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A climate resilience project in Central Hawke's Bay is on track, thanks to the Government's shovel-ready COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funding. The project will protect the Waipawa riverbanks from erosion, and will also minimise risk to the northern side of the road coming up to the bridge at State Highway 50 where it crosses the river. Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chief Executive James Palmer says the Waipawa River erosion control is the first of a raft of projects to kick off in the region, supporting local employment while giving yia community a resilient transport connection into the heart of Hawke's Bay. Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash, says this work is supporting the local economy while building the region's long-term resilience to the changing climate. 

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NZTA is advising drivers of planned overnight closures on the Saddle Road over a two week period. The Agency says the closures are for essential resurfacing on the road, with the detour route via the Pahiatua Track. The closures are from 6pm to 6am from this Sunday the 14th through to next Friday the 19th. The overnight closures will again take place for another six nights from Sunday the 21st to Friday 26th. NZTA says roadworks are dependent on weather and other factors, nd may be canceled or postponed at late notice