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A woman injured in a single vehicle accident on Porangahau Road last Friday remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The 57 year old was reportedly thrown from a vehicle after it crashed into a ditch.

Meanwhile a 3 year old child, who was seriously injured, has been discharged from Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

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Fire restrictions have been eased in Hawke’s Bay, with the region moved from a Total Fire Ban to a Restricted Fire Season.

The move came into effect yesterday morning following recent rain.

Principal Rural Fire Officer, Trevor Mitchell, says the district recently had 20 millimetres of rain, which helped reduce the risk of a fire spreading out of control.

In a restricted season, people are able to light outdoor fires if they have a permit,

Mr Mitchell says this can be done via www.checkitsalright.nz.

He says the website also provides guidance to users about what they can and can’t do in their area. 

Mr Mitchell says despite the changing conditions, there is still a risk for a planned outdoor fire to get out of control.

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Despite the season not quite being finished, the Ruahine Motors CHB Premier Cricket team has won the overall Hawke’s Bay Championship title for the first time since the 1996/97 season.

Captain Dom Thompson said the Central team beat Napier Tech in the last round of the 50-over competition at the weekend, and combined with other results at the weekend, saw them win the HBCA Challenge Cup.

The local side finished with 103 points, ahead of second placed Havelock North who finished on 98.