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Rahina 10 Mahuru 2018

The occupants of a van that crashed between Waipukurau and Waipawa on Friday received only minor injuries.

Emergency services were called to the State Highway 2 crash about 5.40pm.

Rain was still falling, with the area where the crash happened down to a reduced speed limit with 30km/hr flooding signs in place.

The van was in the northbound lane, and traffic going both ways was delayed at times, with traffic management in place.

Despite last week’s weather, this was the only reported crash on roads in CHB and Tararua.


Central Hawke’s Bay District Council contractors and staff worked all weekend as the cleanup got underway from last weeks weather.

Porangahau Road was finally opened on Saturday night, with contractors working right throughout the day to clear silt and debris.

Those heading to CHB The Festival had to make the journey to the top from the southern end after a slip, including 20 trees, came down on Pukeora Scenic Road.

Arborist crews worked quickly to create pedestrian access, with a single lane open by Saturday night to allow bus and shuttle traffic to reach the top.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council spokesperson, Josh Lloyd, said Downer’s are also monitoring an overslip developing on Lake Road at Wanstead.

He said the district’s wastewater ponds at Otane, Waipukurau and Waipawa ponds were still beyond full capacity on Saturday night, with and pumping equipment in Waipawa and Waipukurau “at limit”.

Mr Lloyd said Council has been in contact with pump suppliers should there be any problems with the pumps that had been running well in excess of 80 hours as at Saturday.


The Tararua District Council has put a boil water notice on the Pongaroa water supply.

The notice was put in place on Friday afternoon, and the Council says residents connected to the town water supply are advised to boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and preparing infant formula.

Council says it will provide an update today.


The Magpies have won their fourth-round game of the Mitre 10 Cup, along with the MacRae-Shelford Bay Cup.

One point sealed the win for Hawke’s Bay on Saturday night, beating Bay of Plenty 29-28 in front of a home crowd.

The win also gave them a seven point lead on the Championship table.

Brad Weber scored two tries for the Magpies, with Jonah Lowe and Joe Apikotoa one each. Tiaan Falcon kicked three conversions and a penalty.

2018 Magpies coverage with The Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau.