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It is unknown when State Highway 50 between OngaOnga and Tikokino will reopen again after the abutment leading onto the SH50/Waipawa River Bridge was washed away due to heavy rain.

Police closed the highway on Saturday morning, with concrete blocks put on the road to stop vehicles from using it.

Waka Kotahi says it is unknown when repairs will be made.

Traffic is being diverted along Bridge Street and the Waipawa – Tikokino Road.


A boil water notice is expected to be in place for the Waipukurau township for most of this week.

The notice was issued late Friday night due to high turbidity levels in the Tukituki River.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said residents should boil their water before drinking, preparing food, brushing teeth, and preparing infant formula.

Water tankers are available outside the Scout Hall on River Terrace, and across from GM Panelbeaters on Racecourse Road.

Three clear days of tests are required before the Boil Water Notice can be lifted.


River levels have dropped substantially over the past 24 hours following days of heavy rain.

Rivers peaked around midnight on Thursday, and while there were some concerns over how stop banks would hold up, there were no major incidents.

Central Hawke’s Bay recorded up to 280mm of rain over the past week – the highest amount at one of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council monitoring sites near the ranges.

A Heavy Rain Warning was lifted on Saturday night, and the Metservice says there is low confidence a rainfall warning will be needed for the region tomorrow.


A ticket sold at Paper Plus Waipukurau for Saturday night’s Lotto draw is worth just under $24,000.

The ticket was one of 23 to win a share of the second division, picking up the holder $23,939.


Weekend Rugby Results :

Manawatu Competition :

Dannevirke Colts  7  vs  Feilding Yellows  10


Hawke’s Bay Competition :

Premier Grade :  CHB  23   vs  HRS  24

Division One :  Aotea  30  vs  Havelock North  36

Division Two :  WCUMR  0   vs   Porangahau  12

                          Otane 51   vs   HRS   7

Colts :   Onga-Tiko  50   vs   NOBM   7

Division 2A -  TRSC   50   vs  Takapau  5