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Only a handful of spaces remain for the ‘Back on Track Bingo Night’ at Pongaroa this Friday night.

Comedian Te Radar will host the event at the Pongaroa Hall as part of his visits to cyclone affected communities.

Prior to this he will spend time with roading teams at Tararua Alliance and meet the community at Herbertville.

Mayor Tracey Collis said she is pleased to be welcoming such an iconic personality to the district and is looking forward to showing him the incredible resilience of our communities.

The Tararua District Cyclone Recovery Program and the Rural Support Trust have organised the visit.

Anyone wanting to register for Friday night’s event at Pongaroa can head to the Central FM website and click on the link on our Community Notices page.


A man was taken to hospital with facial burns following a house fire in Waipukurau yesterday.

Emergency services were called around 2.45pm to the fire on Gaisford Terrace, with Police shutting the road off.

The man, who was the only occupant of the house, was pulled from the rear of the property and was treated on the side of the road by St John Ambulance staff before being flown to hospital with critical injuries.

It has been reported he was then flown to Wellington Hospital.

Police and a fire safety investigator were on scene into the evening looking into the cause of the blae.


The SH50-Waipawa River Bridge will be re-opened to traffic this coming Friday.

A washout saw the bridge closed in late June, and since then more than 16,000 tonnes of aggregate has been used to rebuild the approach to the bridge.

Waka Kotahi Hawke’s Bay/Tairāwhiti System Manager Martin Colditz says SH50 is a crucial link north for the Central Hawke’s Bay community and an important connection to and from the lower North Island.

He says getting this part of the network back up and running has been a significant priority, with a massive effort by contractors.

A blessing ceremony will be held on-site tomorrow prior to Friday’s re-opening.


It is finals time for the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball competition.

Tonight’s games see Central Sports Vet Services HB in playoff for third and fourth against HHSOG Huia at 6.15pm.

Otane Thirsty Whale will play All In : Elusive for the title at 7.45pm at the Pettigrew Green Arena.