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Waipukurau’s Countdown Supermarket was closed for business yesterday due to a refrigeration issue.

A Woolworths NZ spokesperson said a leak from heavy overnight rain on Sunday caused a loss of power to the refrigeration plant at the store.

Work to create a safer and better-connected main street in Waipawa is in full swing, with the construction of “trial improvements” set to get underway from next month.

In 2022, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council was one of 13 councils selected by NZ Transport Agency to receive funding from the Streets for People Programme.

The project includes speed reduction measures, improved walking connections – including two new pedestrian crossings and a raised platform – temporary traffic calming measures such as planter boxes, and a temporary roundabout at the Ruataniwha Street intersection.

Construction of the trial improvements is from Monday February 19th, and is expected to take two months.

Work will be done overnight from 7pm to 6am Sunday to Thursday.

The invasive pest plant, the yellow water lily, has been successfully eradicated from Hawke’s Bay.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council said after thirty years of work, a final check of all known locations in Hawke’s Bay in January found no trace of the plant.

Biosecurity Biodiversity Advisor Darin Underhill said the council started control of yellow water lily in the 90’s, starting with Horseshoe Lake in Central Hawke’s Bay. At that time, half the lake was covered in yellow water lilies.  He said it had been a mammoth effort and a huge win for the region as the plant has a negative impact on water and wildlife wherever it grows.