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With more traffic on the road, the NZ Transport Agency is urging the regions motorists to take extra care on the roads, as more people return to work and school, as well as visiting friends and family.

Regional Transport Systems Manager Oliver Postings says we are also heading into winter and driving on roads that are exposed to winter weather conditions can be tricky.

He says his agency is focused on improving the safety of the region’s state highway network, with major projects like the State Highway 2 safety improvements programme.

CHB Police constable, Andy Walker, says we’ve had dry roads for a long time, but with recent rain, drivers need to take care.

He says roads have built up with grease and oil, and a bit of rain makes road surfaces quite slippery.
CHB Police are investigating an attempted break-in at the Waipawa Four Square store last week.

Constable Andy Walker says three men tried to wedge the front sliding doors of the store open, around 1am Thursday.

He says they were unable to gain access due to bits of wood keeping the doors from opening.

CCTV footage was unable to identify the offenders, and Mr Walker says anyone who may have been in the area around the time and seen anything, can contact Police directly or the Crimestoppers line.
Hawke's Bay Regional councillors have voted unanimously to contribute
$200,000 to the Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help fund the transport of feed to distressed farmers.

The mayoral fund sits at $800,000 following a half million dollar contribution from the Government ($500,000), and $50,000 each from the Central Hawke's Bay District Council and Centralines.

The Hastings District Council is to meet today to consider a $200,000 pledge, to bring the fund to $1 million.

Regional Council Chair Rex Graham says the fact the fund has raised
$800,000 in a week reflects the strong community support for our farming sector.

He sees the fund as an investment in our economy, with the aim to raise
$2 million.