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Periods of heavy rain are set to continue across Hawke’s Bay today.

The Metservice has extended a Heavy Rain Watch for the region, which came into effect yesterday.

Forecasters say in the 20-hour period from eight o’clock last night until 4pm today there would be periods of heavy rain, and that rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria, mainly about the ranges.


Police abandoned a pursuit that started in Central Hawke’s Bay on Saturday morning.

A member of the public alerted Police to a vehicle that was driving at speed and on the wrong side of the road on SH2 near Ashcott Road.

Police located the vehicle a short time later, and signalled for it to stop, but it failed to do so.

A pursuit was initiated but was abandoned due to safety reasons, with Police losing sight of it near Mangaroa Road near Hastings.

Enquiries into locating the vehicle are ongoing.


Central Hawke’s Bay farmer Steve Wyn-Harris was recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

Steve, who is also an owner of and host of the Cockies Hour on Central FM, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He was recognised for his services to the farming industry and rural communities.

Steve said it was a great privilege and an honour to be recognised, and it was a good news story for the farming sector.

He said wife Jane has been brilliant, with them building a successful farming business together and raising three great sons.

Steve said it was great that the rural sector was acknowledged as it is often overlooked on the Honour’s Lists and yet are a significant part of the economy.


Emergency services were called to a number of motor vehicle accidents across the long weekend.

On Sunday afternoon there was a crash on SH2 south of Norsewood at the Mangatewai-Nui River Bridge.

Traffic was disrupted for just over half an hour.

Fire & Emergency has also reported accidents near Ormondville just before 1am Sunday, and one on SH2 between Otane and Waipawa yesterday afternoon.

There was also an accident on SH2 at Poukawa last Friday afternoon, with one person taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in a serious condition.


Wairarapa Bush won the Stu Smith Memorial game against CHB yesterday.

The game was played in wet, muddy conditions at Central Park, with a good number of supporters turning out for the game despite the weather.

Wairarapa Bush won the game 74-12.

In other rugby over the weekend, the Central Prems had a 31-all draw in their game against Napier Tech on Saturday.

It was a close game in Division 1 – with Clive beating Aotea 20-19.