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Waipukurau’s main street and other parts of the CBD were flooded yesterday afternoon following a heavy thunderstorm.
Metservice had issued a Thunderstorm Watch for Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District yesterday afternoon, with about 40 to 50mm of rain falling in Waipukurau in the space of half an hour around 4.30pm.
Main street business, Rural Accountants, posted a video on social media of the flooding coming up to its front doors.
Central FM is aware of businesses in surrounding streets having to take action due to the amount of water, with water in some parts of the town ankle deep.
The Thunderstorm Watch was lifted around 8pm.


In the wake of yesterday’s rainfall, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is asking people not to enter the Tukituki River from Mt Herbert Road downstream to Tapairu Road until further notice.

The Council said the heavy rain caused an overflow from the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Pah Flat drain that connects to the river.

Signage has been put in place, and the Council said water samples have been collected and sent for analysis.


A livestream will be available of today’s attempt to break the three stand 8-hour strong wool ewes shearing record. Hemi Braddick, Ray Kinsman and Flynn Harvey are attempting to break the record of 1611 at Pohuetai Station in Dannevirke.

The attempt is being livestreamed on the website


The annual Bay Motorcycles Tour de Beautiful Cycle Race is being this Sunday. After being a mountain bike only event for the last two years, organisers have returned to the original road race format.

Good early entries have come in for the 100km and 50km courses, with the 100km course taking the roads out to Porangahau and back.

A lack of entries saw organisers cancel the 25km option. 

Cycling CHB spokesman Robbie Hislop, who has ridden in the tour numerous times since it started in the 1990’s, says there are some good spots for spectators to watch the action including the Porangahau township and the Wanstead gorge.

He says the finish-line at Jellicoe Street is also exciting for spectators.

Online entries close today at, with on the day registrations being taken from 7 – 8.15am Sunday at CHB College.