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There is a Strong Wind Watch in place for Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua this morning.

In the period until 9am, northwest winds could reach severe gale in exposed areas at times.

Metservice says there is also a low risk that south to southwest gales could become severe tomorrow for coastal parts of the Tararua District and Hawke's Bay.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will not pursue legal action over the Waipukurau Memorial Hall and old Waipukurau Library buildings.

In a Media Statement yesterday, Council said it had decided not to pursue legal action against any individuals or entities regarding the strengthening of the Waipukurau Centennial Library and the Waipukurau Memorial Hall at this time. 

The decision was made at Council's Finance and Infrastructure Committee meeting last week following the receipt of legal and engineering advice, and after weighing up the costs, benefits and risks of further action. 


Mayor Alex Walker said it was not the result any of us wanted, but the time, money and risk involved in pursuing this matter is not in the best interests of our community.

Between 2014 and 2017, works were carried out on both buildings, which had previously been assessed as requiring earthquake strengthening. 

Expectation was that both buildings had been strengthened to at least 67% of the New Building Standard.


In May last year Council closed the Waipukurau Library over concerns of significant structural vulnerabilities, with a detailed assessment showing the building was less than 20% of New Building Standard and therefore earthquake prone.

A similar finding was made during a detailed seismic assessment of the Waipukurau Memorial Hall.

The Council said despite this, the Hall remained open, with structural issues not being of the same severity or extent of the Waipukurau Library.


Some Waipukurau streets will be without water today.

Numbers 145 – 388 Pōrangahau Road, Grangers Lane, Rose Street, Smith Street, Brooker Place and Eden Terrace will have their water shutdown between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the shutdown is required to make a valve repair and fix other water leaks on the road to reduce the effects on the homes in the future.

Residents in the affected streets are asked to run all internally plumbed appliances and household taps thoroughly prior to use when the water is turned back on.


The 2021 CHB Mail – Central Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards have become the latest event to be affected by COVID Level 2 restrictions.

Organisers met last week, and decided to make the event an online function.

Sports Hawke’s Bay’s Nicky Heremaia said they had hoped we would be in level 1, but with the uncertainty the decision was made to change the awards.

The ceremony was due to be held on the 5th of November.


The 2021 Wakely Shield Tournament has kicked off.

The Centralines Central Hawke’s Bay team played Napier West yesterday, with Napier winning 41-7.

Napier lead 14-7 at halftime.

Today, Central play Hastings West at 12pm at Tareha Reserve in Taradale.


One person was seriously injured following a single-vehicle crash at Poukawa on Monday.

Emergency services were called around 5.20pm to the accident on Middle Road, between Mutiny Road and Te Aute Road.

It is understood a ute rolled into a paddock.

Middle Road was shut until around 9pm.