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Police were called to the Silver Fern Farms plant at Takapau yesterday morning after a worker passed away.

Sergeant Neil Baker said Police attended at approximately 7am following the death of a 42-year old man.

He said the employee was an overseas worker who came to the region to work at the plant.

Mr Baker said there were no suspicious circumstances, and the matter has been reported to the coroner.

It is understood the plant was closed for the day following the man’s death.


Emergency services were called to a single vehicle crash on State Highway 2 near Takapau yesterday.

Sergeant Neil Baker said the accident happened just before 9am between Speedy and Fraser Roads.

He said it appeared a north bound vehicle crossed the centre line, entered a drain and rolled several times.

The sole occupant, a 67-year-old female, was taken to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

Mr Baker said the highway was closed for a short period while emergency services cleared the road.


Police have completed a scene examination at a house in Waipawa after the discovery of a body on Monday.

Police were called to the address in Ruataniwha Street at about 11.30 Monday morning.

The scene examination was completed on Wednesday.

A Police spokesperson said the death had been referred to the Coroner.

Initially Police had said the death was being treated as “unexplained”.


Local authorities are keeping a close eye on Cyclone Gabrielle.

Hawke’s Bay is expected to feel the effects of the cyclone early next week, with heavy rain and severe gale winds forecast for the region on Monday and Tuesday.

Warning amounts of rain are expected to stretch down to the Wairarapa on Tuesday.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says it is watching Cyclone Gabrielle very closely.


The Pahiatua Railcar Society will run shuttles through the Manawatu Gorge tomorrow.

The Society will run five return trips with its Standard Railcar RM31 “Tokomaru” through the gorge, departing Woodville at 10am, 11am, 12.45pm, 1.55pm, and 3.05pm.

Tickets are available from the Tararua iSite in Woodville, or by calling 0800 827 278.