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Tararua District Council will hold a candidate information session in Pahiatua tonight for those considering standing for Council.

Council Chief executive Bryan Nicholson said the first session for the 2022 local government election held in Dannevirke was a great success, with around 10 potential candidates attending.

He said the feedback received cemented that the best way for residents thinking of running to gain a better understanding of the election process is to attend the candidate briefings to have an open discussion with electoral officers.

The candidate information session will be held at the Pahiatua Town Hall from 6.30 tonight.

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A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was centred near Waipukurau early this morning.

The quake struck at 4.33am and was located 15km northwest of Waipukurau.

Geonet said the quake caused light shaking and was 25km deep.

Felt reports have been recorded from around the region.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police have received reports of suspicious vehicles in rural areas of the district.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said over the past two weeks, they’ve had reports from Tikokino, Elsthorpe and on Long Range Road.

He said property owners should consider setting up cameras which can capture vehicles or people around yards and dairy sheds.

Mr Walker said fuel, scrap metal and batteries are being targeted by thieves.

He asked anyone living in rural areas, and who sees suspicious vehicles, to note down as many details as they can and pass on to Police.

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says a huge effort from Higgins Contractors and BCC Contractors this week has seen just on 2000 cubic metres of material removed at the summit of the Saddle Road.

The work is being done to build a new section of road to allow traffic to be kept away from the opposite side of the road where a retaining wall is showing signs of slipping.

Waka Kotahi has closed the Saddle Road between 9 and 2.30 each day this week and will do so again today and tomorrow for the works to be completed.

The Agency says the focus through until Friday is excavating for the new section, building the road base, and surfacing work.