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State Highway 5 – the Napier-Taupo Road, will reopen to daytime traffic from next week.

Earlier this week, conveys of freight trucks began using the road, and Waka Kotahi said in a statement yesterday that it would be open to all traffic, aside from some heavy vehicles, from Monday.

A spokesperson said there are 32 damaged sites along the route, ranging from minor dropouts to significant underslips and washouts, meaning speed restrictions will be in place.

Water trucks will also be operating to suppress dust for communities living in Eskdale.

SH5 will open between 7am and 7pm each day, closing overnight from 7pm to 7am.

Waka Kotahi said the road may need to be closed at short notice, and some planned daytime road closures will be required.


The Patangata Tavern’s Bark-Up for Mental Health being held tomorrow has been fully subscribed.

The Bark-Up is a fundraiser for Farmstrong – who advocate for mental health in the rural sector.

Patangata Tavern owner Aaron Bartlett said the idea came about over a year ago, with similar events held down south.

The loudest dog will get $500 cash plus sponsor prizes, second $300 plus sponsor prizes, and third placegetter $150 cash and sponsor prizes.

There is also a children’s section.

While entries may have closed off, the public are welcome to go along to the Patangata Tavern from 3.30pm tomorrow.


Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating a high number of burglaries over the past two to three weeks.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the burglaries have been right across the district.

The burglaries include two bikes stolen from a shed at St Josephs School in Waipukurau, a cash register taken from Lisa’s Chicken Hut, and motorbikes stolen from a property on Bibby Street in Waipawa.

Mr Walker said in one case, over $4000 worth of tools was taken after a shipping container was broken into on Gwavas Road at the end of February.

He said Police were also called to a home in Porangahau after human faeces were found in the home’s hallway.

Andy Walker said there have been a number of complaints about suspicious vehicles, and asks people to be on alert, and get descriptions of vehicles, including registration plates.

Anyone with any information on the recent burglaries is asked to contact local Police.


Meeanee Speedway has been given the green light to resume following Cyclone Gabrielle.

In a post on its Facebook page this week, a spokesperson said they had been given the green light to run on Saturday the 25th of March.

The event will feature ministocks, sidecars, production saloons, and stockcars.


The Waipawa Butchery CHB Premier Cricket team will play Napier Old Boys Marist tomorrow in Round 10 of the MJF Shrimpton Memorial 50-over competition.

The game is being played at Forest Gate Domain at OngaOnga from 11am.

CHB is currently second on the points table for the competition, with Marist sitting at the bottom of the table.