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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has made good progress on fixing the water supply to Waipawa and Otane.

Yesterday residents were asked to critically conserve water due to pump failures at the Tikokino Road borefield.

Tankers were brought in to help fill the reservoir.

Last night the Council said it was only able to open water supply to the top half of Waipawa for a four hour window, shutting it down at 9pm.

Supply was re-opened again at five this morning for another four-hour period.

The Council said they are hopeful to have a more stable supply from the bores in the coming days.

The remainder of Waipawa and Otāne are not impacted.


The Tararua District Council has asked local Police to provide an increased presence in rural communities following Cyclone Gabrielle.

With many unable to access their properties, the Council said an increase in Police presence will help the community feel safer and homeowners have a little peace of mind.


Further event cancellations have been announced this week following Cyclone Gabrielle.

The East Coast Farming Expo in Wairoa, planned for tomorrow and Thursday, has been cancelled.

Last weeks events have also seen the Surfing for Farmers season come to an end early.

The next event was scheduled to take place this Thursday at Pourerere Beach.


Both local Councils have opened Mayoral Relief Funds to help after Cyclone Gabrielle.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis says at this stage, financial support is one of the best ways people can help, with financial donations the most useful as they help to provide what is really needed to those affected.

She say it will take a lot for affected communities to recover, and every little donation will help.

Donations can be made online, or at Council customer service centres and libraries.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, those wanting to donate can do so online, or by visiting local libraries or the Council office in Waipawa to make a donation by cash or EFTPOS.


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