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One person was taken to Palmerston North Hospital following a motor vehicle accident in Dannevirke yesterday morning.

The crash happened just before 8am on SH2 near the turnoff to Rawhiti Street.

The highway was blocked for a time.

Hato Hone St John said three ambulances were sent to the scene, with three people requiring treatment.

The person taken to hospital was said to have moderate injuries.


Local trampolinist Lachie Kirk is currently winging his way to Bulgaria to compete in the World Age Group Trampolining champs.

Lachie, along with his coach, Wayne Marsh, and the rest of the NZ team, boarded a plane in Auckland last night bound for Munich, where they will then head to Bulgaria.

A mammoth fundraising effort saw Lachie achieve his $10,000 goal to make it to the champs.

He begins competing next week.


Further thunderstorms are expected for Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District today.

Yesterday Metservice issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for many areas, including Hawke’s Bay and Tararua.

There were some heavy downpours locally, with one farmer recording 40 millilitres in one hour yesterday afternoon.

Today’s forecast is for similar – with heavy showers from this morning and possible thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.


Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker said the short-notice decision to shut the Waipukurau ANZ branch for earthquake strengthening is a “kick in the teeth”.

The branch is closed from today and is expected to reopen around the 19th of December.

Ms Walker said it has happened at the busiest retail time of the year.

ANZ spokesperson Briar McCormack says the bank did review options for a cash-run, however due to regulatory and security restrictions, was not a viable option.

She says some customers may have been advised this was a possibility and apologise if this was the case.

Ms McCormack says ANZ encourage anyone with queries or concerns about their banking during the closure to get in touch to discuss options.


An injury to a key cast member may see the opening of the Waipawa M & D’s Aladdin production delayed.

The show is due to open tomorrow night, however on its Facebook page last night, the M & D said they may be unable to open this weekend due to the cast members injury that will not allow them to perform.

In the event the production doesn’t go ahead from tomorrow night, a full refund will be available.