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The Metservice has upgraded a severe weather watch for Central Hawke's Bay to a full warning.

Heavy rain will fall in Hawke's Bay and Tararua again today, with Tararua and areas of the Bay south of Hastings told to expect peak intensities of 20 to 30mm per hour until around 9 o'clock tonight.

Up to 150mm of rain is expected, with the heaviest falls about the hills and ranges.

Forecasters say the heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, with surface flooding and slips also possible.

For areas of Hawke's Bay north of Hastings, a severe weather watch remains in place.


A further pop-up event with the Central Hawke's Bay District Council is being held today.

The pop-up is the chance for Porangahau residents to talk with Councillors about the draft Long Term Plan, which is currently out for consultation.

Today's event is between 3pm & 7pm by the Porangahau Hall.


The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is proposing to have more staff on the ground in Central Hawke's Bay following a review of the organisation.

The review has recommended a number of changes to the way the council operates, and will see some roles disestablished, but also accomodates future growth of up to 30 new staff.

The proposal also sees beefed-up regulatory teams operating, as well as signalling more staff to work on the ground in CHB and Wairoa.

The Council says at least five staff will be required in each satellite office to carry out necessary work.

The proposal is awaiting staff feedback, before final decisions are made later this month.

The public will get to see some of the proposals in the Regional Councils' draft Long Term Plan, which will become public next Wednesday.