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The ANZ Bank says it requested closure dates for its Waipukurau branch for earthquake strengthening be moved to allow it more time to communicate the closure with customers.

External Communications Manager Kristy Martin said the branch is required to close from 17 November to around 19 December to allow the landlord to complete seismic strengthening of the building, and to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and customers.

Originally the planned closure was from today (the 10th).

She said during this time, ANZ customers will have access to the Smart ATM, which will remain onsite and operational throughout the works.

Those who need to visit a branch will need to travel to Dannevirke or Hastings.


Groups and organisations in Tararua District considering applying for funding can attend a funding clinic in Dannevirke today.

Representatives from the Department of Internal Affairs and Eastern & Central Community Trust will be available to discuss funding opportunities for community organisations

The clinic is being held at the Dannevirke Library from 9am to 4pm today.


Fuel thefts from rural areas around Central Hawke’s Bay have increased.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the issue has ramped up over the last month, with orchards getting hit particularly hard, with the diesel tanks attached to frost windmills targeted.

A quarry site on State Highway 50 along with a farm near Tikokino were also targeted.

Mr Walker said fuel was also taken from a farm on Wakarara Road recently, with a 38-year-old man from Hastings arrested in relation to this.

He said property owners should look at their security, particularly by installing security cameras.