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Emergency services were called to a logging truck crash near Pahiatua yesterday.

The accident happened on Mangaone Valley Road around 8.15 yesterday morning.

The trailer unit of the truck tipped, spilling logs on to the road, with a power line also taken out as a result of the crash.

One person was assessed at the scene by St John Ambulance staff.

It was the second logging truck crash in Tararua this week.

On Monday morning a logging truck and trailer rolled at Waitahora.

No-one was injured as a result of the accident.


A 19 year old man was arrested on Sunday night after Police received reports of a person threatening to stab people in Waipukurau.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the incident came on a busy night for local Police, with officers from Dannevirke and Hastings called to assist.

Two local off-duty staff were also called in.

Mr Walker said the man had been making threats to people for some time.


A new Regional Digital Hub will fast-track the reinstatement of Waipukurau Library services.

Situated at the Bogle Brother’s Esplanade site, commonly known as the ‘Old Buck’s’ building – the new Digital Hub will be home to the Library and associated services, for at least five-years. 

The project has been funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, and will also deliver a range of programmes to bridge the digital divide, offering access for businesses, self-employed people and the community with free Wi-Fi, co-working spaces and areas to present digital products and services. 

Work started at the end of June, and Mayor Alex Walker said it had a very tight timeframe for delivery, with an anticipated 8 to 9 week work programme.

She said the work would not have been possible without external funding. 

Council’s Group Manager Customer and Community Partnerships Doug Tate said it was a great opportunity to refresh the front door to Central Hawke’s Bay, with the new Hub providing a unique transformation to the entrance of Waipukurau. 

He said the new Hub will provide not only a short term solution for Library services, but become a digital gateway for businesses, employers and anyone wanting to learn and connect across the district.


Police are appealing for sightings of a late model, dark coloured, Isuzu ute on the Napier -Taupo Road on Sunday. 

Police say a firearm was discharged from a vehicle travelling towards Taupo at about 5.15 Sunday evening.

The vehicle was stopped by armed Police as it entered Taupō and two people were taken into custody.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ryan Yardley said the incident occurred in the Te Pohue area.

He said no one was injured during the incident but there was damage caused to one other vehicle.

Police are yet to locate the firearm used in the alleged incident.

Mr Yardley is appealing for information from anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who might have information concerning suspicious people or activity in the area leading up to the incident.


Fifteen teams took part in a fundraiser for the Friends of Central Hawke’s Bay District Libraries last night.

The ‘Brains for Books’ quiz evening was a huge success, with eleven rounds of questions on a wide-range of topics.

The “Back-Row Brains” team won the event, scoring 86 out of 110, followed by a team calling themselves “The Old Ducks”, with 77 out of 110.

Third place was “Freedom Day” on 75 points.

Each of the top three teams donated their book prizes to local schools, with Waipukurau, The Terrace, and Flemington schools the lucky recipients.