One Lotto player is $35,096 richer thanks to a winning ticket sold in Bay View, Napier.
Bay View Four Square sold the ticket, which was one of 15 tickets around the country to win the Lotto Second Division and the only ticket to win the Powerball Second Division in Saturday night’s Lotto draw.
Anyone who bought their ticket from the above store should check their ticket as soon as possible in-store, on MyLotto, or through the MyLotto App.
Russell Roads has a new name
Hawke’s Bay’s longest-established civil construction business Russell Roads has had a name change to Tūpore Infrastructure.
The new name represents the ownership changes which first started in 2015, along with growth in the service offering from road pavements to quarry operations and the region’s only operating asphalt plant.
Tūpore Infrastructure chief executive Gavin O’Connor said growth aspirations started when former owner Chris Russell introduced locals Robbie and Michelle Gale as shareholders, who then became sole owners in 2019.
The Gale’s appointed O’Connor in 2022 to further grow the business and at a launch event of the new name, and have announced that Gavin and wife Katie have become part-owners.
”This is a new era for the business, at a time when the region is recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle and the devastation it caused,” O’Connor said.
Gale said the new name Tūpore means to care for which is a reflection of their plans going forward.
”We are very focused on creating career opportunities for our staff, we also have a charitable foundation which supports those less fortunate and our day job of constructing roads, pathways and public spaces, enhances community outcomes,” he said.
Police seeking dangerous man
Police are seeking a dangerous man in Hawke’s Bay.
A warrant to arrest Moana James Te Hau has been placed, and police said he is considered to be dangerous and should not be approached.
Te Hau, 37, has links to Christchurch, and strong ties in the Napier and Hastings areas.
Any sightings of Te Hau should be reported to police by calling 111, referencing the file number 230922/4282.
Other information can be passed on via 105, by phone or online at 105.police.govt.nz, using update my report, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Hastings Indoor Market with Santa surprise
Hastings Indoor Market will celebrate with ‘50 Stalls of Fabulousness’ this Saturday at the Hastings Sports Stadium from 9am - 2pm.
People will be able to shop from a huge range of local businesses and craftspeople, who will be selling everything from handcrafted and handmade items, artisan goods, vintage and up-cycled items.
Santa will also be making a special appearance between 11am and 1pm so kids can come on down and get a photo or drop off their wish lists.
There will also be a sausage sizzle, bacon sandwiches, Wheely Dogs, Mama’s Donuts and Mr Whippy.
Entry is freeand Eftpos/Cash out is available.
“All our stallholders have Christmas in mind and there will be a heap of ideas for gifts to suit everyone,” organiser Diane Bainbridge said.
Slug causes power cut
More than 100 homes in Napier were hit by an early-morning power cut after a slug short-circuited a street-side transformer.
Unison Network reported the outage as happening just after midnight on Monday morning and investigations showed a miscreant slug had caused the problem in a transformer in James Foley Ave, Pirimai.
It said 127 customers in James Foley Ave, McGregor Ave, Ireland Pl, Davidson Ave, Harold Holt Ave, and Len Davis Tce were affected, with a small number having had supply cut for about three hours.
Special fundraiser screening of Wonka
A special screening for the upcoming film Wonka will be held at Event Cinemas in Havelock North on Thursday, December 14 to raise funds for Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre.
The film is being released in New Zealand cinemas that day, and a special screening will be held at 6pm in Havelock North, where people are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character.
There will be prizes, raffles, and snacks. Tickets are adults $30 and students $25. Tickets via Eventfinda.
Pollution at Haumoana Beach
Users of the beach at Haumoana are still being warned against swimming in the area or letting dogs enter the water pending results from testing of pollution which hit the coastline at the weekend.
The warning was first issued on Saturday night, and on Tuesday morning Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Policy and Regulation group manager Katrina Brunton said samples had been sent for analysis.
No swimming signs were erected on the beach on Saturday and a team cleaned up the substance from the beach, she said, but the council, and the Hastings District Council, continued to monitor the area.
”In the meantime, we urge the community to still exercise caution, and not swim in the water, and keep dogs away from the beach,” she said.
An unknown substance had been detected at the water’s edge, with one owner saying her two dogs went “straight-for” it and vomited soon afterwards.
SH2 between Kotemaori and Putorino re-opens
State Highway 2 between Napier and Wairoa opened at 6.30am on Tuesday after an early morning safety assessment.
The road is down to one lane and the slip that forced the road closure has been barricaded. There will be speed restrictions and traffic lights in place.
The stretch of state highway near the site opened for three hours until 8pm on Monday but remained closed overnight.
An onsite geotechnical assessment on Tuesday has been carried out, and confirmed no fresh material has come down.
Waka Kotahi Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti System Manager Martin Colditz said he is expecting a lot of traffic through on Tuesday
”Please expect delays and drive to the conditions through the slip site,” he said.
Hastings music and comedy show satirises smokefree policy change
A music and comedy show in Hastings this week will satirise National’s plan to repeal the smokefree laws introduced by Labour.
Napier residents Neill Gordon and Ani Tylee and Hastings theatre director Ken Keys have organised ‘Make Cancer Great Again’ at 7pm in The Common Room and say it will be “painfully, profoundly funny”.
“A lot of people, many of them medical professionals, were shocked when they heard Chris Luxon announce last week that the new government was backtracking on world-leading legislation that would have created a smokefree generation of young New Zealanders,” Gordon said.
“Public health and kids smoking is everyone’s concern – you can be a National supporter, a New Zealand First member or whatever and still not support this policy.”
People are encouraged to bring smokefree signs to the show, with prizes offered for the funniest, the rudest, the best te reo sign and more.
Tickets for the show are available on Eventfinda for $10, and Gordon said all proceeds will go to cancer charities.
Blaze at property in Raupunga ‘unexplained’
A truck and other equipment were badly damaged in a fire at a property in Raupunga, a small township in northern Hawke’s Bay, on Friday night.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze at the property off State Highway 2 about 9.40pm.
A police spokesperson said they were investigating the fire to determine the cause “which is unexplained at this stage”.
The spokesperson said a scene guard was in place on Friday night until a fire investigator could attend on Saturday.
Police looking for man after Flaxmere crash
A man believed to have fled from the site of a crash in Flaxmere on Friday is still being actively sought by police.
A black car crashed on a property in Flaxmere Ave about 12.44pm on Friday and police dogs were used around the property.
Police said on Monday that the man had not been located and police were continuing to make inquiries to locate him. “The man should not be approached,” a police spokesperson said at the time.
Small fire in McDonald’s toilet
Firefighters were called to a small fire in the toilets at McDonald’s Hastings on Saturday night.
The fire at the fast-food restaurant on Heretaunga St West was already out when Fire and Emergency NZ arrived shortly after 8pm.
Police said they had not been notified.
Vegetation fire in Waipukurau
A vegetation fire had to be extinguished along a shelter belt in Waipukurau on Saturday afternoon, which is a row of trees planted to protect crops or animals from harsh weather.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in the shelter belt about 4pm on Saturday on Pukeora Scenic Rd.
Crews were at the scene for about an hour.