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A fire investigator is looking into the cause of a blaze that badly damaged a shed at Ashley Clinton.
A number of firefighters and seven fire trucks were called to the shed on a property off Tukituki Road around 8pm Friday.
Firefighters were on the scene for just over four hours.
Nearly four kilometres of footpaths in Otāne and 250 metres of footpaths in Pōrangahau will be constructed thanks to funding from the Government.
Yesterday, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced national funding from Waka Kotahi’s Transport Choices Programme.
Central Hawke’s Bay will receive up to $4 million for footpaths and safe crossings in Otāne, and footpaths along the main road to the local school in Pōrangahau.
Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex Walker says in a small district like ours, funding constraints mean that footpaths are often characterised as ‘nice-to-have’ rather than a necessity.
She says the new funding is truly transformational for people living in Otāne and Pōrangahau, who have been asking for these improvements for many years.

Construction of the new footpaths will take place during 2023.
The contents of a Time Capsule buried in Dannevirke 25 years ago has been revealed.

The capsule was buried in Hall Street in 1997, the year Dannevirke marked its 125th anniversary.

On Saturday, Tararua Deputy Mayor, Erana Peeti-Webber and members of the Dannevirke Community Board hosted the opening of the capsule.

Many of those gathered were present when the time capsule buried.

Upon opening, street photos of Dannevirke High Street in 1997, newspapers, council documents, badges, and details of where to eat were recovered.

A new time capsule is planned to be buried in the very near future.


A reminder for motorists that there will be delays on State Highway 2 through Waipawa every day this week.

Waka Kotahi is undertaking pavement repairs, with STOP/GO activity between .30am and 2pm each day, and overnight from 6pm to 5am.

The work is between Victoria Street and Tamumu Road.


The southbound lane on SH50 near Tikokino was blocked for over an hour following a motor vehicle accident yesterday.

Few details on the accident are available, however emergency services were called to the crash north of Manga-O-Nuku No.1 bridge around 5pm.

The road was cleared just after six thirty last night.