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Firefighters from the Waipukurau and Tamatea brigades spent about three hours fighting a grass fire on Saturday.

Firefighters were called around 9am to the fire on Porangahau Road.

Fire & Emergency NZ said the fire covered an area approximately 35 metres by 30 metres.

One person died in a quad bike accident on a rural property at Crownthorpe near Hastings on Saturday.

A statement from Police said the incident happened around 2.30 Saturday afternoon, and that one person sadly died at the scene.

The Police Serious Crash Unit and Worksafe NZ were advised of the incident, and the death has been referred to the coroner.

A windy week is on the way for the Tararua District.

The Metservices’ Severe Weather Outlook says there is a low confidence of severe west or northwest gales at various times for the district today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

Meanwhile a wet Easter weekend is on the way for the region, with Metservice forecasting rain on Good Friday, Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

The Waipawa Butchery CHB Premier cricket team are now in the final of the Hawke’s Bay 50-over competition following their second win over Cornwall in as many weeks on Saturday.

A good crowd turned out to watch the action at Forest Gate Domain. CHB batted first, finishing on 197 for 8. In reply, Cornwall were all bowled out in the 29th over, only managing 128 runs.

CHB Captain Dom Thompson said they are looking forward to the final, which is being played on Friday at McLean Park against Napier Tech.

He said it would be good to see the same support as at the ground as they had on Saturday.

The opening games of the Hawke’s Bay Club Rugby Competition were played at the weekend, with games in the Premier Nash Cup.

Aotea had home advantage over HRS, with Hastings winning 55-22.

Aotea did pick-up a bonus point.

Central Rugby & Sport played Napier tech, with Tech winning 34-27. CHB picked up two bonus points.

This weekend games will be played on Good Friday, with the Country Grade kicking-off as well.