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One person was flown to Hawke’s Bay Hospital with moderate injuries yesterday after becoming trapped under a digger.

Emergency services, including three fire appliances, were called just after 1.30pm to the accident on Pourerere Road.

It has been reported the digger tipped over, trapping the person.


Metservice says there is a moderate confidence of rainfall accumulations reaching warning criteria over the weekend and early next week.

Metservices Severe Weather Outlook says areas of Hawke’s Bay south of about Tutira will be affected, with a moderate confidence of heavy rain Saturday and Sunday, dropping to a low confidence on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile forecasters say there is also a low confidence a heavy rain warning will be required for eastern parts of Tararua District from tomorrow through until Tuesday.


Temporary traffic management and detours will be in place around Bogle Brothers Esplanade all day tomorrow.

Council contractor Downer will be undertaking minor repair work on a section of the road, starting at 6am.

Downer says the work will be completed by 6pm.

Access to Bogle Bros Esplanade from Russell Street, Peel Street, Takapau Road and Ruataniwha Street will be closed.

Meanwhile STOP/GO activity will be in place on Great North Road through Waipawa today.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says work to increase water supply resilience and reliability is ongoing, meaning STOP/GO’s will be in place from 9am to 3pm.


A Spitfire plane will fly over parts of Tararua District today as celebrations get underway for the centenary of military aviation in New Zealand.

A day of celebrations are planned at Wigram in Christchurch tomorrow, with a Spitfire being flown over many parts of the lower North Island today to begin the celebrations.

Squadron Leader Sean Perrett said although the RNZAF never operated Spitfires, many Kiwis flew them in the Second World War, mainly in Royal Air Force squadrons.

He said today’s flight is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the 100 years of military aviation in NZ, by displaying an iconic aircraft in which many New Zealanders did their bit.

The Spitfire will pass over Eketahuna at 3.15pm, followed by Pahiatua four minutes later, then Woodville at about 3.21pm.

The flyover is weather dependent.


Transpower says a trip on one of its circuits was the reason for a district-wide power outage in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday morning.

Power went out around 7.20am, with the majority of customers restored just before 8am.

Shortly after the outage, Transpower said they were working on reconfiguring the load at their Waipawa substation, and that Centralines crews were working to get everyone reconnected.


Weekend Rugby :

Manawatu Competition :

The Dannevirke Colts will play Feilding Old Boys Oroua at Kimbolton.

Hawke’s Bay Competition :

Premier Grade : Central vs NOBM at Tremain Field 3pm

Division 1 : Aotea vs Pirates at Rugby Park 3pm

Division 2 : Otane vs WCUMR at Coronation Park 2.45pm

Porangahau vs Pirates at White Domain 2.45pm

Colts : Onga-Tiko vs Havelock North at Matthews Memorial Park 2pm

Division 2A : Takapau vs Havelock North at Anderson Park 2.45pm

CHB vs Eskview at Central Park 2.45pm