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Heavy rain, hail, and thunderstorms are expected in Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District over the next four days.

The Metservice is predicting thunderstorms and hail today and tomorrow, with heavy rain from Saturday until Monday.

Despite the wet weather, it will be quite humid with temperatures from the low to mid 20’s.

Rough seas are also expected over the next two days for the Castlepoint sea area.


Orchardists are being advised to check their security after orchards in Hastings and Gisborne were targeted by thieves recently.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said one orchard in Hastings reported 200kg of cherries being stolen in a night.

In Gisborne two entire crops of strawberries were stripped.

Mr Walker said installing cameras would be a good idea.


With the holiday season approaching, and roads getting busier, Police are advising motorists to watch their speeds and ensure they are wearing seatbelts.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said in CHB there have been 91 infringement notices issued in the past week.

He said quite a few tickets were issued to drivers not wearing seatbelts after a Police Impairment Team conducted a number of stops in CHB on Wednesday.

There have also been seven motor vehicle accidents on CHB roads in the past week, and 53 across the wider region.


Pukehou School was put in to lockdown for a time yesterday afternoon following a Police pursuit that ended in the grounds of Tea Aute College.

Police had use road spikes on a vehicle containing an unknown number of youths, with the vehicle eventually coming to a stop on a rugby field at the college.

It is not known how many people were in the spiked car, nor the number of people arrested, but Police have been asked for comment.


The Waipawa Butchery CHB Premier Mens Cricket team are scheduled to play Havelock North tomorrow in the Hawke’s Bay 50-over competition.

The game will be played at Anderson Park from 11am.

This weekend is the third round of the MJF Shrimpton Memorial.