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High turbidity levels following recent heavy rain has seen the Tararua District Council put a Boil Water Notice in place for the Pongaroa water supply.

The Council said yesterday that the filters at the treatment plant are not able to treat water according to NZ Drinking Water Standards.

Pongaroa residents are advised to boil water before drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth, and preparing infant formula.

Three clear days of tests are required before the notice can be lifted.


One person died in a single vehicle crash near Pahiatua yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the accident, on Tutaekara Road about 3.30pm.

A Police spokesperson said one person died at the scene, and that their condolences were with the persons family.

Tutaekara Road and Nikau Road were still closed late last night while Police carried out their investigation.


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has announced that an area of Waipawa has been moved from Category 2C to Category 1 following flooding from Cyclone Gabrielle in February.

Affected residents were advised of the move last Friday.

Regional Council Chair, Hinewai Ormsby, said it is very good news for the affected people of Waipawa.

Central Hawke’s Bay Deputy Mayor, Kelly Annand, said the move was positive news, and will enable affected property owners to move on with their repairs and forward with their lives.

Regional Council Asset Group Manager, Chris Dolley, said stopbank repairs protecting the town of Waipawa is complete, and has returned to pre-cyclone status.


Waipukurau Bowling Club members James Burne and Bevan Webb made it to the quarterfinals of Bowls NZ’s Champion of Champions Pairs.

The competition was held in Dunedin from last Friday to Sunday, with James and Bevan, recording a win over Taranaki on Friday.

On Saturday, they went down to Wairarapa, but recorded wins over North Otago and a Waikato team.

The pair made it through to Sunday’s quarterfinals but were beaten.