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The Metservice has issued a Heavy Rain Watch for Hawke’s Bay.

The watch covers the 48-hour period from 10am today until 10am Saturday.

Forecasters say Hawke's Bay could see an extended period of rainfall, and the Watch is likely to be upgraded to a Warning.


Alternate day water restrictions have been put in place for the Dannevirke township.

The restrictions were implemented last night and come after the Tamaki River was heavily impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.

The Tararua District Council said the river has very high flows, debris and turbidity levels.

Since last week Dannevirke has relied on its impounded supply, with residents asked to conserve water.

The Council said if consumption doesn’t reduce immediately, higher water restrictions may be needed.


Local farmers and growers affected by Cyclone Gabrielle can now apply for grants from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Up to $10,000 is available for pastoral and arable farmers and growers to help initial recovery, such as repairs to water infrastructure.

Growers can receive $2000 per hectare, up to a maximum of $40,000, for the likes of removing silt from trees and vines and other clean-up work.

The grants are part of a $25 million Government package announced earlier this week, with applications now open.

Full details are available on the MPI website.


It will be at least another week before State Highway 50 is expected to reopen.

The Highway has been closed north of Tikokino since Cyclone Gabrielle.

Yesterday, Waka Kotahi said bridge inspections and debris removal works are underway, and they expect public access to be restored in a week.

Picture: Pourerere Road