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Police are reminding drivers to slow down and follow the conditions after a crash between a vehicle and a large cattle beast on Friday morning.

Much of Central Hawke’s Bay was covered in fog, making visibility poor.

Emergency services were called to the accident on Middle Road, north of Patangata just after 6am.

Senior Constable John Flack said a man on his way to work hit the cattle beast, which was standing in the centre of the road.

He said the conditions at the time were “terrible due to the heavy fog”.

The driver was uninjured, however the cattle beast died on impact.

Mr Flack said it was a reminder to slow down and drive to the conditions as “you never know what might be on the road”.


The Ranfurly Shield will remain in Hawke’s Bay for at least another two weeks following the Magpies nail biting win over North Harbour on Saturday.

A crowd of over 7000 were at McLean Park for the game, which saw Hawke’s Bay score the opening try after 10 minutes.

North Harbour were able to make a comeback and lead 15-12 at half time.

Hawke’s Bay scored the winning points in the 76th minute of the game with a converted try.

The final score was 25-23.

This week the Magpies are on the road against Canterbury on Sunday afternoon.

All Black Brodie Retallick, who played for the Magpies on Saturday for the first time in over a decade, said the instruction from the coaches at half time was to hold the ball.

Retallick said it was great to see people come out and support the Magpies, especially the busloads of supporters from Central Hawke’s Bay.

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


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the move by Te Mata Mushrooms is an opportunity for the district.

Last week the company announced it would close its Havelock North operations and construct a facility on land it owns near Takapau.

Mayor Alex Walker said Te Mata Mushrooms’ proposed investment in Central Hawke’s Bay supports Councils’ economic development objectives for the district, including a focus on land diversification, innovation, and a shift from a volume to value economy.

She said Council has asked Te Mata Mushrooms to commit to a step-change in its engagement with the Takapau community and Mana Whenua, and to ensure the community is kept informed throughout the consenting process and development of their state-of-the-art facility.


Another win for the Dannevirke Tigers league team on Saturday.

A good crowd turned out to Coronation Park in Dannevirke for their game against the Takaro Taniwha’s.

Dannevirke made it four wins from four games, taking out the game 34-26.


A reminder Year 9 students at CHB College are rostered home from school today.