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Police were still late last night searching for a man who led them on a chase in the Herbertville area yesterday.

Numerous Police vehicles were seen in the area throughout the afternoon.

A Police media spokesperson told Central FM that Police responded after sighting a vehicle near Herbertville around 1pm.

The spokesperson said a pursuit was not initiated but the vehicle was followed from a distance maintaining observation.

Road spikes were setup, with a male abandoning the vehicle on Route 52 and fleeing on foot.

The Police spokesperson said enquiries are ongoing and reminds the public in the area to ensure their property is secured, including cars and houses.


Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence’s response to Cyclone Gabrielle is to be reviewed.

Hinewai Ormsby, HBRC Chair and chair of the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Joint Committee, said the review is vital to identify the lessons from the Cyclone and bring together a common understanding of what happened in the region.

She said the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle on our region have been devastating and far reaching.

Ms Ormsby said it is important to move with pace on the review to ensure our communities are prepared for any event in the future.

Terms of reference for the independent operational review are currently being finalised.


A blessing ceremony was held last week as construction of a temporary foot bridge is about to get underway on Rakaiatai Road in the Tararua District.

The Rakaiatai Bridge was washed away during Cyclone Gabrielle, with residents only way of access since then by dinghy across the river.

The temporary footbridge will span some 25 metres across the Manawatu River, and work is also underway to remove the damaged bridge sections from the river bed.

The Tararua District Council said options for a permanent fix are currently being looked at.

Rakaiatai Road is just off the Matamau-Ormondville Road.


The Boil Water Notice put in place for Dannevirke is expected to be lifted today.

The notice was put in place last Friday following routine water sampling.

The Tararua District Council said interim test results from Friday, Saturday and Sunday indicate no e.coli had been detected.

Once final results are received, the Boil Water Notice can be lifted.


A Community Conversation on the Cyclone Gabrielle recovery plan is being held at the Tikokino Town Hall tonight from 6 to 7.30pm.