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MONDAY 12 MARCH 2018

Police are still investigating the recent break-in at Farmlands stores in Waipukurau and Napier.

The Waipukurau store was broken into in the early hours of Wednesday the 28th of February.

Police say that $7000 worth of Stoneycreek and Betacraft jackets were amongst the items stolen from both the Waipukurau and Napier stores.

Anyone with information regarding the jackets, or who is aware of the brands being sold cheaply, are asked to contact Police directly or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Police say all information will be treated in confidence.

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Local police are asking the public to come forward after native plants were stolen from public gardens earlier this month.

On March 2nd, a "considerable number" of the plants were taken from the gardens around the Nelly Jull Park band rotunda in Waipawa, and from the gardens at the Railway Station in Waipukurau.

The plants, which were of the native caprosma variety, were planted about six months ago and have varied leaf colours of red, gold and green.

Any information can be passed on to Central Hawke's Bay Police.

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Local areas are expected to miss any severe weather from ex-cyclone Hola.

The Metservice has issued a severe weather watch for the area from Hastings northwards advising of heavy rain in the 12 hour period from 4pm today.

Gale southeasterly winds are also expected from 7pm tonight through to 6am tomorrow.

Bruce Kitto, from the Central Hawke's Bay District Council, says even though the main impacts are generally north of Hastings, we can expect some of the wind and rain on the periphery.

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Otane School will re-open today after having to close last week due to heavy rain.

Rain caused flooding at the school and roofing issues, which saw pupils sent home early on Thursday.

The school was closed on Friday due to health and safety concerns, with contractors called in to assess the damage.