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Emergency procedures were initiated at the Government multi-agency building in Waipukurau yesterday following a threat made to a staff member.

An armed Police officer was posted at the buildings’ front door first thing yesterday morning.

Officer in Charge of Central Hawke's Bay Police, Sergeant Neil Baker, said a male was arrested, and will be appearing in Court in due course.

Mr Baker was unable to comment on which agency the person worked for, and could not comment on the nature of the alleged threat at this stage.

The building houses Police, Ministry of Social Development and Corrections staff.

The building was fully opened to the public just after 10am.


The final Surfing for Farmers event for the season is being held tomorrow.

Central Hawke’s Bay joined the Surfing for Farmers initiative this season, with the aim to give farmers, their families and staff a day away from the farm.

Organiser Andy Lee says it has been a successful summer with between 20 and 40 people attending each session so far.

Tomorrow’s session is at Pourerere Beach at 4pm.

Anyone wanting further information can contact Andy Lee at Bayleys Real Estate.


Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency says STOP/GO activity will continue at the College Road to Silverstream roadworks for the next few weeks.

Recently the Agency used real time traffic monitoring for information on traffic delays on the section of State Highway 2 at Pukehou. 

A spokesperson said the monitoring has shown traffic delays have been kept to under two minutes.

They said to keep the project moving, they will use STOP/GO in peak hours for the next few weeks, using the real time monitoring.

If the delay exceeds 5 mins, the STOP/GO will be taken away for a period to allow traffic congestion to ease.

The $13 million realignment is expected to be completed in December.