There will be an urgent water shutdown for parts of Waipawa today.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the shutdown is necessary for repairs to a network valve.
The shutdown will affect properties on Great North Road, Watts Street, Watts Road, Eagle Street, Racecourse Road, Abbotsford Road, and Richmond Lane between 8am and 4pm today.
Full details of the properties affected are on the Councils’ Facebook page.
An emergency water shutdown also took place in Waipawa last night, with a number of properties without water for about seven hours while a repair was made to a network valve.
Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty has called on community-owned company, Trust House, to reconsider its decision to raise rents on homes it owns in the Tararua District and Wairarapa.
Mr McAnulty said while he understands the need to cover costs, an increase of up to 90% is outrageous.
Trust House purchased a number of homes from the National Government in 1999, with the bulk of its Tararua houses located in Dannevirke.
The MP said Trust House has a responsibility to provide affordable housing.
Police are asking for information after a mobile home was set alight over the New Year period.
Senior Constable Andy Walker said the mobile home was parked at a quarry on Walker Road, and was set alight while the owner had gone to visit family for New Year’s Eve.
He said the owner lost pretty much everything he owned as a result of the fire.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Walker Road area from 6pm New Year’s Eve through to New Year’s morning to contact them.
A busy Christmas – New Year period for Central Hawke’s Bay Police.
Over the period, Police attended 16 burglaries around the district.
33 family harm incidents were also called in; and Police attended nine motor vehicle accidents; with five drivers processed for drink driving.
Police also received numerous reports about behaviour at local beaches.