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Kiwibank has confirmed the closure of its Waipukurau branch.

In a media statement late Friday, the bank announced the closure of seven of its branches around the country.

Kiwibank said the decision was driven by an increase in customers who wanted to operate in a digital world, resulting in a significant decline in the number of people visiting branches.

The Waipukurau branch will close on the 25th of June this year.

Kiwibank spokesperson Geoff Waller said people in the branch will be working closely with customers to let them know about the different ways of banking, both digital and non-digital.


A joint operation run by Horizon’s Regional Council, Police and Plunket in Dannevirke last week found more than half of the child restraints in vehicles were incorrectly installed.

A Little Buds car set technician also joined the operation, with more than 100 child restraints checked.

60 were found to be incorrectly installed, with 51 found to be installed correctly.

Police issued three compliance tickets, and nine anchor-bolt installations were given out.


Napier Tech claimed the MJF Shrimpton Memorial Trophy on Saturday.

Playing the Ruahine Motors CHB side in the 50-over final, Tech batted first and scored 292-3.

In reply, Central started well, but came up short after being bowled out for 208 in 45 overs.

The result didn’t change CHB winning the overall Premier Competition trophy, the HBCA Challenge Cup.


One person died following a two-vehicle collision in Tararua on Friday.

Emergency services were called to accident on SH2 Pahiatua near Henderson Road at Pahiatua about 5.20pm Friday.

The crash involved a truck and a 4WD ute towing a caravan.

Police said a person in the ute passed away at the scene.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.