Police spent most of yesterday at a home in Waipukurau after a woman was seriously injured following a suspicious house fire.
Fire & Emergency NZ were alerted just before 4am to the fire at a property in Woburn Street.
Police said a woman was found at the address with serious injuries and was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital by ambulance.
A Police spokesperson said they were making inquiries into the cause of the fire and how the woman came to be injured.
A scene guard was in place while investigators worked at the property.
Local police are investigating two burglaries that occurred over the Labour Weekend break.
Senior Constable Andy Walker said a quad bike was taken from a property near Takapau last Thursday or Friday.
The property was on SH2 near the SH50 intersection, with the bike parked in a shed.
The second burglary was on Leeton Drive in Waipukurau on Sunday or Monday.
Andy Walker said the occupants had been away, and when they arrived home, found the doors to the garden shed had been jemmied open.
A lawnmower, waterblaster and various tools were taken.
Mr Walker said the offenders also took a white Mazda BT50 ute that was parked in the driveway.
Adeane Park in Waipukurau was closed to the public yesterday while a hazardous tree was removed.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said arborists were working to ensure the park was safe and could be re-opened to the public.
A number of locals reported feeling an earthquake that was centred near Waipukurau yesterday.
Measuring 3.6, the quake struck at 11.47am.
Geonet said it was located 5km northeast of Waipukurau, with a depth of 18km.
People from all over the district reported feeling the quake, with some who didn’t, reported hearing their houses or buildings creak at the time.