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A woman reported missing from the Whakatu area on Sunday has been located safe and well.

Police had concerns for Jessica Kim, who was seen getting into a ute at Te Ara Kahikatea, with a spokesperson saying she looked "distressed".

The 26-year-old was located "safely in Central Hawke's Bay" according to a statement. Police thanked the public for their concern.

Central Hawke’s Bay Police say they are extremely concerned with the behaviours of several locals who are putting themselves and other motorists at extreme risk on our roads.

Sergeant Neil Baker says Police are seeing a number of motocross bikes being ridden through town in extremely dangerous conditions.

He says on Monday evening, Police observed two bikes being ridden at speed on State Highway 2 with no lights and both riders were not wearing helmets.

Police attempted to stop the bikes which then increased their speeds and continued down Tavistock Road.

Mr Baker says this behaviour is totally unacceptable and likely to end badly for the rider or for other motorists.

He says the bikes are totally unsuitable for road use.

Mr Baker is urging anyone with information to come forward and advise Police before someone gets seriously hurt.

Central Hawke’s Bay’s Mayor and Councillors will hold a Facebook Live event tonight to outline Councils’ draft three-year, Road to Recovery, plan.

The Councils’ preferred option will see rates increase 20% next year followed by an increase of 15.6% in year 2, and 10.9% in year 3.

Three different options are outlined in the consultation document, which focuses on four key areas of land transport, drinking and wastewater investment, prioritising stormwater, and service reductions and efficiencies.

The Facebook Live event is from seven o’clock tonight on the CHB District Council Facebook page. Public consultation will close on the 12th of May.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has launched an online calculator for property owners to see the effect of proposed rates increases.

Average rates increases proposed in the Regional Council’s draft three-year plan in CHB range from 40% for commercial properties to 62% for residential.

Horticultural properties are proposed to increase by 31%, while farms will see an average reduction of 18%.

The online calculator, and details of the draft three-year plan, are on the HBRC website.

A funeral service for well-known local, Valda Peacock, will now be held tomorrow.

The service was originally advertised for today at St Mary’s Church in Waipukurau, however will now be held from 11am tomorrow.

A stalwart of local theatre, Valda passed away last week.