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Highway closed at Matawai

Motorists heading north had to change their plans and avoid State Highway 2 at Matawai or delay their journey this morning.

That was the advice from Waka Kotahi/Land Transport Agency after a fallen tree had closed the highway near the Kerei Street intersection at 9.14am.

Eastland Network confirmed Matawai had lost power for the second time this morning, after an earlier event resulted in power being lost to the entire district for 50 minutes from 2am.

The spokeswoman could not give an expected time for when power would be restored.

A Matawai resident told The Gisborne Herald the township was without power.

Trees were down in Motu Road and in side streets in the township.

Powerful winds had been blowing all night, she said.

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