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The RSA is angered after the War Memorial at Hatuma was vandalised on Friday night.

Peter Jackson, the RSA’s District President for Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and East Coast said the local community was upset by the damage.

He called the damage a “senseless act of vandalism”.

Jackson said although a plan was already being put in place, it wouldn’t be possible to repair the damage before Anzac Day.

He said the damaged plaque will remain in place to ensure those from the District who served can be represented and honoured.

The damage at Hatuma follows previous incidents, including the National War Memorial in Wellington which was defaced by protestors.

Mr Jackson said the RSA supports New Zealanders’ right to protest, but memorials are not the place to do it.

The Makaramu Bridge at Porangahau has been reopened to heavy traffic.

In February the bridge was restricted to light vehicles only following an engineering inspection.

Last week fabricated steel was lowered from the top of the bridge down to the pier underneath.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said on Friday that the work had been completed, and the bridge was now open to traffic up to Class 1.

There is currently a 50km speed limit while scaffolding remains up.

Hawke’s Bay Police announced two arrests have been made in relation to a van full of rugby supporters being shot at in Hastings nearly two weeks ago.

The incident happened following a rugby game between Tamatea and northern Hawke’s Bay based YMP.

Those arrested appeared in the Hastings District Court last Thursday, facing charges of reckless driving and unlawful assembly.

Police said multiple search warrants were executed and several vehicles involved in the incident had also since been seized.

A Police spokesperson said further arrests were likely.

A pedestrian has died on State Highway 2 at Matamau.

Police said the accident happened around 3.20am Monday between Ormond Rd and Tataramoa Rd.

A spokesperson said the male pedestrian died at the scene, and the Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

The Highway was closed for a number of hours but was opened again around 8.30am.

Weekend rugby results from the Hawke’s Bay competition :

Premier Grade : Aotea - 29 vs CHB - 47
Women’s : CHB - 15 vs Clive - 37
Country Grade: Otane – 37 vs WCUMR – 19
Porangahau – 38 vs Eskview – 10
CHB – 17 vs Takapau - 20