect the unexpected,” she added.

“I’m so stoked Suzuki is supporting the programme. Unless there is a committed sponsor like Suzuki, important programmes like this just don’t happen,” she explained. “Suzuki’s support is not only contributing to netball now, but also for the future. It’s a very precious relationship and I’m very thankful for Suzuki believing in me, in the programme and the future of netball in our region.”

Gary Collins, General Manager Suzuki, is thrilled to be able to support such a worthwhile programme with the zone’s elite young shooters. “Suzuki has been a proud supporter of the Central Pulse netball team and we’re delighted to be able to help instigate the Suzuki Shooting Clinics programme to develop up and coming netball shooting talent.

“There has been much exposure over the need for us to develop our depth in netball shooters and the partnership with Irene will be of great benefit to New Zealand netball. Irene has a wealth of experience and knowledge and Suzuki is delighted to be able to partner with her to develop such a positive initiative for netball in New Zealand.”

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

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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 www.menzshed.org.nz

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

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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

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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.

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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