After what has been a generally fine week, heavy rain is on the way for Central Hawke’s Bay this weekend.
The Metservice says late tomorrow and Sunday, a low should develop east of Central New Zealand, directing southeasterly rain onto eastern areas.
Forecasters say there is a moderate chance of rainfall reaching warning criteria in CHB, along with the Esk Valley area.
An electrical fault at the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday night caused an overflow of wastewater into the Pah Flat drain, that connects to the Tukituki River from Mt Herbert Rd.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said they were alerted to the issue and were able to manually bypass the electrical fault, with the plant now operating as normal.
Chief Executive Doug Tate said Council takes its responsibility for the environment and health seriously, and any overflow is disappointing.
He said water samples from the Tukituki River have been collected and sent for analysis, with results due in the coming days, and that Council is working with Te Whatu Ora, the Regional Council and mana whenua to manage the impacts of the overflow.
Mr Tate said as a precautionary measure people are asked to refrain from entering the Tukituki River from the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant at the Mt Herbert Rd access downstream to the Tapairu Rd access until further advice.
The two local players in the Hawke’s Bay U18 Women’s team competing at the Vantage National Hockey Tournament were instrumental in the teams quarter final win over Wairarapa yesterday.
Hawke’s Bay opened the scoring in the game, with a goal within the first four minutes.
Wairarapa came back with a goal, with the teams 1-all at half time.
Hawke’s Bay came back fighting in the second half, scoring three further goals, to take the win 4-1.
Emily Brun and Emma Johnson scored two goals each.
Hawke’s Bay now play North Harbour in the semi-finals later today.
Emily is currently the top equal goal scorer for the tournament, with seven goals, with Emma 3rd equal with five goals.
Best of luck to the OngaOnga School team who are competing in the Agrikids final at the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final in Timaru today.
Katie Bibby, Oliver Merridew and Chloe Lawson – known as the OngaOnga Musterers will vie for the title against teams from around New Zealand.