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5 hrs ago | Southland Times

HCC announces new CEO

Richard Briggs, 41, who has been the council's chief financial officer for the past two years was selected by a whole-of-council decision yesterday. As CFO Briggs has reported to Harris and holds a key senior role within council responsible for all financial aspects of council's financial strategy and financial operations.

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10 hrs ago | Dominion Post

Fruean inspires fellow heart patients

FIGHTING FIT: Magpies rugby player Robbie Fruean shares his heart surgery story with other heart patients on the Heartbeat Programme. Watching the Hawke's Bay centre muscle through Otago to help his side retain the Ranfurly Shield on Sunday, it was hard to believe the 26-year-old's heart had already been through so much.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

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Two chardonnays, two golds, competition on for winemakers

Two 2013 chardonnays from Clearview Estate Winery each took out a gold medal at this year's New Zealand International Wine Show announced today setting in place a friendly rivalry between the two winemakers responsible. The Clearview Estate Reserve Chardonnay is the winery's flagship award-winning wine produced every vintage for 27 years since the first by winemaker and co-founder Tim Turvey.

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Awards Help Hort Newbies Climb Steep Learning Curve

Horticultural newcomers Patrick and Rebecca Malley say entering the Northland Ballance Farm Environment Awards was a great way to build knowledge. In 2011 the couple left jobs in Auckland to run Ararimu Orchard with Patrick's parents Dermott and Linzi.

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Training business gone to the dogs

He rescued two-and-a-half-year-old husky Nanook from the Napier's pound last year. Within minutes the dog had jumped the fence and killed a chicken.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

The New Zealand Herald

Cunliffe in Napier: A day to talk of cabbages and kings

It was a day to talk of cabbages and kings -- or at least kingmakers -- for Labour leader David Cunliffe in Napier. Mr Cunliffe visited Hawkes Bay to help Labour candidate Stuart Nash and Tukituki candidate Anna Lorck's campaigns -- kicking off at Petershead School.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

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Napier police station claims incorrect

Eastern District Police say claims that the Napier police station will close and the city will lose frontline police staff are incorrect. Eastern District Commander Superintendent Sandra Venables said there will always be a police presence in Napier and there were no plans to reduce frontline staff numbers.

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Dog-handling teams at airports increasing

PROMISING PUP: After an initial assessment by Ministry for Primary Industries detector dog adviser Alan Willox, Poppy is about to start training to see if she would make a suitable detector dog. Her elderly owners have gifted the 10-month-old pup to the Ministry for Primary Industries in the hope their little handful could be transformed into a good working dog.

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HBRC Corporate & Strategic Committee Decisions

Hawke's Bay Regional Council's Corporate and Strategic Committee met on Wednesday 10 September. See agenda papers here - http://data.hbrc.govt.nz/meetings/Open/2014/C&S_10092014_AGN_AT.PDF Some of the key decisions and recommendations to Council were: Significance and Engagement Policy The C&S Committee considered the new significance and engagement policy which is required by 1 December.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

Dominion Post

Violent assault on girl walking to school

The 12-year-old girl was on her way to William Colenso College when she was set upon by a group of youths as she was walking along an alleyway between Hillary Crescent and Riverbend Roadd in the suburb of Maraenui about 8.30am. Police say the girl was hit with a bottle across the side of the head and was kicked in the ribs.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

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Bush-goers asked to report sightings of endangered plant

Hunters, anglers, trampers and rafters are being asked to keep their eyes out while in the bush this spring for one of our most striking native plants, the critically endangered Kakabeak. Any sightings of the flamboyant plant, which is typically found clinging to cliffs and inaccessible bluff systems and which carries heavy bunches of large, curved bright red flowers, should be reported to the nearest DOC office.

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The New Zealand Herald

Teens accused of vicious assault named

Falcon Walsh, and Jacob Broderick, charged with assault against a man in the Havelock North Central business district, appeared in Hastings District Court. One of the two teens accused of viciously assaulting a man in Havelock North last month has pleaded guilty and both can can now be named.

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Mon Sep 08, 2014

Southland Times

Innovation pays off for sheep breeder

That's according to Andy Ramsden who doesn't particularly like the word composite, which refers to a sheep made up of two or more different breeds. "I prefer to call them the new purebreds - a lot of our breeds, like the perendale, have resulted from crossing two different breeds," he said.

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The New Zealand Herald

NZ@Noon: Totem pole comes down after 25 years

Rotorua District Council community arts adviser Marc Spijkerbosch explains the history of the totem pole before its decommissioning yesterday. Photo / Stephen Parker Stories making headlines around the regions include a grisly find on a Northland beach and a monumental sculpture in Rotorua is removed.

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Man beaten beyond recognition

Falcon Walsh, 17, pleaded guilty to injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm when he appeared in the Hastings District Court today. A severely injured 32-year-old man was found outside the clock tower public toilets on Te Aute Rd in Havelock North about 4am on August 3. The victim's family told Fairfax they barely recognised their beaten and bruised son and brother after the assault.

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Southland Times

More infracon job woes

It was announced yesterday that five separate grounds maintenance contracts within the Tararua District were up for grabs for a term of three years each. Since the company was placed into liquidation by its shareholders, Tararua District Council and Central Hawke's Bay District Council, the staff working on grounds maintenance had been placed on a liquidator's contract.

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Iron MA ori Hot topic for TA Kaha Conference

Iron Maori founder Heather Skipworth will join experts in public health, innovators in health delivery and leaders of Maori development as a speaker at the bi annual Tu Kaha Conference at Hawke's Bay Racing Centre, Hastings from 29th to 31st October. As the leading conference of it's kind for the central region DHBs, the event generates national interest and is open to all health professionals who have an interest and passion for Maori health.

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Hawkes Bay Rockshop Bandquest 2014 results

They may be young but they know how to rock - this year's Hawkes Bay contestants took the stage last night in this year's regional final of Rockshop Bandquest, the nationwide music contest for intermediate and primary students. Bandquest is in its fourth year as the younger sibling of Smokefreerockquest, and in the Hawkes Bay region attracted eleven keen entrants who competed at the Napier Municipal Theatre.

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Sun Sep 07, 2014

Dominion Post

Driver in critical condition after night outdoors

A man is in a critical condition after spending Saturday night in the open after his ute came off a road and fell 30 metres down a bank in Hawke's Bay. Police say it appears the man, who lives in the area, was driving home when he ran off the road on a left-hand corner.

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Streaker Should Be Charged By Police

Family First NZ is writing to the Minister of Police Anne Tolley to ask her to have the Commissioner of Police review the decision of the police and Hawke's Bay area commander Inspector Tania Kura not to prosecute the female streaker at the All Blacks game during the weekend. "The decision by the police not to prosecute sends a dangerous message to copycats who also want their minute of fame.

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