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A heavy rain warning for Hawke's Bay has been extended.

The Metservice has pushed the original warning out to midnight tonight, and said the region could expect a further 140 to 200mm of rain to accumulate on top of what had already fallen in the 27-hour period from
9 o'clock last night.

The heaviest falls are expected about the ranges, and forecasters are also predicting thunderstorms to affect the region today.

A strong wind watch is also in place, with the Metservice saying southeast winds may approach severe gale at times in exposed places until mid-afternoon.

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller Ian Macdonald said significant rainfall is expected from Mohaka to the Ruahine Range, as well as the catchments of Te Ngarue, and Esk.

He said the amount of rain in the hills will cause main rivers to rise, although they are expected to remain below a five-year event, with peak levels expected sometime tonight.

Mr MacDonald said people can keep up to date on the Hawke's Bay Emergency Facebook page or at www.hbemergency.govt.nz.


Positive test results for E.coli have seen the Tararua District Council issue a full Boil Water Notice for the Pongaroa water supply.

A precautionary notice was issued in late May for the supply, but was upgraded on Friday.

Anyone connected to the supply is advised to boil water until further notice before using it for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and preparing infant formula.

Anyone who has questions or concerns, is asked to the Council.


Waipukurau's recycling collection will continue today.

Normally carried out on a Monday, the CHB District Council says the volume of recycling meant not all could be collected yesterday.