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State Highway 2 through Waipawa was closed again on Tuesday night due to a sewerage leak.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council had staff on-site yesterday looking into the issue.

The first leak was last Friday afternoon at the intersection of High St and Ruataniwha St.

Traffic was diverted for a short time while the sewerage was cleaned up.

Police were called again just after 9pm Tuesday when more sewerage leaked out on to the road.

A Council spokesperson said yesterday that a 3-metre section of pipe requires excavation and replacement, but that the issue is largely resolved.

In the meantime, the Council is advising residents to avoid walking dogs, fishing, or swimming at the Waipawa River downstream of the SH2 Bridge, and that water testing was underway.


Local Police have issued over 100 infringement notices to drivers in CHB last week.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said 118 tickets have been issued, which is quite a lot.

He said the majority were for excess speed in a 100km/hr zone, but there were a few for speeding in a 50km/hr zone.


Te Whatu Ora has responded to media reports of a proposed new regional hospital to be built near Hastings.

The organisation says it is aware of a proposal by a lobby group to build a regional hospital at York Road Hastings, but to date, no official proposal within the Government procurement rules has been made.

Aaron Matthews, Te Whatu Ora’s Director – Capital Investment, Infrastructure and Investment Group, says any statements that the proposed greenfield site is a “preferred option” are therefore purely the opinion of the lobby group.

He says in the meantime, the potential redevelopment of the Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is being assessed as part of the work in Tranche 2 of the Regional Hospital Redevelopment Programme.

Mr Matthews says if alternatives to the location of the hospital were to be considered, that would be assessed through the subsequent development of a business case - a stage Te Whatu Ora is not at.

He says the timing and priority of redevelopment of the hospital is yet to be determined.


Results from last nights Super 8 Netball games :

Thirsty Whale Otane   70    vs    15     All In : Mavericks

VSHB Central Sports    51    vs    57     Napier Girls High School



Years 12 and 13 at local secondary schools are rostered home today due to the PPTA industrial action.

All students will be at school tomorrow, with the industrial action resuming again on Monday next week.