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The Tararua District Council says the treated water supply at Pahiatua remains vulnerable – despite progress being made with repairs.

Water conservation has been called for since early this week, including the Council implementing a total outdoor water use ban.

In an update yesterday, the Council said progress had been made, with the focus now on replenishing the reservoir, which remains critically low.

A spokesperson said if the plant requires a total shutdown, the town only has a day and a half of treated water remaining.

Despite strong calls for saving water, the spokesperson said only 27,000 litres less water has been used compared to the previous week – a 2.1% saving on the 1.3 million litres used each day.

The Council is continuing to ask residents to conserve water and will provide an update on the situation on Monday.


The Strong Wind Warning for Tararua District, and Strong Wind Watch for Hawke’s Bay are expected to be lifted this morning.

Wind gusts of up to 120km/hr were expected for Tararua District overnight.

The forecast of strong winds saw Waka Kotahi issued an area warning for drivers travelling on SH2 between Dannevirke and Hastings.

Metservice forecasters say there is a high possibility of severe west to northwest gales for CHB and Tararua District on Sunday and Monday.


Local Police are concerned at the high number of family harm incidents.

Since the 1st of September, Police have been called to 18 such incidents.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said some of the incidents have resulted in some quite serious assaults.

He said alcohol appears to be a big factor.

Mr Walker said alcohol was also a factor in an assault that occurred at a local hotel last Saturday.

A male is facing two charges after an alleged assault on another male, and the victims mother.


The Magpies will play their final home game in the Bunnings Warehouse NPC round robin tonight.

The Manawatu Turbos are their opponents at McLean Park, with kick-off at 7.05pm.

Hawke’s Bay is currently 7th on the table, with four wins and three losses from their games so far, while Manawatu are currently placed 13th.

The team that wins tonight’s game will secure the Kel Tremain Memorial Trophy.

Gates at McLean Park will open at 4.30 this afternoon, with the Hurricanes Heartland U20 – Chiefs Heartland U20 game the curtain raiser, kicking off at 4.50pm.