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Parched Hawke's Bay welcomes 100mm rain over the weekend but dampens Art Deco spirits

Eagerly awaited rain fell heavily during the weekend bringing welcome relief to parched areas, especially for farmers and those relying on tank water. But it wasn't ideal for those in feather boas and fur coats as umbrellas were...

Teamwork key to containing blaze

Battling a Hastings fire which blazed through 162ha of grassland and pine forest earlier this week was a major logistical challenge for those involved - who say co-ordination between them was key to containing the fire. When it...

Hastings fires to cost $1 million

Battling the Hastings fires is likely to have cost around $1 million, says Hastings District Council.Although the council will stump up the money initially, it will apply to have the costs reimbursed by the National Rural Fire Authority,...

Generosity, gratitude and grief: stories from the fires

Cruel, impersonal and indiscriminate - fire knows no bounds and has no manners. It licks anything in its reach, and heartlessly takes from people.In a matter of minutes, it can change lives forever.This week's fires were full...

Tim Gilbertson: Fire showed we can combine operations

The best questions are seldom asked.Try to answer to this one. A while ago we considered amalgamating all five Hawke's Bay councils.No need, said most of the leaders. The status quo is fine. We work together like a horse and...

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