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A man died at the Pukekaihau Pā site in Waipukurau on Friday.

Emergency services were called to the site around 10.15am, and paramedics were seen giving chest compressions to a person on the ground.

Sergeant Neil Baker from Central Hawke’s Bay Police said inquiries are underway, but the death of the 59-year-old has been referred to the Coroner.

The man worked for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council contractor, Recreational Services.

The Council said on its Facebook page that “all entrances to the Pukekaihau Pā site will be temporarily closed until further notice”.

Recreational Services Chief Executive Cameron Parr said the company’s condolences, thoughts and support are with his family at this very sad time.

Mana whenua led Recreational Services team members present on site in karakia, accompanied by Mayor Alex Walker.


Wet weather over the weekend saw a number of events cancelled locally.

On Saturday, an open day for the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust was cancelled due to the weather.

It is the second time the open day has been called off, with last year’s planned Open Day cancelled due to COVID-19.

Dannevirke’s Wheels With Attitude, which was due to be held for the 25th time yesterday, was cancelled due to ground conditions at the Dannevirke A & P Showgrounds.

The Centralines Summer Series with the Hawke’s Bay Jazz Club Big Band was also postponed, with organisers working on a new date for the free concert.


Porangahau Road between Wallingford Road and Bush Road has re-opened to one lane following a major slip on Saturday.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council posted video footage of the slip on its social media, showing a massive amount of debris coming down across the road.

Detours were put in place until yesterday morning, when the road re-opened to one lane.

A number of other local roads were also affected by the weather, with Police asking motorists to take care on SH2 north of Waipawa and near Te Aute College on Saturday due to surface flooding.


Four second division winning Lotto tickets were sold in Hawke’s Bay at the weekend.

Two of the tickets were sold in Napier, one in Hastings, and one in Central Hawke’s Bay, from BP Waipawa.

The tickets are worth $14,390 each.