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A local ticket picked up a share of second division in Wednesday nights Lotto draw.

Purchased at New World Waipukurau, and one of seven to win second division, the ticket is worth $22,810.

A ticket sold at Mahora Four Square in Hastings also won the same amount.

NZ Lotteries says anyone who bought their ticket from the winning stores should write their name on the back of it and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at MyLotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ App.


Hawke’s Bay Police will take part in the Police National Open Day this weekend.

Police stations around the country will open their doors to the public to show what they do and to also encourage people to sign-up to become officers.

Hawke’s Bay Police will hold their Open Day event at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings from midday until 3pm Sunday.

Staff from the Armed Offenders Squad, Police Negotiation Team, dog squad, forensics, and Serious Crash Unit will be amongst those showcasing the life of a Police officer.

Police will also be joined by representatives from St John Ambulance, Fire & Emergency NZ, Coastguard and the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter.

Heavy rain caused numerous issues around the region yesterday.

Travel was delayed due to flooding on the Napier-Taupo Road and on the Napier-Wairoa Road.

Both highways were shut for a number of hours to let floodwaters recede.

Local roads were also affected by surface flooding and slips, and while most opened late yesterday, some are still closed or marginal.

Eight roads in Tararua are still listed as being closed this morning, with the Tararua District Council assessing the situation first thing.

Otane School had to close early due to flooding, with the school remaining closed today.

The school is closed for health and safety reasons, as the heavy rain caused flooding inside the buildings, including around an electrical switch board in the school office.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council postponed roadworks due to start in the Otane township, and the Council also called off its planned draft Long Term Plan “pop-up” event in Porangahau, with a new date to be advised.

Organisers of next weeks Landrover Horse of the Year in Hastings have delayed the arrival of competitors until 10am Sunday due to conditions at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds.

Further rain is expected in the region this morning, before easing to occasionak showers this afternoon.