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Heavy rain saw Police advise motorists to take care on State Highway 2 last night.

Just before 9pm Police asked motorists driving in the Te Hauke area to extra care.

A spokesperson said there was flooding between Te Aute and Te Hauke, and asked motorists to delay travel or avoid the area if possible.

Local authorities were responding to issues.

Meanwhile a part of State Highway 50 at Maraekakaho is down to one lane following a slip which occured yesterday afternoon.

NZTA said there was a 30km/hr speed restriction 2km south of the intersection with Salisbury Road.


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has welcomed the launch of the Essential Freshwater package.

The government has announced a plan to improve freshwater in New Zealand, and HBRC Chief Executive James Palmer says the package reinforces that freshwater quality is everyone’s responsibility; including regional councils, primary industries, central government, as well as rural and urban communities.

He says in Hawke's Bay, his Council is already making good progress with its programme of work aimed at stopping and reversing the decline in freshwater quality.

Meanwhile Beef & Lamb NZ says it has significant concerns about the proposals.

Chairman Andrew Morrison says Beef & Lamb is deeply concerned by some of the analysis they have seen, and says the proposals will undermine the viability of a low-intensity sector which supports over 80,000 jobs and generates exports of $9.1 billion a year.


The Magpies face Southland at McLean Park in Napier tonight.

The round 5 game of the Mitre 10 Cup kicks off at 5.45pm.

So far the Magpies have clocked up 3 wins and a draw this season.

Magpies coverage thanks to The Leopard Hotel Waipukurau.