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State Highway 2 between Norsewood and Takapau was closed for a part of yesterday following a truck accident.

Emergency services were called after a report a truck had rolled about 10.30am.

Another truck was also reportedly involved in the accident.

A rescue helicopter was initially called to the scene, however wasn’t required.

Waka Kotahi said the highway was reopened just before 5pm, but that a 50km/hr speed limit would be in place overnight last night.


Hawke’s Bay Regional Council rates will rise on average six percent for the coming year.

Regional councillors met yesterday to adopt the Annual Plan, which saw rates rise lower than the initial 14.5% signalled in Councils’ Long Term Plan.

In addition to the rates increase, a regional cyclone recovery charge has been introduced.

On top of a $55 fixed charge, there will also be a variable rate based on land value.

The cyclone charge will raise an extra $5.88 million to help cover unplanned response and recovery costs.


A major drug bust in Hawke’s Bay and Auckland has seen nine people arrested – six of them in Hawke’s Bay – along with drugs, guns, gold, and around $200,00 in cash seized.

Detective Senior Sergeant John McCarthy said a series of search warrants were executed last Friday.

He said overall, the operation saw 30 kilograms of cannabis, a quantity of MDMA and cocaine, and three firearms seized.

The Central District Asset Recovery Unit has also restrained four properties, eight vehicles, and other valuable assets.

Those arrested face a variety of charges, and the six who were arrested in Hawke’s Bay will reappear in the Napier District Court on the 9th of August.


Wins for both local teams in the latest round of the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball competition last night.

Otane Thirsty Whale beat MAC Blue 46-29, with Vet Service CHB beating HHSOG Huias 43-34.

Otane sit top of the Super 8 table with five wins from five games, and a total of 20 points.

Central are currently in 5th place.