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A Boil Water Notice issued for Pongaroa last week due to high turbidity levels caused by heavy rain remains in place.

Tararua District Council said in a statement yesterday new cartridge filters had been put back into operation, and while there was less turbidity, the notice would remain in place to ensure the remaining turbidity in the network had flushed through.

An update is expected from the Council later today, but residents are reminded to boil water before drinking, brushing teeth, preparing ice or infant/toddler formula, and food preparation.


Work will begin tomorrow to restore full access to Waipawa’s Harker Street.

Flooding during last years Cyclone Gabrielle severely damaged the southern end of the street, including the protective steel structure under the rail overbridge.

Since then, concrete barriers have been placed under the bridge to prevent vehicle access.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said external funding had been received to restore vehicle access and to repair the protective structure.

Work is expected to take two months to complete.

Waipawa School Principal Paul Jamieson said he is looking forward to the reinstatement of the Harker Street underpass.

He said the 3:00 pm rush to pick up and move on will now be a much calmer and safer experience for students, staff and families.


More than $25,000 has gone back in to supporting community initiatives following a series of comedy events organized by Farmstrong.

Nearly 2000 people turned out to 12 Bitches Box and three comedy shows around the country over the past three months.

The Bitches Box show held at Weber earlier this month was one of many that sold out.

Farmstrong spokesperson Gerard Vaughan said the shows were designed to give farmers and growers the opportunity to take time off farm and to connect with their friends and others in their communities.

He said thanks go to all of the regional Rural Support Trusts, FMG, MPI, Silver Fern Farms and all the community members who got involved and supported the events.


The Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter has received a $50,000 donation from the Winter Olympics event held in CHB.

In its 15th year, the event, which was founded by Claire Wilson, raised a massive $75,000.

A record number of competitors took part in this year’s Winter Olympics, which has now raised nearly $350,000 since it began.

The Dannevirke Hunt Club, whose members play a big part in organizing the event and providing helpers on the day, will receive $25,000 this year.