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Fire crews from Dannevirke, Norsewood, Weber, and the Tamatea Rural Fire Force were called to a vegetation fire at Weber yesterday.

Fire and Emergency received a call around 12.30pm, with firefighters on-site for a number of hours.

Later in the day, Fire and Emergency NZ incident reports show crews from Norsewood, Dannevirke, Tamatea, Te Uri, and Weber were called to a fire at Te Uri.

The call came in just before 5.30pm.


Pahiatua could run out of treated water in about a week following an issue at the town’s Water Treatment Plant.

On Monday, the Tararua District Council called for residents and businesses to conserve as much water as possible as the plant was unable to treat enough water.

Yesterday, the Council said if demand continued to outstrip supply, the town would run out of water in eight days.

A Total Outdoor Water Ban is now in effect.


SH5 – the Napier-Taupo Road was closed following a fatal crash overnight.

Emergency services were called to the accident at Te Pohue just after 2.30am.

Police said only one vehicle was involved in the accident, and the driver, who was the sole occupant, died at the scene.

State Highway 5 was to reopen at seven this morning.


After settled weather for the past week, strong winds are forecast for Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District over the coming days.

In its Severe Weather Outlook, Metservice says a strong northwest flow will precede a cold front expected to move northwards over New Zealand on Thursday and early Friday.

Forecasters have a low confidence of severe gale northwesterlies for CHB and Tararua District over this period.

There is also a moderate confidence of severe northwest gales for both districts on Sunday.