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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are asking drivers to be aware of pedestrians using pedestrian crossings.

A Police spokesperson said there have been some incidents recently where vehicles haven’t stopped when people have been starting to use the pedestrian crossing, including a person on a mobility scooter.

The incidents occurred on the two pedestrian crossings in Waipukurau’s main street.

The spokesperson said drivers should be vigilant when approaching crossings.

They also reminded drivers that they should remain stopped until a person using a pedestrian crossing has crossed the entire street.


State Highway 2 was closed for about an hour on Sunday night due to a Police incident.

Police closed the section between River Terrace and Lindsay Road Waipukurau about 7.30pm.

A Police media spokesperson said the closure was in relation to a self-harm incident.


Children under the age of 16 will not be able to visit Hawke’s Bay Hospital due to an increase in the number of RSV cases.

Chief Medical and Dental officer Dr Robin Whyman said to protect healthy children from catching RSV from people in hospital they wouldn’t be allowed to visit unless there were exceptional circumstances or a clear medical need.

 A no-visitor policy has also been put in place for ward A1, where there were 24 adult patients with RSV.

 The children’s ward, special care baby unit, and maternity units at Hawke’s Bay Hospital and Wairoa also remained closed to visitors. 

Dr Whyman said there had been a continued and steady increase of adults with RSV needing hospital care over the past week, and the DHB expected to see that continue for at least another week.


Strong winds are thought to have been the cause of a rubbish fire spreading to a shed on a Dannevirke property at the weekend.

Fire and Emergency NZ was called just after 1.30 on Saturday afternoon to a fire in an open calf shed.

The occupants had been burning rubbish over several days, with the winds thought to have caused a spark to set alight the sawdust floor of the shed.