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Emergency services were called to a crash between a truck and car in Dannevirke yesterday.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Gordon and High Streets about 11.30am after Police said a truck, which was carrying offal, rear-ended a car.

One person sustained minor injuries, but did not require hospital treatment.

Fire and Emergency NZ was called to clear offal that spilled on to the road.


A blessing ceremony was held yesterday to officially open the newly constructed southbound lane on State Highway 2 at Pukehou.

The section of road - between College Road and Silverstream Station – has opened in time for the summer holidays.

The project has involved realigning the section of road by easing its curves, incorporating a new southbound passing lane, wider shoulders, side barriers, as well as a right turn bay into College Road.

A flexible median barrier is to be installed early next year.

Waka Kotahi spokesperson Rob Partridge says upgrading this stretch of SH2 significantly boosts safety.

He says the old road was undulating and winding, and there had been a number of crashes in the past.

The project was started in November 2020.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has released $1.2 million from its Catastrophic Events Fund to help pay the estimated $50 million of damage to local roads.

Council has requested funding from Waka Kotahi to help with the repair bill.

The money released from the Catastrophic Events Fund has enabled Council to keep roads open, undertake urgent maintenance and start geotechnical investigations.

Council will also use the funds to start repairing one of the most significant slips, which is on Farm Road.


The Pukehou Carols by Candlelight service is being held this evening.

The carols will start at 7.30 pm, with a special guest and a light supper.

Organisers say everyone is welcome to attend.