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Missing Hawke's bay man found.

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A Wairoa man who went missing on Friday has been found.

Police initially had concerns for the health and safety of Kelvin Wayne Rangi, after he had not returned home.

He was last seen in Wairoa, in northern Hawke's Bay, at 5am on Friday driving south along State Highway 2.

On Saturday, police said the 48-year-old man was located safe and well.

Police would like to thank the members of the public for their assistance.

Honda CRV stolen from Te Awa Dairy, Napier.

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A 1996 red Honda CRV station wagon was stollen at 6.30 this evening (Thursday) from Te Awa dairy, Napier.

Please keep your eyes open for this car and phone the police if you see it on Ph: 831 0700.

The  partner of the owner ran into shop leaving car running because he was late for work. 

He came out to see someone in it driving off.

The man said "all our wallets work tools etc were in the car".

Please keep eyes open its silver side windows tinted...REG CUS854

Police answering the call were told that the thief was a tall skinny maori possibly late teens early 20s had been in the dairy trying to use a card which kept declining.

Police urge extreme caution on Hawke's Bay roads

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Police are warning motorists to take extreme caution around Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne roads as heavy rain continues to swamp the region.

SH2 Napier to Wairoa is closed due to slips north of the Devils Elbow and around the Mohaka Viaduct near Raupunga. The road will remain closed until further notice.

SH5 Napier to Taupo is open but slips and flooding have seen the highway reduced to one lane in several spots.

There are severe weather watches in place for both Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne. The heavy rain is expected to continue until tomorrow.

Inspector Dean Clifford said there were multiple slips and trees down on numerous rural roads in the region. There was also surface flooding in both rural and urban areas. Motorists are urged to delay travel if possible, especially through rural areas.

"If you do have to travel, be on the lookout for road hazards and keep your speed down. There is a lot of wet, unstable ground that could potentially cause problems and road blockages so drivers need to be very careful," Mr Clifford said.

There were no reports of stranded motorists on closed roads at this stage.

Justice Minister Amy Adams has launched a new Victims Code at Red Coat conference in Napier.

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