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Local Police are investigating the theft of three excavator buckets which were taken from the worksite at Kokomoko Bridge on Porangahau Road over the weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the buckets are suitable for 2 to 5 tonne diggers, with some weighing up to 350kgs.

He said a digger at the worksite had been started with a screwdriver, and suspects this is how the offenders may have moved the buckets.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CHB Police or the anonymous Crimestoppers Line on 0800 555 111.

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The Waipukurau Little Theatre has had to push out the dates for its upcoming production “Spirit Level”.

Due to run from July 21st to August 6th, the production will now run from the 5th until the 19th of August.

The change is due to some cast members being unwell.

All current ticket holders will be contacted by the Little Theatre.

Tickets for the show are available from Eventfinda or from CHB Betta Electrical in Waipukurau.

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The Tararua District Council has its Emergency Operations Centre on standby as it warns of probable flooding for the Woodville area today.

The Council said last night that the main location of concern is the Manawatu River in the Manawatu Gorge, with river levels set to rise to 12 metres.

A backlog of water in the Woodville area may have an effect on the towns wastewater plant, and could cause flooding if drains become overwhelmed.

As a precautionary measure, Council will close the Ferry Reserve and says it may also need to close local roads.

Council is advising Woodville residents to:

1. Fill kettles, flasks and bottles with water in anticipation of this weather event.

2. Have a torch ready to use.

3. Fully charge their mobile devices.

4. Move animals and livestock to higher ground.

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A Heavy Rain Watch is in place for local areas today.

The Metservice says for Hawke’s Bay, rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria, with the heaviest falls in the ranges and hills south of Hastings.

Tararua District can also expect a period of heavy rain.

The rain watch is in place until 4pm today.

A Strong Wind Watch is also in place, with winds for Hawke’s Bay south of Hastings and the Tararua District expected to approach severe gale in exposed places until around 2pm today.

The wind watch will remain in place until 11am Wednesday.