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The pipeline to take wastewater from Otane to Waipawa was switched on yesterday.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council began construction of the nine-kilometre-long pipeline two years ago.

Council Chief Executive Doug Tate said the changes will stop discharges into the Papanui Stream and is a significant milestone in reducing Councils’ environmental impact.

He said the project has come in on budget, with about 50% of the cost coming from the Government.

Mayor Alex Walker said the new pipeline is the first step in a project which will also involve sending wastewater from Waipukurau to Waipawa.


The Tararua District Council has been given two years to add fluoride to Dannevirke’s water supply.

In a directive from former Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the Council was given until June 30th 2024 to add fluoride to the water.

The 2021 Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Act took the decision around fluoride from local Councils to the Director General of Health.

The estimated cost to meet the directive is just over $300,000.


The Napier-Taupo Road reopened last night following a truck crash earlier in the day.

State Highway 5 was closed between Eskdale and Taupo just after 3pm, with motorists advised to take alternate routes, which would have added an extra four to five hours of travel time.

Waka Kotahi said the road was reopened about 8.30pm.


The Central Hawke’s Bay Representative Rugby team have their final game for the season this weekend.

Tomorrow they will play Whanganui Development at Coronation Park Waipawa at 1pm.


The Magpies will play the Manawatu Turbos this Sunday in the Bunnings Warehouse NPC.

Earlier this week Hawke’s Bay lost to Otago, 18-13.

Sunday’s game, which is being played at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, kicks off at 4.35pm.

Our 2022 Magpies coverage is thanks to the Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau.


Local firefighters will take part in the annual Firefighters Skytower Challenge tomorrow.

Seven fire brigades from Tararua District and Central Hawke’s Bay will don a full firefighting kit and climb the stairs of the Skytower.

The event, which is in its 18th year, raises money for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

The local brigades taking part are Otane, Dannevirke, Norsewood, Waipukurau, Pahiatua, Woodville and Elsthorpe.

Collectively the local teams have so far raised $33,629.