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Hawke’s Bay Police are appealing for information following a fatal crash on the Napier-Taupo Road earlier this week.

One person died in the crash, which occurred near Tarawera just after 11.30am Monday.

Police are appealing for sightings of a silver Holden Commodore driving in the area around the time of the crash.

Anyone that saw the car, or who witnessed the crash, is asked to make contact with Police.

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One person was seriously injured following a two-vehicle crash at Pakipaki yesterday.

Emergency services were called just after 3.30pm to the crash at the intersection of Paki Paki Road and Turamoe Road.

SH2 between PakiPaki Road and Longlands Road was closed until around eight thirty last night.

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Strong winds are expected for Hawke’s Bay and the Tararua District later today.

Metservice has issued a Strong Wind Watch for both areas for the eight-hour period from 4pm until midnight.

Forecasters say south to southwest winds may approach severe gale at times, especially about coastal places, and advise people to keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts.

Meanwhile the Tararua District Council says a “wave warning’ has been issued for the coastline between Cape Turnagain and Mataikona.

The warning says waves could rise to 7.5 metres by this evening.

People are being advised to change plans for any water or shoreline-based activities.

Heavy swells are also expected along the coastline today and tomorrow.

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The Saddle Road will be closed between 9am and 4pm again today and tomorrow, as Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency contractors undertake further maintenance work.

Temporary speed restrictions will also be in place from 7am to 9am and again between 4pm and 5pm.

Further daytime closures are planned for next week.

The Saddle Road will be closed in both directions between 9am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday next week, with temporary speed restrictions from 7am to 9am and from 2.30pm to 5pm each day.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are looking for the owner of two older style sewing machines which have been handed in to them.

The machines were found on the limestone trail near OngaOnga.

Anyone missing the machines can inquire at the Waipukurau Police Station.