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State Highway 5 – the Napier-Taupo Road will close for six hours overnight tomorrow.

Waka Kotahi says the closure is to allow for urgent work to the bypass constructed between Te Pohue and Glengarry.

Agency spokesperson Andre Taylor says they understand any closures of this nature are frustrating for people, however, by doing this essential work at night, they are hoping disruption will be minimised.

He says the temporary bypass now needs some urgent work to ensure the road surface remains resilient and fit for use over the next few months until the adjoining long-term solution is complete.

Mr Taylor says contractors are making good progress on a permanent fix.


Local trampolinist Lachie Kirk will come home with a bronze medal from the Australian Trampoline Nationals held last week.

In the finals, Lachie placed third in the Senior men’s Double Mini Trampoline, earning him the bronze.

Lachie also competed in the Junior Under 22 Tumbling, where he finished 4th overall, and had an 8th placing in the Senior Men’s Trampoline.


Members of local fire brigades took part in the 19th annual Firefighter Sky Tower Challenge in Auckland on Saturday.

Eight local brigades entered this years Challenge – Dannevirke, Takapau, Otane, Porangahau, Pahiatua, Norsewood, Waipukurau, and Silver Fern Farms Takapau.

Together they raised $47,443, with the Dannevirke Brigade raising $16,066 on their own.

Those taking part don their full firefighting kit to climb the 51 flights of stairs of the Sky Tower.

2023 saw just under $1.5 million raised for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.