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There have been no reports of any major damage from yesterday morning’s strong earthquake centred near Porangahau.

The magnitude 5.2 shake was only 10km deep and was centred 20kmwest of Porangahau.

Fire & Emergency NZ reported no callouts as a result of the quake, and Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive, Doug Tate, said they had received no reports of damage.

Yesterday Council engineers were sent to check the Makaramu Bridge which connects Porangahau to Te Paerahi Beach following the quake.

Earlier in the week the bridge had been restricted to light vehicles after an inspection showed structural concerns.

Mr Tate said yesterday’s check showed no change.


After two previous unsuccessful attempts, the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter will be on display for locals at Russell Park in Waipukurau tomorrow.

Open Day’s were planned in both 2022 and 2023, but both had to be cancelled.

Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Trust spokesperson Amber MacArthur said the day is a way to say thanks to the Central Hawke’s Bay community for its support of the service.

She said people will be able to take a look through its main helicopter for a gold coin donation.

Amber said Police, Fire & Emergency NZ, and the team from Brandt NZ will also setup at Russell Park.

The Open Day is a family event, with facepainting, bouncy castle and food available, including burgers from Rapid Relief.

Amber said members of the Trust team will also be on hand to chat to those who are keen to support the helicopter service.

The rescue helicopter open day is from 10am to 2pm tomorrow.


Surfing for Farmers will be held this afternoon at Porangahau Beach from 4pm.

The free event, which is open to anyone over the age of 18, was originally planned for yesterday, however the weather forecast saw organisers push it out until today.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says community investment on a new water main on Pōrangahau Road over the past two years significantly reduced the potential impact to hundreds of residents following a main break earlier this week.

Level 4 restrictions were put in place on Wednesday morning following the break that left the own reservoir at only 25% of capacity.

The break occurred on an old main used for firefighting only, which is due to be decommissioned late this year.

Council Chief Executive Doug Tate said the event shows the investment made over the past couple of years has paid off, andshows the importance of the continued investment across our water networks for the future.