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There were three deaths on local roads over the weekend.

The first fatality came on Friday afternoon when a vehicle left the road on State Highway 2 near Wahipai Reserve, just north of Dannevirke just before 4.30pm.

Another person in the vehicle was taken to Palmerston North Hospital in a moderate condition.

It is understood the victim was a young child.

On Saturday morning, another person died following a collision between a vehicle and a moped on High Street in Dannevirke.

The accident happened on the stretch of road between Hospital Street and the A & P Showgrounds.

Police said the victim died at the scene.

Yesterday a motorcyclist died on State Highway 50 near OngaOnga.

Emergency services were called just after 2pm after a motorbike left the road and crashed into a fence.

The highway was closed between Ashcott Road and Bridge Street until after six o’clock last night.

A Police spokesperson said the rider died at the scene.


A scene examination will is expected to be complete at a Waipawa house this morning after a person was found dead yesterday.

Police were called to an address in Ruataniwha Street about 11.30 yesterday morning after a body was discovered.

Police said in a statement yesterday that the death was being treated as “unexplained”, and more information would be released when available.


Former Woodville woman Sacha Bond has broken the solo women’s 8-hour strongwool lambshearing record.

Bond shore 601 lambs to break the previous record of 510, set back in 2019.

The 29-year-old shore 150 lambs in each of the first three runs, with 151 in the last run.

Bond actually shore 607 lambs, but six were rejected by the judges for not meeting quality standards.


Roadworks on State Highway 2 near Norsewood will cause disruption for motorists for the next two weeks.

Waka Kotahi contractors are undertaking pavement repairs near Jens Anderson Road, the area known as Butcher’s Creek.

Motorists are asked to plan ahead for daytime STOP/GO’s between 6am and 6pm each day, excluding Sunday’s.

Waka Kotahi says the works will start from today until the 22nd of February.