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The Mangatewainui Bridge on State Highway 2 south of Norsewood is down to one lane due to cracking on the bridge deck.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency said despite the cracking, the bridge remained safe for use by traffic.

Stop/Go traffic management with a temporary speed limit of 30km/h is in place, and a spokesperson said contractors may look to install temporary traffic lights to control the flow of traffic later this week.

Contractors expect to repair and reseal the bridge later this week or early next week.

The spokesperson said once the seal has set, the bridge will reopen to two lanes.


Mobile phone users in parts of Takapau, Ormondville and Norsewood look set to be without service for some time yet.

A suspected arson attack at a cell-site at the back of Takapau has taken out voice, data and SMS services.

Spark says technicians and engineers are looking into options to restore services as soon as possible.

The outage at the site was logged in the early hours of Monday morning this week.


Bach owners are being reminded to look at their security for when their properties are vacant.

Recently CHB Police had a report of a bach being broken into at Kairakau.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said alcohol, clothing, meat out of a freezer and food from a fridge taken.

He said the reported case bought to light two other burglaries which had gone unreported.

Mr Walker said there have been quite a few burglaries happen around the Kairakau area, as well as fuel thefts.

He suspects someone living in the local area may be responsible and targeting baches that are empty at this time of year.