A Hawke's Bay community says proposed government changes could force them to move their kids to new schools and add an extra hour travel time each day.

Elsthorpe residents say changes to the bus service could prevent students getting to school in Havelock North because parents would have to transfer their children to a rural address midway along the current route.

The Ministry of Education says to be eligible for transport to school, children must attend the school closest to them, which it says is Central Hawke's Bay College, not Havelock North High School.

At a community meeting on Wednesday

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