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The Metservice has issued Heavy Rain Watches for both Tararua and Central Hawke’s Bay from tomorrow.

In the 24 hour period from 9am tomorrow, Hawke’s Bay can expect heavy falls of rain, and forecasters say rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria.

For the Tararua District, periods of heavy rain are expected from 9am tomorrow until 1am Friday.

Rainfall amounts may also approach warning criteria in the district.


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has launched a free easy-to-use drought indicator web app for the region’s rural community.

Designed by the Council, with funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries and in partnership with the Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group, the app is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Regional Council spokesperson Iain Maxwell said the indicator is a great way for farmers to get a pulse check on the key climate conditions on their farm, and wider area, and support their planning for dry conditions and drought.

He said last year’s severe drought showed that more tools were required for farmers to prepare and plan for drought.

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group chair Lochie MacGillivray said the drought indicator is a fantastic tool that will support farmers to make decisions early and plan for drought.

Farmers wanting to access the drought web app can go the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council website.


More than 300 people have registered for the virtual Hatuma Half Marathon.

Changes were made to the running of the 2021 event due to COVID restrictions.

Sport Hawke’s Bay Co-ordinator, Nicky Heremaia, said the event would be able to be completed over the week from this Sunday the 19th.

She said whether entering as an individual or a team, people can complete the 21.1kms over the course of the 7 days.

Nicky said 334 people have currently entered, with registrations closing on Saturday night.

There is no entry fee for this year thanks to major sponsor Hatuma Lime Company.


Police are investigating after a man’s foot was run over by a truck after an alleged dispute near the Central Hawke's Bay District Landfill.

The incident happened yesterday, with a man taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital by ambulance.

The man's foot was run over following a dispute said to be between two truck drivers.