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One road remained closed in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday following the weekends heavy rain.

A number of local roads were affected by slips and flooding.

Hiranui Road is the only road that remains closed, with a detour in place via Te Awa Road and Farm Road.

Yesterday contractors were also working to clear a major slip on Porangahau Road, with the section between Wallingford Road and Bush Road reduced to one lane.


For the second year in a row, the New Zealand Moto-X GP at Woodville was cancelled at the weekend.

Organisers made the decision on Saturday to cancel the event due to the forecast weather.

Heavy rain on Friday night had caused extensive flooding to the circuit, with riders camping in the pit area advised to evacuate in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Last years Moto-X GP was cancelled due to COVID-19.


Hawke’s Bay’s Splash Planet will close for the season early due to staff shortages.

The facility will close at the end of the day on Waitangi Day, next Monday.

Splash Planet was due to move to weekend’s only from next week until the 26th of March.

Owner, Hastings District Council, said recruiting had been particularly hard this season given the shortage of labour across Hawke’s Bay.

Hastings District Council chief executive Nigel Bickle said it was a very disappointing decision, but a necessary one given the need for qualified staff for health and safety, and to provide a quality customer experience.


The father and son from Takapau who drowned at Whangamata earlier this month were farewelled yesterday.

Hundreds of mourners were at the CHB Municipal Theatre for the funeral service for Ian Cruickshank, and his son Samuel.

The pair were swept out to sea while swimming at Opoutere Beach.

A Give-a-Little page setup following the tragedy has raised more than $42,000.