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A truck driver was taken to Palmerston North Hospital after a Fonterra milk tanker collided with a bridge south of Dannevirke yesterday.

The incident happened around 2pm on the Oringi North Overbridge on State Highway 2.

Police, fire and ambulance were all called to the scene.

The Highway was closed until just after 6pm, with traffic diverted along Maharahara Road.

The driver suffered moderate injuries.


A Strong Wind Watch has been issued for Tararua District and areas of Hawke’s Bay south of Napier.

The Metservice says a deepening low approaching New Zealand from the east will bring an extended period of strong to gale south to southwest winds through until late tomorrow.

The Strong Wind Watch covers the 24 period from midday today, with forecasters saying southwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places, mainly near the coast.


Secondary School students in Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua will be at home today due to a teachers strike.

The Post Primary Teachers Association announced the latest action just eight days after a strike involving tens of thousands of teachers nationwide.

PPTA acting president Chris Abercrombie said pay and work conditions needed to improve to keep teachers in the classroom, attract new graduates, and encourage ex-teachers to return.

While secondary schools are closed for general instruction today, some, such as Central Hawke’s Bay College, will be open for limited supervision of students.


The Royal New Zealand Navy Band will stop off in Central Hawke’s Bay today with a performance in Otane this afternoon.

The band will provide the entertainment at the Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils Community Roadshow.

The Roadshow – which will have information on Council services, budget support, animal services, and representatives from Tihei Tamatea, Age Concern, and the Ministry of Social Development – is being held at the Otane Hall from 2.30pm, running until 6pm.

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band will begin their performance at 3pm.