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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating a number of vehicle break-ins in the last two weeks.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said three of the break-ins occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon last week.

A car parked at CHB College on Tuesday night was broken into, and one in nearby Blundell Ave on the same night.

Mr Walker said the Blundell Ave vehicle had its ignition tampered with, but nothing was taken.

On Wednesday afternoon between midday and 2.30pm, a car on Albert Street was broken into, with hoodies and a laptop taken.

The previous week, a car on Wilder Street was broken in to, but nothing was taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CHB Police.


One lane of State Highway 2 through Waipawa will be closed to traffic tomorrow night.

Waka Kotahi is advising motorists to plan for the closure, which will affect the northbound lane between Ruataniwha Street and Waverley Street from 7.30 tomorrow night until 5.30am Friday.

The closure is to allow for repairs on the sewer mains.

Northbound traffic during those times will detour via Ruataniwha Street and Waverley Street.


There is still time to sign-up to tomorrow’s national ShakeOut event.

ShakeOut reminds people what to do during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi if in a tsunami evacuation zone.

Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence is giving away 200-litre rainwater tanks for each district in the region, with winners drawn from those that take part.

You can sign-up at

Last near 665,000 people nationwide took part.

ShakeOut will take place at 9.30 tomorrow morning.


Congratulations to Waipawa Volunteer Fire Chief, Willy Chrystall, who has been recognised for his 25-years-service to Fire & Emergency NZ.

Fire & Emergency NZ managers, firefighters past and present, and Mr Chrystall’s family and friends, gathered at the Waipawa Rugby Clubrooms last Friday night for his Gold Star presentation.