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A diver has died at Pourerere Beach over the weekend.

Police were called to the beach about 4pm Saturday after the diver resurfaced unconscious.

Members of the public and emergency services were unable to revive the person.

Police said the death has been referred to the coroner.


An Orange Heavy Rain and an Orange Strong Wind Warning are in place for Hawke’s Bay.

The Metservice says in the 24-hour period from 10am today, 250 to 350 mm of rain is expected about the ranges, with 100 to 150 mm elsewhere.

Forecasters say peak intensities of 10 to 15 mm/h are expected, but 20 to 30 mm/h about the ranges this evening and overnight tonight.

A further period of heavy rain is possible tomorrow evening and overnight.

Forecasters say there remains some uncertainty associated with the exact track of Cyclone Gabrielle, and the warning may be upgraded to a Red Warning, especially for inland areas.

The Orange Strong Wind Warning also covers Tararua District from 5pm today until midday tomorrow.

East to southwest winds are forecast to be severe at times, with gusts reaching 120 km/h in exposed places over the period.


Emergency Management Minister, and local MP, Kieran McAnulty is urging people to be prepared for the possible effects of Cyclone Gabrielle.

Mr McAnulty told The Country that things are looking quite concerning, and say people should take things “very seriously”.

He says people should keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and have preparations for three days.


The Porangahau Fishing Club has made the decision to postpone its upcoming fishing competition.

The Four Kings Crutching – Elgin Angus Four Day competition was due to start this Wednesday.

The Committee made the decision last Friday to postpone the event due to the forecast weather.

A new date is expected to be announced tomorrow.