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The Police Serious Crash Unit is investigating a fatal crash near Dannevirke early Wednesday.

Emergency services were called to the single vehicle crash on State Highway 2 near the intersection with Otanga Road just after 5.30am.

The highway was closed to all traffic for about an hour, before being reduced to one lane under stop/go until about 11.15am, when all lanes were re-opened.


A Porangahau man has been found guilty on three charges following the death of his infant daughter.

Seven-month-old Hineteaorangi Maraki was found deceased in her bed on the morning of the 8th of October 2019, with an autopsy revealing she had suffered a fractured skull and blunt force trauma to her head.

Rawiri Sciascia appeared in the Hastings District Court on Wednesday charged with causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard, and two charges of assault with a weapon - charges which he pleaded not guilty too.

However, he was found guilty and convicted by Judge Bridget Mackintosh.

Sciascia had earlier pleaded guilty to a representative charge of assaulting a child.

Police did not charge him with killing his daughter as her cause of death could not be proven.


One person received minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment after a van crashed near Tikokino on Tuesday.

The accident happened just after midday after the northbound van left the road, crashed through a fence, and ended up on its side in a paddock.


The Tararua District Council is continuing with its Long Term Plan consultation with public meetings in Pongaroa and Herbertville today.

The council is holding a series of meetings to discuss the Long Term Plan with the public able to talk to councillors about the plan, and provide feedback.

Council will also provide a BBQ for those going along.

Today’s meetings are at the Pongaroa Community Hall from 10am – midday, followed by the Herbertville Hotel from 2pm – 4pm.

Copies of the draft LTP will be available at the meetings, or can be downloaded from the Council website.

Consultation closes on the 12th of May.


The Porangahau and Central rugby teams will play each other tonight.

The game will be played at Central Park from 6.30pm, and is being played earlier this week due to the start of duck-shooting on Saturday.