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A truck driver was taken to Palmerston Norh Hospital in critical condition yesterday following an accident that left the Saddle Road closed for a large part of the day.

Emergency services were called at 6.30am to the accident which happened at the Woodville end of the Saddle.

Police said the truck was the only vehicle involved, with the road reopening just after midday.

Later in the morning emergency services were called to another crash in Tararua District.

Around 9am a train hit a ute on Kakahukura Road.

Two people were taken to Palmerston North Hospital, one in a serious condition, the other in a moderate condition.


Palmerston North Educational Consultant Kevin Palmer has been appointed Limited Statutory Manager at Central Hawke’s Bay College.

Mr Palmer, who has worked in both primary and secondary school schools, including holding management positions, has been an education consultant since 2011.

Over the years he has worked for a number of schools in Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District.

Mr Palmer will take over some of the functions of the school’s Board of Trustees following concerns about behavioural issues at the College.


Former Central Hawke’s Bay Police Officer Shane Brooks has taken on a new role.

Mr Brooks, a Senior Constable, is now based in Palmerston North as a dog handler after graduating from the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre alongside his dog Niho last month.

Senior Constable Brooks had previously fostered nine police dogs, and said he was looking forward to getting started with Niho.

Inspector Todd Southall said it had been a busy and demanding nine weeks formal training for the two handlers who recently graduated, but they had risen to the challenges.


Tickets for the 2023 Spring Fling in Central Hawke’s Bay go on sale from today.

Twenty different events make up the Spring Fling, which will run throughout the months of September and October.

Some events – including the Gwavas Homestead, Garden and Bush Tours, and Punanga Lodge’s Italia afternoon – are expected to sell out quickly.

Tickets, and a copy of the programme, are available through the website