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Central Hawke’s Bay Police had a “fantastic result” following a checkpoint in Waipukurau on Friday night.

Officer in Charge, Sergeant Neil Baker, said a large checkpoint was conducted on Bogle Brothers Esplanade by Police and Roadsafe HB staff

He said over 600 vehicles were stopped between 7 and 9pm, with no drink or drug drivers identified.

Mr Baker said it was a fantastic result, and hopefully one which will continue as we move into the festive season and these checkpoints continue.

Sergeant Steve Murray of the Eastern District Impairment Prevention Team said a large number of young people passed through the checkpoint, travelling south for an ‘end of school’ party.

He said all those spoken to had a plan to stay overnight, ensuring they were fit enough to drive the following morning.

Sergeant Murray said it was a great result and demonstrates that the message is having an impact.


Central Hawke’s Bay residents had an issue with hot water on Friday.

Centralines said in a press release that some consumers were having issues which the company was working on.

The issue was with the Hot Water Control System.

Centralines apologised for the and said customers full hot water services may not have been available until some time after the issue was fixed to allow water cylinders to reheat.

Some commenters on the Central FM Facebook page were still experiencing issues on Saturday night.


Central Hawke’s Bay College teacher Robyn Southward has been presented with a prestigious award.

On Friday, she was the only New Zealander, and one of only 100 around the globe, to receive a Royal Mint Award.

The Award is a commemorative coin created to acknowledge the outstanding volunteer Award Leaders of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Robyn has dedicated eight years to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme at Central Hawke’s Bay College.

The surprise presentation was made at last Friday’s final assembly for 2021.