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A precautionary Boil Water Notice has been put in place for Pongaroa.

The Tararua District Council implemented the notice last night following the failure of a UV reactor control unit.

The Council reassured residents that chlorine levels, which control bacteria, are within normal levels, and they expect to lift the notice once the UV reactor unit is replaced this afternoon.

In the meantime, Pongaroa residents are asked to boil their water before drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and preparing infant formula.


Changes have been made to the timing of the Central Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.

No awards ceremony will be held this year, with the next awards being presented on the 26th of May next year.

Sport Hawke’s Bay General Manager, Ryan Hambleton, said yesterday the decision to postpone the regional awards until later in the year ultimately clashed with the CHB Awards.

He said organisers appreciate the disruption caused by moving an event such as this.

Hambleton said nominations for the 2023 Central Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards will be announced early next year.


Central Hawke’s Bay Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that took off after crashing into another car in Waipukurau last Thursday night.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the driver decided to do a burnout outside the Police Station on Northumberland Street, saw a Police car, and floored it through the Peel Street intersection.

He said the driver took out the car of two women heading down south on holiday, completely ruining their plans.

In another incident, Police are looking for information on the driver of a white Ford Falcon that crashed on Porangahau Road just past Mouats corner last Friday.

Andy Walker said the occupant of the car stripped the number plates off the vehicle and decamped.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CHB Police.


A slight increase in COVID-19 case numbers for the MidCentral Health region in the past week.

There are 367 cases active cases in the MidCentral region – an increase of 3.4% on the previous week.

For Tararua District, current cases sit at 42, compared to 38 a week earlier.

15 people are in Palmerston North Hospital with COVID-19.