Police and Emergency services are
currently dealing with severe flooding in Whakatane town
centre as a result of heavy rain fall.
The following Roads
are effected and diversions in place:
Peace St, McAlister
St, McGarvey Rd and Apanui Road.
There are further reports
of flooding near the Hikurangi and Pouwhare intersection
near the river walk.
Police are asking for motorists to
avoid the area if possible, and if driving in the area to
slow their speed right down.
Heavy rain is continuing and
the flooding is expected to continue to cause difficulties
for a considerable time
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On The Northland By-Election
Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.
On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>