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As part of the Government’s national road safety plan, Tararua District Council is consulting on speed limits around schools.

Ensuring safer speed limits around schools is one of the key actions of the road safety plan.

The Council is proposing permanent speed limits of 30km/hr around some schools, with a 30km/hr variable speed limit around others during times of drop-off and pick-up.

There are proposals for other roads in the district adjacent to schools to also have speed limit changes.

Consultation on the changes close on the 20th of August, and the Council says it plans to have the first phase of changes in place by June next year.

Full details of the changes are available on the Council website or from service centres and libraries.


More than 1200 residents across Hawke’s Bay have moved from provisional Category 2 and Category 3 areas into Category 1 following Cyclone Gabrielle.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chair Hinewai Ormsby said it is a huge step forward for the region since land categorisations were announced on the 1st of June.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, Mayor Alex Walker says its positive that so far over 400 of the hardest-hit residents are now able to confidently move forward with their lives.

She said the focus is on supporting the most impacted communities and further hui are taking place over the coming weeks to answer questions, discuss needs and make plans.


Weather conditions are improving at OngaOnga meaning the annual Onga Sevens Tournament will go ahead today.

Primary schools from across CHB are all involved in the tournament, with rugby, netball, hockey, and football games throughout the day.

OngaOnga School Principal Carmen Edgecombe says the opening walk-by starts at about 9.45am, with the first games starting at 10.28am.

Spectators are encouraged to watch the action, and Carmen says a coffee cart and hot food will be available.

This year is the 56th year the Onga Sevens tournament has been held.