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Traffic on State Highway 50 was disrupted yesterday after a stock trailer overturned near Tikokino.

Emergency services were called to the accident just after 8.30am, which occurred near the intersection with Matheson Road.

About a dozen bulls were trapped inside the trailer when it overturned, but thanks to emergency services with the help of local farmers they were all freed successfully.

The highway was reduced to one lane for about three hours, and was fully closed for about an hour.


Water restrictions have been lifted for Dannevirke.

The Tararua District Council said yesterday that turbidity levels in the Tamaki River have improved, as had reservoir levels.

Restrictions had been in place since Cyclone Gabrielle struck.

The Council asked residents to still conserve water and practice responsible use where possible.


Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty has lifted the National State of Emergency for Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti.

Yesterday Mr McAnulty announced that the declaration would end at 8.43am today, with both areas moving into the national transition period.

McAnulty said the move to the transition provides local Civil Defence with the powers they may need during the recovery, such as clearing roads and disposing of dangerous materials.


Local hockey umpire Bradley Booth has been named a finalist in the Community Umpire of the Year category in the Hockey NZ Annual Awards.

Winners will be recognised on the 29th April at the Pro League series in Christchurch.