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Police are seeking sightings of a Gisborne man who visited Hawke’s Bay on the night of Cyclone Gabrielle and hasn’t been heard from since.

Joseph Ahuriri left Gisborne at 4pm on Monday February 13th, bound for Hawke’s Bay, intending to be back home around 2am the following day.

Due to weather conditions, Mr Ahuriri stayed at a hotel on Marine Parade Napier, and was seen leaving there shortly before 4.30am on February 14th.

Police say his vehicle - a white Toyota Hilux, registration DZH116 – was seen on CCTV in Havelock North – heading south – at 5.15am, and did not return.

Police say they, along with his whanau, want to know where he is and that he is safe.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 105, or via using ‘Update Report’ and quote file number 230225/2804.


Vet Services will hold a community day at its Waipukurau premises tomorrow.

Michelle Cameron from Vet Services says with all of the recent events going on, and it being a hard time for many, the community day is for people to have some fun, and to get some support.

She says what they are trying to achieve is have farmers or other people come in with their families, leave the kids for a couple of hours to be entertained, while they talk to people that they need to speak too.

The community day will also have a movie theatre setup, Mr Whippy ice-cream truck, and a BBQ, and is also a chance for people to take a look through the new changes at the Waipukurau clinic.

The day will run from 11.30am to 3pm tomorrow.


The Waipawa Butchery sponsored CHB Premier Cricket Team are back in action this weekend for Round 8 of the MJF Shrimpton Memorial 50-over competition.

The game against Taradale is being played at Taradale Park from 11am tomorrow.

Meanwhile the Stevenson and Taylor Social T20 Cricket Competition continues this weekend.

Spokesperson Mark Boderick says game 1 of Round 3 of the competition will be held at Coronation Park in Waipawa between Waipawa and Wallingford from 3pm Sunday, with spectators welcome.


For those planning travel to Napier today, Waitangi Park Bridge at Clive will be closed for load testing.

Waka Kotahi said the bridge will close from 10am to 3pm.


Manawatu Schools have raised over $1000 for Hawke’s Bay Schools affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

A number of schools in the Manawatu area held a black-and-white fundraiser earlier this week, with school children wearing black and white clothing.