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Tuesday 8th August

Eastern District Police have issued a reminder to those going tramping to be prepared for changing conditions following the rescue of a man from the Kaweka Forest Park last night.

Senior Sergeant Mike Stevenson said a 25-year-old man had to be rescued after he became lost and too cold for the changing conditions.

Weather conditions were fine and clear on the hiker’s way in to the park, and Mr Stevenson said he was mostly well-prepared for the day walk, however after walking too far, he became disorientated and too cold to make his way back out in the afternoon.

The hiker did not have appropriate clothing with him for the changing conditions or to keep himself warm past daylight.

Mr Stevenson said luckily there was cellular reception in the area where he was, and he had sufficient battery to call 111 at about 6pm.

Police deployed a Search and Rescue team and a helicopter was dispatched immediately, with the man located around 8.30pm.

Senior Sergeant Stevenson said the rescue team believe the man would not have survived the night had he not been found.

He said the incident serves as a reminder that anyone walking in New Zealand’s parks must prepare for changing conditions and emergencies because those worst-case scenarios do happen.

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Vehicles in Waipawa have been targeted by offenders.

A car parked on the road on Bibby Street recently had the lock on the drivers door forced.

Police say the offenders left empty handed after they were disturbed.

In another incident a car parked in the same street a Ford ute had its mag wheels stolen.

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Motorists will be able to use the Saddle Road in both directions for the next two days.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is planning to close the road to westbound traffic once again this week on Thursday and Friday.

The closure will again be between the hours of 9am and 3pm

NZTA say the works are subject to weather and other factors, and may be postponed to a later date.