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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says a consent for a subdivision on the corner Wakarara Road and State Highway 50 has been lodged with them, but has not yet been granted.

Last week a picture of the supposed 300 lot subdivision was posted on social media, creating a lot of discussion.

The Council says they “appreciate and recognise there is high community interest”.

They say this potential subdivision is one of a number that Council are currently processing.

In regards to the SH50/Wakarara Road application, a spokesperson for Council says they are “working through the normal processing approach and are yet to finalise whether the development will be publicly notified or not”. 

They say while there may be an expectation of community consultation, Council in its function under the Resource Management Act is not able to pick and choose what it notifies for public consultation, and that the Act, and the current operative District Plan, sets those things out.

They say on the proposed District Plan that is currently out for formal consultation (closing on 6 August, 2021), developments of this scale would be subject to more stringent consenting conditions.

In its recent Long Term Plan, Council introduced a number of new initiatives “to encourage smart growth in the district” – including making water tanks on all homes compulsory.

There was also an increase on development contributions, which will see developers pay for 100% of costs associated with growth identified in the plan.


The occupants of two vehicles involved in a crash on Pourerere Road on Friday walked away without injuries. 

Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident at about 12.30 Friday afternoon.

Police said it appeared that a vehicle travelling east on Tamumu Road appeared to have crossed the centre line, colliding with a west-bound vehicle.

The Hawke’s Bay rescue helicopter was diverted to the scene but was not needed.


New World Waipukurau has sold another second division winning Lotto ticket.

Worth $18,064, the ticket was one of 19 to win second division on Saturday night.

Anyone who bought their ticket from New World Waipukurau is asked to write their name on the back and check it at any Lotto NZ outlet, online at or through the Lotto NZ App.


Weekend rugby results

The Central Hawke’s Bay Bebbington Shield rep squad travelled to Wairoa on Saturday.

The Dannevirke seniors won their grade in the Manawatu rugby competition with a 26-20 win over Freyberg Old Boys.

The Magpies won a Ranfurly Shield challenge from East Coast Ngati Porou on Saturday.

Wairoa came away the winners, 25-17.

After a 41-5 halftime lead, the Magpies kept East Coast scoreless in the second-half.

Final score 93-5.


Today marks the start of the third school term.

School will run until Friday the 1st of October.