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Most public health services will resume in Hawke’s Bay from today following disruptions caused by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Te Whatu Ora – Health NZ said elective surgeries at Hawke’s Bay Hospital would go ahead, as would all endoscopy services.

Outpatient appointments at Central Hawke’s Bay, Napier and Hastings are all operating as normal.

Te Whatu Ora says most GP clinics around the region have reopened, but says some practices are offering variable hours and services.


Tararua District Council has lifted boil water notices for Pongaroa and Akitio.

Three days of clear test results saw the notices lifted on Saturday.

Both supplies were affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Meanwhile boil water notices remain in place for the Otane and Waipawa townships.

The notice for Waipukurau was lifted late last week.


In a further blow to the region, the Land Rover Horse of the Year has been cancelled due to Cyclone Gabrielle.

In announcing the cancellation on Friday, organisers said that Hawkes Bay and the wider community have been affected in so many ways, including lives, resources, and infrastructure.

They said they know the decision would be a massive disappointment for many who have planned or qualified for the Horse of the Year, and they share the sadness that another cancellation brings.


State Highway 50 has reopened to traffic following damage sustained by the recent cyclone.

Waka Kotahi spokesperson Jaclyn Hankin said the road had been closed due to flooding, debris removal and bridge inspections and repairs but engineers and contractors worked tirelessly to enable it to reopen.

Repairs and sealing work at the Manga-o-nuku # 3 bridge, north of Tikokino, were completed late last week, allowing the highway to reopen.

Jaclyn Hankin said there may be temporary speed restrictions in place and other changes to the road environment, and asks people to take care, drive to the conditions, obey temporary speed limits and follow the directions of traffic management staff and signs, to help keep everyone safe.