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There were two earthquakes felt in local areas yesterday.

The first was a magnitude 2.6 quake at 5.40pm, which was centred 5km north-west of Hastings.

Just before twenty to nine last night there was a magnitude 3.0 quake, which was located 20km north of Dannevirke.

On Tuesday evening, a magnitude 4.5 quake centred near Taihape was also felt locally.


For the very first time, the Central Hawke's Bay District Council will hold its full Council meeting via audio/visual link today.

The move is in line with Alert Level 4 regulations and to enable proper physical distancing.

Mayor Alex Walker says the meeting will also be able to be viewed live on the Council's Facebook page.

The meeting, which starts at 9am, will discuss a COVID-19 and drought economic recovery plan, Councils' Annual Plan, and an update on the District Plan.


The Ministry of Health yesterday reported two new Covid-19 case in Hawke’s Bay, taking the total for the region to 35.

One of the cases was a female in her 20s, who was reported as being under investigation the day.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says following positive COVID-19 testing, she is now considered a confirmed case.

The DHB says initial investigations has identified that this person had contact with a number of staff and students at EIT in Taradale, before she became aware of her illness.

Anyone who was at EIT on the 23rd and 24th of March, during working hours, and has been unwell with a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, a runny nose or loss of smell should contact their GP or Healthline so an appointment can be made for them to be assessed at a community-based assessment centre.

The other new case confirmed yesterday was a female in her 20s, who is a contact of a confirmed case.