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Two people were taken to hospital following a two car crash on the Te Aute Hill yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the accident just after 1pm, with the northbound lane of State Highway 2 blocked for a short period of time.

One person was trapped in one of the vehicles involved, and had to be freed by firefighters.

One of those taken to hospital, a man in his 40’s, suffered critical injuries, while a man in his 70’s suffered serious injuries.

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Both the Waipukurau Volunteer Fire Brigade and the CHB Cancer Support Group will receive $1500 from the Ford Blue Oval Roadshow held at Ruahine Motors in Waipukurau on Friday.

Every person taking a vehicle for a test drive was able to nominate one of the two charities.

Ruahine Motors spokesperson Paul Shanks said they had put in $1500, with Ford NZ matching that amount.

He said it was a very successful day with 70 people signing up to drive the latest Ford vehicles.

Paul said some people took tow to three vehicles for a test drive – with the most popular by far the Ford Mustang.

The ST Focus, Raptor and Everest were also very popular.

Paul said Ford NZ representatives were rapt with the response, and thanked the public for their support.

The Ford Blue Oval Roadshow moves to the Dannevirke Sports Centre this Saturday with local dealer KB Ford.

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The Bebbington Shield will stay with Central Hawke’s Bay following a challenge from Dannevirke on Saturday.

A crowd of about 400 were at Matthews Memorial Park in Tikokino to watch the game, with Central winning 27-20, after leading 17-10 at half time.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Bebbington Shield.

Saturday’s other game saw the Central Colts beat Dannevirke 44-nil. 

This weekend the Central rep squad will play Horowhenua/Kapiti at the Otane Domain.