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More than 250 people have so far entered for this weekend’s Hatuma Half Marathon.

The 250 mark was reached on Wednesday night.

Weather conditions are looking good for this Sunday when the event will take place, beginning and ending at the Waipukurau Racecourse.

While online registrations have closed, those still wanting to enter can do so on the morning at the Racecourse.


The Magpies are set for another Ranfurly Shield challenge tomorrow night.

After a big win over the Southland Stags last week, this weekend sees Wellington travel to McLean Park.

The game kicks off at 7.05pm tomorrow, with the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union offering a number of deals for both adults and children to head along and support the Magpies.

Full details are available on the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union website and Facebook page.

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


State Highway 2 between Waipawa and Waipukurau will be closed for a number of hours this Sunday to allow for a highway clean-up.

As part of Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has organised the clean-up, with a number of volunteers putting their hand-up to help pick up rubbish along the highway.

During this time, Waka Kotahi contractors will also undertake some fix-up work on the stretch of State Highway.

The highway will be closed between 8.30am and 2.30pm Sunday, with detours via Lindsay Road and OngaOnga Road in both directions.

The Council says this will add about 15 minutes to travel times.


Batteries and fuel have been stolen from roadworks trucks and excavators on Route 52, near Herbertville.

Senior Constable Andy Walker from CHB Police said the area is pretty remote and Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen suspicious activity or who has heard anything about the thefts.


The Central Hawke’s Bay Primary Schools Interschool Cross Country was called off after three races yesterday.

Flemington School Principal, Phil Bourke, said they tries to outlast the hail, but beat them in the end.

He said three races were completed - both under 9’s, and the 10-11 Girls - with three races still to complete.

Phil said they will look at running the rest of the races next week after talking with local schools.