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579 properties in Central Hawke’s Bay have been placed into the Category 2 classification following Cyclone Gabrielle.

Provisional classifications were released yesterday, with Category 1 properties deemed to be safe, with Category 2 meaning some level on intervention is needed; with Category 3 properties those where severe weather event risks cannot be sufficiently mitigated.

Porangahau, the lower part of Waipawa, and the Elsthorpe areas are the where nearly all of Category 2 properties are located.

The region has 236 Category 3 properties, however none of these are in CHB.

The regions Mayors and Regional Council Chair said in a joint statement yesterday they were pleased with the announcement which provides further and much-needed clarity for communities severely impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says a decision to grant resource consent for a new Countdown supermarket at the site of the old Waipukurau Saleyards has not yet been made.

Along with construction and operation of a new supermarket, the proposal also includes construction of a new vehicle crossing on Takapau Road.

Concerns have been raised by some in the community about traffic flows on Takapau Road, as well as pedestrian, mobility scooter, and cycle access to the new supermarket.

The Council said in a statement to Central FM earlier this week that it has not issued a decision on the consent as it is still undergoing due process.

We have approached Countdown supermarket for comment.


Feedback on the Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils’ draft Annual Plan for 2023/24 closes today.

The Council is planning a district-wide rates increase of 10.88%, with rural areas potentially facing a 13% increase next year.

Full details of the plan, along with how to submit feedback, is available on the Council website.


A new time capsule will be placed in the ground in Dannevirke on Monday.

The Dannevirke Community Board will hold an event at the Hall Street reserve to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation by planting a Kowhai tree.

Along with this, Dannevirke’s 25-year-old time capsule, which was lifted last December as part of the 150-years of European settlement celebration, will be placed back into the ground.

The Community Board will also place a new time capsule alongside the old one to be lifted in 25 years’ time.

The event will start at 2pm Monday.


The Central Hawke’s Bay Rugby Sub-Union will field a team against Wairarapa Bush on Monday.

The game, for the Stu Smith Memorial, will be played at Central Park in Waipukurau, with kick-off at 2pm.

Meanwhile in club rugby this weekend, only the Premier and Division 1 teams will play.

The Central Prems will take on Napier Tech from 3pm tomorrow at Central Park, with Aotea in Division 1 playing Clive at Farndon Park.

The Dannevirke Colts, playing in the Manawatu Competition, have no game this weekend.