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Police have released the name of the motorcyclist who died in a crash near Otane at the weekend.

56 year old Dag Olberg from Napier died at the scene of crash, which happened on Middle Road on Sunday afternoon.

Police have extended their sympathies to the mans family and friends.

A truck and two motorcyles were involved in the accident, and Police say the other motorcyclist remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Investigations into the crash are continuing.


The Ministry of Education is currently in the process of appointing a commissioner for The Terrace School in Waipukurau.

The move comes on the back of the latest Education Review Office Report.

The report made a number of recommendations for the school including around assessment processes of students; professional leadership; and governance, to ensure the school is meeting its legislative requirements.

ERO also recommended the Secretary for Education consider intervention.

Ministry spokesperson Katrina Casey told Central FM in a statement that by far, the majority of schools operate successfully, but a small number develop difficulties that they cannot resolve without outside help.

She said where the Ministry do step in, an intervention aims to bring expertise and fresh perspective, and also acts as a circuit breaker for entrenched problems, so that the focus of the school can go back on teaching and learning.

Ms Casey said the aim is to return the school to full self-governance.

The schools Board of Trustees held a special meeting late last month to consider its action in light of ERO’s recommendations.

Katrina Casey said after this meeting, the Ministry received formal notification that five trustees had resigned – with two of the resignations effective immediately.

She said to support continued school governance, the three other members, including the Chairperson, agreed to continue in their roles until such time as a Commissioner is appointed.


Police are reminding vehicle owners that modern technology is not fool proof after a vehicle was unlawfully taken from a Waipukurau address late last month.

Senior Constable Glynn Sharp says the vehicle was parked on the road outside the owners home, and was later located parked on the side of State Highway 2 near Otane.

He says the offenders were able to gain entry to the vehicle and start it because the 'keyless entry' remote had been left in a second vehicle parked nearby.

Mr Sharp says that enabled the offenders to start the car and drive it away.