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Cooks Tooth Road has been reopened to all traffic.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council had restricted the road to light vehicles only earlier this week following last week’s heavy rain.

Four slips were affecting the road, and Council warned it could close at any time.

Yesterday though the Council said heavy and long vehicles would be able to resume using Cooks Tooth Road.

A slump has also been fixed on Kahuranaki Road, with sealing work being done today.


The annual Rotary Primary Schools Speech Competition was held earlier this week.

Rotary spokesperson Trevor Plunkett said there were 17 speakers this year.

Takapau School’s Pipi Tylee was first, with her speech titled “Mittens the Kitten”.

Waylon Harley, also from Takapau School, was second, with a speech called “Doggie in the Window”.

Third place for 2022 was Lily Kent from Argyll East School, whose speech topic was “my dad’s adventure to China and back”.


After a few days of fine, settled weather, more heavy rain is on the way for Hawke’s Bay.

The Metservice says a low-pressure system will approach the North Island form the north Tasman Sea from tomorrow, and will move slowly southwards.

Periods of rain are expected on Saturday and again Sunday, with forecasters saying they have a low confidence that rainfall amounts will reach warning criteria for Hawke’s Bay on Sunday.


A $20.1 million upgrade of the Porangahau – Wimbledon Road will be officially opened today.

Government Ministers, Kieran McAnulty and Meka Whaitiri, will join Mayor Alex Walker and other guests for the opening.

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Chief Executive Doug Tate said the work was enabled through the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund.

He said while here for the opening, the Ministers will see some of the damage to local roads first-hand.


It is a must-win game for the Magpies tonight in the final round of the Bunnings Warehouse NPC.

A strong crowd is expected at McLean Park in Napier for the game as the Magpies take on the Tasman Mako, with kick-off at 7.05pm.

The Magpies have won four, lost four, and drawn one game this season, and sit at fifth place on their table, with 26 points.

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


The precautionary Boil Water Notice put in place for Pongaroa on Wednesday night has been lifted.

The Tararua District Council lifted the notice yesterday afternoon following the installation of a new UV reactor, which had failed the previous day.


The Centralines Central Hawkes Bay Wakely Shield side had their last pre-tournament game against a well drilled Hastings East side last night.

Well coached by 31 cap Hurricane Campbell Feather and Davis Norman, who had 67 caps for the Magpies, the Hastings East team came out of the sheds fizzing, and Central struggled early on to keep up with the pace and the wide passing of the visitors.

In the 2nd and 4th quarter however, with the support of a committed and enthusiastic bench, they fronted up to the Hastings Team and kept them to two tries in each of those quarters - Captain Kade Caie-Fisher lead from the front as did his loose head prop and vice-captain Lochie Ewen.

Open side flanker Lucas Hampton was without peer in terms of turnovers and commitment in a pack under pressure.

Coach Mark Annand said he was really pleased with the commitment and ticker shown by his side.

The Wakely Shield, which was started in 2003, and is in its 18th year, is played at the Taradale Rugby & Sports Club in the second week of the school holidays from Monday the 10th to Friday the 14th of October, and includes sprinting, goal kicking, chess as well as rugby as part of the week.