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Shipping delays will mean the Waipawa Swimming Pool won't re-open until the new year.

It was planned to have the pool open this month, however despite ordering the new pool from Italian manufacturers early, delays in its manufacturing along with shipping delays occurring while in transit, means the pool is now not due to reach our shores until this month.

It is anticipated the pool will now re-open in the new year.

Central Hawke's Bay District Council spokesman, Doug Tate, says local contractor Jacob’s Construction have gone out of their way to see the pool delivered on time – but unfortunately things like shipping delays are completely out of everyone’s control.

In the absence of the pool, Council will be providing local splash out events in Waipawa as it did last year.


A number of roads in Central Hawke's Bay are still affected by slips following recent weather.

Mill Road, Paget Road, Porangahau Road at Flaxmill Bridge, Rotohiwi Road, and Ngahiwi Road are all affected, and the Central Hawke's Bay District Council is asking drivers to use caution and to drive to the conditions.

Wilson Cutting was still closed yesterday due to multiple slips, with excavator crews on-site to clear debris.

Meanwhile authorities are advising motorists that there are multiple speed restrictions in place due to resealing works that are taking place between the intersections of Ashcott Road and State Highway 2.

Drivers can expect minor delays.


There was a magnitude 3.7 earthquake located in Central Hawke's Bay yesterday.

The quake was centred 20km east of Waipukurau, and was felt across the region around 10.10am.

Geonet said the quake caused light shaking, and had a depth of 27km.