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Moa bones found during construction of the new Manawatu-Tararua Highway have been found to be at least 180,000 years old.

The bones were found in March of last year, and were sent for sampling in December.

Sediment found nearby suggested they could be as old as 345,000 years.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said more analysis results are expected to be available later this year.


The Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination clinic will be in Porangahau today.

Vaccinators will be available outside the Porangahau Hall from 10am to 5pm.

Meanwhile RATS test distribution will take place at Tikokino today.

Those who have requested tests can collect them between 1pm and 4pm on the side of the Sawyers Arms Tavern.

Anyone having issues with RAT requester website can also go along and get a request processed.


Local Police are asking drivers to “have another look before pulling out” of intersections.

On Monday afternoon emergency services were called to a collision at the intersection heading in to the Otane township.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said a vehicle turning out of Otane was hit by another vehicle travelling on State Highway 2.

Mr Walker said the driver of the vehicle that was travelling on SH2 was taken to hospital with back and rib injuries, while the other driver was lucky to escape with no injury.

Local Police have been called to a number of accidents recently where drivers have failed to giveway.


There were 55 new cases of DOVID-19 reported in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday.

The district currently has 521 active cases.

Tararua District had 548 active cases listed yesterday.