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As part of Road Safety Week, a child car restraint clinic is being held in Waipukurau this morning.

Car seat technicians will be available to undertake a free check on how child restraints are fitted in vehicles, and also offer advice on how to fit them correctly.

The free clinic is being held at the Waipukurau Scout Hall and carpark from 9.30am until midday today, with no bookings necessary.


Industrial action by secondary school teachers will see different year groups rostered home over the next two days.

Year 9 students will be rostered home today, with Year 10 students tomorrow.

The industrial action will continue into early June.


A key Central Hawke’s Bay bridge has reopened to trucks and other heavy vehicles.

The 99-year-old Patangata Bridge was closed after sustaining significant damage from Cyclone Gabrielle in February.

Following assessment, the bridge was reopened to traffic with a 3.5 tonne weight limit.

Mayor Alex Walker said restoring full access has been a top priority as the bridge is a vital link for our rural economy.

She said the restricted weight limit saw o average 30 trucks a day having to face lengthy detours.

The bridge has now been strengthened meaning it can now be used by all traffic.