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A clip-on foothpath is being proposed for the Waipawa bridge.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has added the walkway to its “possible” list as part of funding from the National Land Transport Fund.

The Agency has aproved funding of $36.71 million for Central Hawke’s Bay for the next three years.

Mayor Alex Walker said there is currently no physical barrier between road traffic and pedestrians using the bridge.

She said from a safety point of view it’s a no-brainer and will complete the new path between Waipukurau and Waipawa.


Workplaces and community groups in Tararua are being encouraged to register their interest in a mobile pop-up COVID-19 vaccination unit.

The MidCentral District Health Board is looking to roll-out the new mobile unit, which will provide first and second doses of the vaccine, as well as providing answers to questions workers may have about the vaccine itself.

Any workplace or community group interested can email with a name, contact details and approximate number of staff.


There is another Strong Wind Watch in place for Hawke’s Bay south of Hastings and Tararua today.

The Metservice said west to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places in the period from 1am to 10am today.

People are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts in case any changes are made.


The owners of Waipawa Four Square are set to open a temporary pop-up store from today.

Grocery services have been non-existent in the town after the Four Square store was destroyed by a fire at the end of May.

The pop-up will be in the store next door, which housed Penny Lane until two years ago.

The store will be open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and from 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.