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A man critically injured in a crash on State Highway 2 at Te Hauke late last month has died.

Police were called to the accident on the highway, near Colin White Road, around 9.30am on Sunday the 28th. The crash involved a motorcycle and a car. 

Police said over the weekend that the critically injured motorbike rider passed away in hospital on Friday.

A spokesperson said Polices’ thoughts are with the mans loved ones.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.

With the first anniversary of the devastating Cyclone Gabrielle just over a week away, a number of commemoration events are being held around the region.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, two events will be held on February 14 – one at Waipawa Primary School, the other at the Porangahau Memorial Hall.

Mayor Alex Walker says both gatherings will provide an opportunity for the community to come together, reflect and look ahead with hope and renewed commitment to building back stronger.

She says Cyclone Gabrielle caused deep loss in CHB, with people’s lives, livelihoods, homes and farms impacted forever.

At midday on February 14th a minutes silence will be observed around the region.

Two Waitangi Day events will be held locally tomorrow. 

The annual Otane Waitangi Day Fair will begin at 9am, with a number of stallholders and fun activities for kids being held. The event, organised by Progressive Otane, helps the group with projects around the township.

The Fair will be held in and around the Otane Hall until 2pm tomorrow.

The Otane Fire Brigade will also hold an Open Day tomorrow, with fire engine rides and a sausage sizzle. 

In Tararua District, local iwi and the Woodville Community Collective will hold an event for Waitangi Day.

A powhiri will be held from 8am at Te Ahu a Turanga Marae, with a range of fun and educational activities from 1pm at Fountaine Square, with a closing ceremony and hangi from 5pm at the Marae.

The event is designed to promote unity and understanding around Waitangi Day.

After wind watches and warnings, and periods of heavy rain over recent days, a hot, fine, settled week is on the way for Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District.

Temperatures are expected in the mid to late twenties for Tararua this week, with Central Hawke’s Bay predicted to top the thirtydegree mark for Waitangi Day.