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A Heavy Rain Warning for Hawke’s Bay has been extended. The Warning is now valid until 6 o’clock tonight, with up to 90mm of rain expected in areas south of Napier on top of what had already fallen. North of Napier, up to another 160mm could fall.

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Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence says it is monitoring and preparing for impacts from the heavy rain. Group Controller Ian Macdonald is urging residents to be prepared. He said a regional controllers and emergency services briefing was held yesterday.

Civil Defence is urging people in the region to be prepared should the weather escalate, as heavy rain can cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, with surface flooding and slips possible.

Drivers are also being asked to drive to the conditions.

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The total value of rateable properties in Central Hawke’s Bay has increased by 54.3%, to more than $9 billion.

Quotable Value has finalised new rating valuations for the districts 8,055 properties, coming in at $9,126,287,050.

QV says the land value is $5,939,140,800 - an increase of 61.7% since 2018.

QV’s Hawke’s Bay regional manager Andrea Christie said they have seen the biggest shift in values across the district in many years.

She said residential properties and vacant land had been in “red-hot demand” since the last rating revaluation, with residential land values increasing by 128.5% over that time.

Miss Christie said it has primarily been driven by strong demand and relative affordability within the wider Hawkes Bay region.

Most commercial and industrial properties have also seen a positive shift in value growth, despite the challenges faced in a COVID-19 environment.

The average capital value for developed commercial property increasing by 50.4% since 2018, and the average capital value for developed industrial property increasing by 39.8% over the past three years.

The value of pastoral units increased by an average of 42% since the district’s previous 2018 revaluation, with dairy blocks experiencing a lower increase of 20% increase.

New rating values will be posted to property owners after Wednesday, 30 March 2022, and owners will have until the 10th of May to object.

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Active COVID-19 cases in Central Hawke’s Bay sit at 547 as at yesterday.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reported 92 new cases in the district yesterday.

For Tararua District, the number of active COVID cases has dropped back to 681, from the 708 the day prior.

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The final Surfing for Farmers event for the season will now not go ahead due to the weather.

Organiser Andy Lee said they will hope to have the final session for the year at Pourerere Beach next Thursday, the 31st.