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Strong winds are expected for Central Hawke’s Bay later this week.

The Metservice has issued its Severe Weather Outlook covering tomorrow through until Friday.

Severe gale winds are forecast to affect many areas, with forecasters expecting severe gale westerlies to hit Central Hawke’s Bay on Friday.


Attributable to Detective Glen Yule, Eastern District Organised Crime Unit

Napier Police are appealing for information following an assault last Saturday night.

Detective Glen Yule said Police were called at about 10.30pm after three people were allegedly assaulted outside an event on Todd Street.

Todd Street is near McLean Park, which hosted the NRL game between the Warriors and Broncos that night.

Mr Yule said two vehicles with a number of occupants approached and assaulted the three men.

One of the victims fled the scene and subsequently called Police.

Yule said the victim told Police he saw the other victims being bundled into one of the two cars before leaving the area.

He said they are working to establish the circumstances of the assault and would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident.


The Napier-Wairoa road will reopen to 24/7 traffic this week.

Waka Kotahi says SH2 will open around the clock from 7am tomorrow.

A spokesperson said over the past weeks, roadworkers have installed guardrail, reflective cat eyes, safety poles, and additional cones to make the section through Devil’s Elbow safe for 24/7 travel.

Strengthening works on the Eskdale Bridge have also been completed, with speed restrictions on the bridge lifted.

Waka Kotahi says there is still significant work to do along the highway, with temporary traffic management still in place on some parts of the road.


A white-tufted kiwi at the Pukaha National Wildlife Centre has been named to honour the area’s special relationship with Poland.

The kiwi has been named Pōrana, or Poland in Te Reo Maori, with a special ceremony held last week to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the central European country.

The ceremony was attended by local iwi, along with Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis, and the Polish ambassador to New Zealand Grzegorz Kowal​.

Pōrana was officially named by Rangitāne o Tamaki nui-ā-Rua and Rangitāne o Wairarapa.