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Boil water notices remain in effect for residents in Waipukurau and Dannevirke.

The notices were put in to place at the end of last week following significant rainfall.

Both the Tararua and Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s have made water tankers available for those that need extra water.  These are in the Hub Carpark in Dannevirke and outside the Scout Hall in Waipukurau.

The Tararua District Council said it was likely Dannevirke’s boil water notice would be in place until around the end of this week.

The Council has also put a precautionary boil water notice in place for Eketahuna.


An earthquake centred near Pongaroa late last night was felt around lower parts of the North Island.

Measuring 3.4, Geonet said the ‘light shaking’ quake was located 5km south-east of Pongaroa at a depth of 24km.

It struck at 11.07pm, with felt reports coming from as far away as Wellington.


Only three local roads remain closed this morning following last week’s heavy rain.

In Central Hawke’s Bay, Hiranui Road and Taylors Slab are still closed, while in Tararua District, Coast Road is closed due to a dropout.

Motorists are advised to take care on a number of other roads with some, such as Route 52, down to a single lane in parts.

The latest information is available on the Central Hawke’s Bay or Tararua District Council Facebook page.


There are 594 active COVID-19 cases in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Yesterday the Hawke’s Bay DHB reported 69 new cases in the district, with 70 on Saturday.

For Tararua District, there are currently 716 active cases.