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Central Hawke's Bay Police are asking for information from the public following the theft of five sets of roadside vehicle crossing grates in Waipawa.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the grates come in one metre sections, and cost $600 per section.

The thefts happened over the past week from the Victoria Street and Melville Street areas.

Mr Walker is asking for any other residents who have had grates stolen to contact Police on 105.


A Napier man is facing a raft of charges after Police had to use road-spikes to stop his vehicle.

Police received a number of complaints after a Mitsubishi Outlander was seen heading towards Waipawa – speeding through roadworks, overtaking and undertaking other vehicles.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said an attempt was made to stop the driver in Waipawa, and it was finally stopped in Waipukurau after being road-spiked between Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Mr Walker said the driver blew 830 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, and while at the Police station, told the arresting officer he was going to find his children and made threats against them.

The 36-year-old man will face charges including dangerous driving, failing to remain stopped, excess breath alcohol and threatening to kill.

The investment arm of the company that is the largest franchisee of IKEA stores internationally has been given Overseas Investment Office approval to buy a further two Central Hawke’s Bay farms.

Ingka Group, through its New Zealand registered companies, Ingka Investments Forest Assets NZ Limited and Ingka Investments Management NZ Limited, has purchased over 1000 hectares on Tourere Road, and 285 hectares of land on Hiranui Road.

On the Tourere Road farm, the company plans to plant over 500 hectares in forestry and has plans to subdivide and sell-off a residential dwelling and 280 hectares of land for farming.

The Hiranui Road purchase will see about 233 hectares planted in forest.

The Overseas Investment Office approved both deals in August.


The Centralines CHB Wakely Shield team had a loss to Wairoa yesterday on day two of the tournament.

Central Manager, Tim Ewen, said the team started pretty strongly, but unfortunately the Wairoa team was too well-drilled in the midfield and out wide.

Central were scoreless at the half time break, but did manage three tries in the second half with Mac Ward, Caleb Kereama and Harry Kittow scoring one each, and Max Annand kicking a conversion.

Final score was Wairoa 43 – CHB 17.

Tim Ewen said there were some good performances from Central’s players yesterday, with Sophia Coddington the stand-out.

Today CHB play Hastings East at 2pm at Tareha Reserve.