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More than 1000 people took the opportunity to get a first-hand look at construction of the new Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatu Tararua Highway on Sunday.

Waka Kotahi allowed walkers to trek along the 12-kilometre corridor of the new $620 million highway.

Since construction began, 4.6-million cubic metres of earth had been moved.

Sunday’s walk was organised by the Woodville Lions Club and Woodville School, raising around $12,000 for each organisation.


The second round of the Stevenson & Taylor sponsored CHB T20 Cricket Competition is being played this evening.

Spokesperson Marcus Boderick said Waipawa will play Onga-Tiko in today’s game, which is being played at Coronation Park in Waipawa from 5.30pm.

He said spectators are welcome at the game.


Latest COVID-19 numbers released show there are 52 active cases in the Tararua District.

Te Whatu Ora said in the MidCentral health region over the past week, there were 569 total active cases, a twenty five percent decrease from the previous week.

There were six COVID related deaths last week, and 10 people currently hospitalised with the virus.

In Hawke’s Bay, Te Whatu Ora said there were 681 active cases at the end of last week, with 528 new cases.

Central Hawke’s Bay has 31 active cases, and there were 14 people in Hawke’s Bay Hospital with COVID at the end of last week.


Speedy Road in Dannevirke will be closed to traffic today to allow for a power pole to be replaced.

The Tararua District Council says the pole is leaning over the road and has become a hazard.

The road will be closed from 8.30am to 3pm today, and users of the road will need to use an alternative route.