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A rāhui has been put in place along parts of the Central Hawke’s Bay coastline after a person drowned at Aramoana Beach on Tuesday night.

Police and Coastguard were called after a diver failed to surface, and who was found unresponsive in the water about 45 minutes after authorities were alerted.

The Department of Conservation and Ngati Kere kaumatua met yesterday, with the rāhui put in place from Paoanui Point to the southern end of the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve.

The rāhui is in place until Tuesday the 1stof November, and is for food gathering only.


No one was injured following a single-vehicle accident at Ashley Clinton yesterday.

Emergency services were called just before 4.30pm to the accident on Pagets Road.

A Police spokesperson said there were no injuries.


15 Ploughmen will contest the Takapau Ploughing Club’s annual match this weekend.

Contestants are coming from Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Waikato for the match, which is being held on Majella Farm on Speedy Road on Saturday from 10.30am.

The match is a national qualifying event, with Ross Hunt, Ian McSporran, Bruce McCormick and Richard Wilman the Hawke’s Bay competitors.

Wet land conditions earlier this month saw the event postponed to this weekend.


Kelly Annand will once again take the role of Central Hawke’s Bay’s Deputy Mayor.

The new council was sworn in on Wednesday night and is unchanged from the previous council make-up.

Mayor Alex Walker said Kelly’s view on social policy and working in the community has been a pivotal part of how Council has setup how it works.

The Tararua District Council will be sworn in next week.


Eastern District Police will setup a driver fatigue-stop outside Vet Services Waipukurau on Monday.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said those driving through from 3pm Monday should be prepared to be stopped.

He said there will be coffee and muffins available for people as well.

Mr Walker said traffic staff will be out across the long weekend and targeting any unsafe behaviour.


Shires Fruit and Vege Market will celebrate its 100 years in business this weekend.

Members of the Patel family will travel from far and wide and will gather in Dannevirke tomorrow night for the milestone.

Chhiba Patel, who arrived in New Zealand from India in 1918, started Shires Fruit and Vegetable shop in 1922.

Mr Patel, who was also known as Bill Shire, had been on his way to Wairoa to look at opening a shop there, but decided on Dannevirke following a brief stop there.

Shires will also celebrate it’s centenary with a number of Market Day specials today.


Route 52 between Alfredton and Pongaroa is expected to reopen to some traffic today.

The section of road has been affected by a massive slip, with Tararua District Council contractors working for several weeks to clear the road.

Light vehicles, trucks and the local school bus were expected to be able to pass through the site from today, with a 30km/hr speed restriction in place.

Trucks with trailers will still be unable to use the section of road until further clearing work is done.

The Council says cautionary slip signs will be put up as the slip above the road is still slightly on the move.