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With the harvest season in full swing, Federated Farmers is urging motorists and the operators of agricultural machinery to show each other some care and understanding.

Federated Farmers spokesperson Colin Hurst says during harvest, combine harvesters, large tractors and other over-size agricultural vehicles often need to use public roads to move between farms.

He says by law these vehicles move at lower speeds, and is asking other drivers to show a bit of patience and common sense when coming across them on the road.

Hurst says New Zealand’s $2.2 billion arable industry is an important part of our export earnings, economy and employment.


A woman was stretchered out of the Ruahine Ranges on Saturday after injuring her ankle.

Emergency services received notification on Friday night of the injury, that occurred near Longview Hut.

A LandSAR team trekked into the ranges that night, with another two teams going in on Saturday morning.

The woman, who is recovering at home, and was taken out of the bush on a stretcher as weather conditions meant the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter was unable to attend.


The Pukekaihau Pa site has re-opened.

The site was closed following the death of a Recreational Services team member at the site last Friday.

Mana whenua conducted a blessing and karakia yesterday, with the Pa site reopened yesterday afternoon.