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The Tararua District Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for the Eketāhuna Water Supply.

The Council said the notice was due to this week’s heavy rain causing the source water to become turbid and non-compliant with the NZ Drinking Water Standards requirements.

Three consecutive days of clear tests are needed once the turbidity reduces before the notice can be lifted.

The Council said no e.Coli had been detected in the supply, and would provide an update tomorrow.


The Makaramu Bridge in Porangahau will be temporarily closed tomorrow to allow the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to undertake work.

The Council says the bridge, on Beach Road, will be closed between 10am and 2pm, with access only available for emergency vehicles.

Traffic management will be in place.


A Porangahau man who worked as a nurse in some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots, including Afghanistan and Iraq, is one of two news Justices of the Peace.

Andrew Cameron along with Dannevirke resident Tracey Friend were recently sworn in as JP’s at a special Magistrates Court in Dannevirke.

In his work as a nurse, Andrew Cameron received a number of awards including the Florence Nightingale Medal, and was also named Australian Nurse of the Year.

Tracey Friend has lived in Dannevirke for 30 years, and is current director of Tararua Funeral Services.

They were sworn in by Judge Karen Broughton.


Local Police are advising farmers to keep property locked away and to check on-farm security.

Recently Police had a report of a compressor being taken from a shed on Peacock Road near Waipukurau.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the shed was fairly well into the farm, and in an area where there is not normally a lot of activity as it is a dead-end road.

He said there has also been an alert go out from Norsewood Police after calves and fuel were stolen from a property at Matamau.

Mr Walker said people who live in rural areas should take down details of suspicious vehicles and people seen and provide these to Police.f