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A Strong Wind Watch issued for the Tararua District yesterday was lifted late last night.

When issuing the watch, Metservice said winds could reach severe gale at times.


Work has begun on the first stage of a major water pipeline upgrade on Pōrangahau Road in Waipukurau.

With a planned completion date of May 2023, the work will see upgrades to water mains, as well as new pipes, fire hydrants, isolation valves, and replacements of water service connections to private properties. 

It will also address the regular main breaks that occur along Pōrangahau Road, due to the age and nature of the existing pipeline.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive, Doug Tate, said the upgrade of significant water infrastructure such as the nearly 100-year-old cast iron, and the problematic asbestos concrete water pipe, is addressing some long overdue upgrades.

Traffic management is in place for the duration of the project, to ensure the safety of residents and teams undertaking the work.


The COVID-19 and Influenza vaccine clinic that has been running at Coronation Park in Waipawa during the COVID outbreak is being moved to Waipukurau.

From tomorrow, COVID and flu vaccines will be available every Friday at a new clinic inside the newly opened Centralines building on Coughlan Road.

For now, the walk-in clinic will operate every Friday until the end of September between 9am and 4pm.

Te What Ora – Te Matau a Maui Hawke’s Bay says the new clinic offers a convenient venue with plenty of space and parking.

A spokesperson said any bookings made for the Waipawa Clinic after the 23rd of August will be contacted to rearrange a new one.


Beach house owners are being advised to check their properties and security following recent break-ins.

Senior Constable Andy Walker from CHB Police said they had had reports of burglaries at Pourerere and Blackhead Beaches.

He said sheds are being targeted, with items such as dive gear, wetsuits and lifejackets being stolen.

Mr Walker advises owners to check their properties as soon as they can.