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There has been a change to this year’s 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Commemorations.
Organisers say the service to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the quake will look a little different due to the country moving to the Red Traffic Light in the COVID-19 protection framework.
Earthquake survivors, along with their families and the public, are invited to watch a remembrance ceremony held at Waiapu Cathedral this Saturday live online, rather than attend in person, as originally planned.
Bishop of Waiapu, Andrew Hedge, will officially open the ceremony, before a special address by Napier Mayor, Kirsten Wise, along with presentations from Royal New Zealand Navy and other interfaith communities.
The service will be streamed on the Waiapu Cathedral Facebook page.


Temperatures will reach at least 30 degrees Celsius in Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua over the next three days.

The Metservice is forecasting a significantly hot afternoon today, with the mercury in Central Hawke’s Bay expected to reach 33 degrees today and tomorrow.


Two drivers had their licences taken from them following two separate incidents at the weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the first incident was on Saturday morning, with Police receiving a complaint of a vehicle coming from Hastings doing around 160km/hr.

He said the car was also reported to be overtaking vehicles on blind corners.

Police caught up with the vehicle on Takapau Road just out of Waipukurau doing just over 100km/hr in a 70 zone.

Mr Walker said the vehicle then allegedly sped up to a speed of over 150 km/hr before it was stopped.

The driver had his licence suspended immediately, and has been charged with dangerous driving,

Police are waiting for results of a compulsory impairment test for driving under the influence of drugs.

The other incident occurred on Sunday morning with a driver clocked at 180km/hr on Ashcott Road.

Mr Walker said the vehicle was eventually stopped in Waipawa, with the driver losing his licence for 28 days, and processed for drink driving.


Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence is reminding parents that the start of the school year is a great time to talk to kids about being prepared at school and at home.
Group Controller Ian Macdonald said helping kids understand and plan for emergencies improves the preparedness of the whole community.
He said when our tamariki are involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about the hazards in our region, they encourage their whole whānau to be more prepared and play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies.
Civil Defence is encouraging parents to talk to their kids in an honest - but not scary - way about what might happen in an emergency and what you can do to keep safe.
Mr Macdonald said this could be how to contact each other in an emergency, and the other possible people who could pick them up if needed.
He said the more kids are involved they are, the less scared they will be if an emergency does happen.