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Some local residents remain without telephone and internet services due to Cyclone Gabrielle.

Porangahau, Wanstead, Otane and Waipukurau are affected by the loss of connectivity to 22 damaged Chorus sites, with approximately 700 homes and businesses impacted.

Chorus spokesperson Steve Pettigrew says some of the damaged sites “are inaccessible or have been completely destroyed, making the situation even more challenging”.

He says teams are working tirelessly to resolve the issues.

Some customers were restored yesterday, and Mr Pettigrew says they are doing everything within their power to ensure that all services are back up and running as soon as possible.

He says the company’s thoughts are with Hawkes Bay residents, and remain steadfast in their commitment to getting the communities affected connected again.


Hawke’s Bay Police impounded 42 cars over the space of a week.

Road Policing Manager, Inspector Matt Broderick, said the cars were impounded between the 17th and 23rd of February – 18 for street racing, and 23 for alcohol or driver licensing offences.

He said in a normal week, around 25 cars would be impounded.

Mr Broderick said removing vehicles and drivers who pose a risk to others, particularly at this time, is an important part of Police’s focus to keep people safe.

He said Police will continue to have a highly visible presence on our roads, especially while we recover from the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle.