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Two people were taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital following a single-vehicle accident yesterday.

Emergency services were called to crash on State Highway 2 near the turnoff to Hatuma Road around 1pm.

Senior Constable John Flack from CHB Police said a couple were driving home to Gisborne, when the driver drifted to the left, losing control into a stand of shelter belt trees.

He said the female passenger received serious leg injuries and the male driver minor lacerations.

Traffic was delayed in the area for nearly an hour.


Heavy rain and possible thunderstorms are forecast for the region today, but Metservice forecasters are yet to issue any weather watches or warnings.

The rain is expected to continue into tomorrow, and the Metservice says warning amounts of rain are possible for the Tararua District on Tuesday


Two COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Wairoa late last week, but health authorities say there is very little risk to the community.

The pair were already self-isolating as they were close household contacts of a previously reported case from outside of Hawke’s Bay.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Nicholas Jones, said the pair tested positive after a routine swabbing as a close contact.

He said it was important that anyone with cold or flu symptoms – even if they’re mild – get tested for COVID-19.

Dr Jones said it was also time for unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated, to protect themselves, their whānau and their community.


There is a planned water shutdown today affecting some residents on Mt View Place in Waipukurau.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the shutdown is required to repair a valve on the reticulated network.

The water mains will be off from 10 am - 5 pm, affecting numbers 1A to 21 Mt View Place.