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The Hawke's Bay Foundation has setup an emergency fund for residents affected by Covid-19.

The fund will provide money to charities to give to those who have been the most affected by the virus.

Foundation Chair, Giles Pearson, said while the full effect of the pandemic is currently unknown, job losses, social isolation, and strain on resources will see local charities under extreme pressure.

Details for charities on how to apply for a grant will be available next month.


There was one new case of Covid-19 in Hawke's Bay yesterday.

The 'probable' case was a female in her 20's, however the Hawke's Bay District Health Board says the case has been taken out of official figures for the region as it has been categorised as 'under investigation'.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the new case was linked to overseas travel.

Hawke's Bay's total is currently sitting at 33, with no cases of
Covid-19 in CHB.

Meanwhile Tararua has had another confirmed case of the virus.

The MidCentral District Health Board yesterday reported two new cases in its region.

One was in the Tararua District, bringing the total there to four.


Local Police are asking those in rural areas to report any suspicious activity or vehicles.

Sergeant Andrew Knox says there may be an increase in rustling and illegal killing during the Level-4 lockdown.

He says its important that the rural community report any suspicious vehicles or activity by calling 111 or the non-urgent 105 number.