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Tararua District Council staff are currently working to identify the cause of unexplained loss in water at the Dannevirke water storage dam.

The suspected leakage became apparent in mid-July, and it is estimated that between 15 to 30 litres of water per second has been leaking.

The Council says the immediate priority is to confirm the source and cause of the leak so that efficient and effective repair works can be planned and undertaken as soon as possible.

The Council is working closely with the suppliers of the dam liners and other specialists to assess and eliminate possible causes of the water loss.

Experts with a remotely operated underwater vehicle have recently conducted comprehensive inspections of the dam’s floor area, including liner fittings at the bottom part of the dam with those inspections showing that leakage from the floor is highly unlikely.

Once the cause is confirmed and assessed, Council says it will plan the required repairs and implement system and process improvements. 

Mayor Tracey Collis says for the time-being there will not be any further water restrictions, other than the current Level 1 restrictions already in place.


Central Hawke’s Bay College Rugby will have two teams in semi-finals action this weekend.

The first XV will play their Te Aute College counterparts at Central Park from midday tomorrow, while the College’s Division 5 team will play Napier Boys High School at the College from 9.30am.


The Magpies have their first home game of the Bunnings NPC this weekend.

Tomorrow they will play Otago from 4.35pm.

The earlier game is the Tuis playing Tasman at 2.35pm.

Tickets are available from

Our 2021 Magpies coverage thanks to the Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau.


A number of wellness experts will be at an event promoting women’s wellbeing this weekend.

The Wellness for Women event has been organised by CHB Business and Professional Women, and will feature guest speakers, demonstrations and a mini-expo.

The event is being held at the CHB Municipal Theatre in Waipawa from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, with tickets costing $11.