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Local authorities were on alert last night as heavy rain was expected in Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua District.

Up to 30mm of rain per hour was forecast, and while there were some heavy downpours, an Orange Heavy Rain Warning was lifted for Hawke’s Bay just before 9pm last night.

The Warning remained in place for Tararua District until this morning.

No roads were closed in CHB as a result of the weather, however, slips and washouts affected some roads, with caution advised.

The Tararua District Council website is showing no roads were affected by the weather.


One person was taken to Palmerston North Hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Dannevirke yesterday.

The crash happened on High Street just after 8am yesterday.

Meanwhile one person was taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital in a moderate condition after a car rolled on State Highway 2 near Takapau on Monday night.

The accident happened just after 11.30pm.


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will now take over the responsibility for possum control.

Last week the Council voted to use professional contractors for possum control in the region, removing the responsibility from individual landowners.

Council spokesman Iain Maxwell says the move will allow a consistently high standard of control, with positive flow-on benefits for diversity around the region.

The Regional Council consulted on the move earlier this year, with two-thirds of the 155 submissions received in favour.

The Council says the initiative will be primarily funded through general rates, with a similar percentage through a targeted rate.