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Two people were taken to hospital following a motor vehicle accident between Waipawa and Waipukurau on Friday.

Emergency services were called just after 11am to the crash between a ute and a sedan.

Two people were initially trapped in one of the vehicles after it ended up in a ditch.

The accident occurred near the Tapairu Road intersection.

The two people taken to hospital sustained moderate injuries.


A heavy haulage truck had to be called in after a logging truck caught fire near Porangahau early Friday.

Fire and Emergency NZ were called about 3am, with the Porangahau Brigade responded to the scene.

An electrical fault is thought to be the cause of the fire, and the driver was uninjured.

The truck was reported to be heading south on Porangahau Road when the driver noticed smoke coming from the engine.


20,000 plants have been delivered to sites around the new Te Ahu a Turanga : Manawatu
Tararua Highway.

The plants – a mix of riparian and wetland natives - were delivered by helicopter
to a privately owned farm near Woodville recently.

NZTA spokesperson Lonnie Dalzell said it was an exciting milestone for the
landscaping team who have been working towards this point for over a year.

He said the planting is the first of almost two million native shrubs
and trees that will be planted as part of the project’s commitment to leaving
the environment better than we found it. 

The landscaping team has been preparing planting sites in readiness to receive around 255,000 native plants this year.

Dalzell said the rehabilitation of 38km of streams through riparian planting is part of the project’s ecological offset.

He said starting planting now means these areas will have four years of growth before the road is opened.


One person was arrested following an altercation between a group of people in Waipukurau on Thursday night.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said seven people, who are all known to each other, had been drinking in the carpark behind the Waipukurau Squash Courts.

He said a fight broke out between them, resulting in one person being hit on the head with a metal pole and possibly a bottle.

The fight spilled out onto Mitchell Street, where Mr Walker said one male continued trying to fight with others and was arrested.

More arrests are likely.

St John Ambulance attended to treat 3 people for minor injuries. 


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