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Two people were moderately injured following a single-vehicle crash at Papatawa, near Woodville, on Friday.

Police said a vehicle crashed into a median barrier at the intersection of Pinfold Rd and Condoit Rd, with emergency services called around 6.30 Friday morning.

The injured pair were taken to Palmerston North Hospital by ambulance.


The Mayor’s Taskforce for Jobs – Jobs in Central Hawke’s Bay project has been recognised with a national award.

The project was named as the winner of the Martin Jenkins Excellence Award for Economic Wellbeing at the Local Government NZ Conference in Palmerston North on Friday.

The Jobs in Central Hawke’s Bay team has so far referred 742 jobseekers, 337 of whom have secured employment or training.

Nearly 50 local apprentices are also attending weekly workshops, with the team in regular contact with over 770 local businesses

Mayor Alex Walker accepted the award, acknowledging the Council team who have worked on the project.

Ms Walker said the project has significantly exceeded targets for employment outcomes since its inception last year, despite flying in a headwind of pandemic-related challenges.

Another Council project, Broader Outcomes in Action – Thriving through Infrastructure, was a finalist in the same category.


Daytime road closures again this week for the Saddle Road.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says the closures are to allow for emergency works.

The Saddle Road will be closed each day until Friday from 9am to 2.30pm.


The 3rd School Term gets underway today.

The 10-week term will run until Friday September 30th.