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The Dannevirke A & P Show scheduled for next weekend has been cancelled. The Show Management Committee said due to the recent announcement of the red-light system for COVID-19, along with the water restrictions in place for the Dannevirke District, they have made the tough decision to cancel the 2022 Show. A & P Society President, Pamela Henricksen,said they are utterly disappointed to be in this position as the show is a highlight for the community and would have brought a sense of normality to...

January 27, 2022

Tararua town signs being finalised

Above are some examples of the 30+ new town signs which will be installed across the district early this year. Tararua District Council has been consulting with communities to get input into the sign images and colours for each town. They continue to work with some towns to finalise their signs. "We want people to know when they enter and leave our places and district with great memories. We would like visitors to tell their friends and family where they have been. The new signs will help them t...

January 25, 2022

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A number of events around the region have been cancelled due to the move to the Red Light setting. Ngati Kahunugunu has cancelled its Waitangi Day Family Celebrations on February 5th at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park. Normally around 15,000 people would attend, however the Red Light setting only allows for a maximum of 100 people. Hawke’s Bay Tourisms Food and Wine Classic, scheduled to start this week, has also been cancelled. Organisers of the Triple Peaks Challenge are meeting today to make ...

January 25, 2022

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Hawke’s Bay has 13 active COVID-19 cases. The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board announced a further four cases on Sunday – all close contacts of the Hastings cluster. There are currently nine locations of interest in the region – six in Hastings and three in Napier. Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said with COVID-19 cases increasing, she urged anyone with cold and flu like symptoms, no matter how mild and even if they were vaccinated, to get tested. --------------------- Those ...

January 24, 2022

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Two further cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for the region. Yesterday’s confirmation brings the total number of cases in Hawke’s Bay to six – with one of yesterday’s cases linked to the four previous cases. The other is thought to have contracted COVID-19 while outside the region, with investigations underway. A further two locations of interest have also been named – Sazio Pasta Bar and Jetts Fitness, both in Hastings. ---------------------- Today’s Mobile Vaccination Van plan...

January 21, 2022

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The number of active COVID-19 cases in the region has moved to six. Yesterday the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board confirmed a further two COVID-19 positive tests had been returned for Hastings residents. , plus two confirmed cases announced by HBDB 20th January  Both cases are linked to locations of interest previously reported at Tu Step Fitness Class at the Ascende Global Church in Hastings. Hawke’s Bay DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the cases had been isolating ...

January 20, 2022

Six COVID-19 cases now in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay now has a total of six COVID-19 cases in the region, including a further two cases to report today. The Ministry of Health will officially notify these cases today, along with one case that missed the cut off yesterday, (19 January). One case is linked to the Hastings cluster, taking that cluster to five, while the other case is likely to have contracted COVID-19 out of the region. Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said people should keep up-to-date with the locations of int...

January 20, 2022

Vaccine passes required at Hastings libraries and gallery

In the interests of safety and wellbeing Hastings District Council has amended its COVID-19 vaccine pass requirements at some of its facilities.From Monday, January 24, entry to the Hastings District Libraries (Hastings, Havelock North and Flaxmere) and the Hastings City Art Gallery will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by all users aged 12 years and three months and over.Hastings District Council chief executive Nigel Bickle said it was a challenging decision to make, given ...

January 19, 2022

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Central Hawke’s Bay has the highest number of Maori double-vaccinated for COVID-19 in the region. Figures released by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board up to the week ending last Sunday, show 85% of the Maori population in the district have received two doses of the vaccine. This compares to 81% in Hastings, 82% in Napier and 80% in Wairoa. Central Hawke’s Bay’s overall double-vax rate hit 90% last week. ------------------- The Tararua Health Group has listed details of walk-in vacci...

January 18, 2022

New Zealand Food Safety advises consumers to cook mussels through

New Zealand Food Safety is reminding consumers to thoroughly cook mussels following an increase in cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus around the country this summer.Deputy Director-General New Zealand Food Safety Vince Arbuckle said, “Since mid-November 2021, there have been 31 confirmed cases with 10 people hospitalised with the illness from around the country, and evidence suggests a change in water temperature and conditions may make live mussels more susceptible to the bacteria.“As mussel ...

January 18, 2022

COVID-19 immunisation starts for 5 to 11-year-old tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (pediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January. The COVID-19 vaccine used for tamariki has a lower dose and smaller volume than the adult vaccine and is administered using a smaller needle. To be fully immunised against COVID-19 a child needs to get two doses of the vaccine, usually given at least 8 weeks apart. T...

January 17, 2022

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Two cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Hastings. The first case was announced by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board on Saturday night, with a household contact of that case returning a positive result on Sunday. The DHB said the first case was being investigated for links to previously reported cases. -------------------- Central Hawke’s Bay last week achieved the milestone of 90% of the population being double-vaxxed against COVID-19. Hawke’s Bay DHB spokesperson Chris McKenna sai...

January 17, 2022

Fitzsimon Faultless in Dannevirke World Cup

Tegan Fitzsimon is the rider all the POLi Payments FEI World Cup competitors are chasing, after posting her third win from four qualifiers in the penultimate round of the New Zealand league. Today’s victory, at the Metalform Central and Southern Hawke’s Bay Showjumping Show in Dannevirke, sees her head to the series later this month in a commanding position on the leaderboard.Eleven lined up today to be challenged by both course designer Roger Laplanche and very gusty wind conditions. Just f...

January 10, 2022

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A Dannevirke service station has been listed as a Location of Interest following a positive case of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health website, updated at 5pm yesterday, listed Caltex Westlow as a Location of Interest on Thursday the 23rd of December between 12.24pm and 1.45pm. Anyone who was at the location between those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after being exposed. If symptoms develop, advice is to get a test and stay at home until a negative result is re...

December 31, 2021

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are currently investigating a recent burglary at Total Gardening in Waipukurau. Sergeant Neil Baker said Police believe that sometime between Monday 27th and the early hours of Wednesday 29th of December, offenders have gained entry to the Coughlan Road yard and removed several items. He said the offenders would have required a vehicle to be close by. Two terracotta stands - approximately 70cm in height - along with a herb planter were taken, together with a selectio...

December 30, 2021

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Police have thanked St John Ambulance volunteers and members of the public, along with the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter, for their assistance following two incidents at Porangahau on Tuesday. In the first incident, emergency services were called to an accident involving a motorbike. Senior Constable John Singer said the incident happened shortly before midday when a motorcyclist, who was travelling in a group of three, lost control on a corner on Porangahau Road, near Cooks Tooth Road. He ...

December 29, 2021

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A 23-year old man was to appear in the Hastings District Court yesterday following a domestic incident in Central Hawke’s Bay on Wednesday night. Sergeant Neil Baker said Police were called to a Nancy Street, Takapau address where it was reported that a knife had been presented.  He said as a result, a 23 year old male was arrested on a number of serious violence and threat charges. The man was held in custody, and Mr Baker said bail would be opposed by Police. He said no serious injurie...

December 24, 2021

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A pedestrian suffered moderate injuries after being hit by a car on Coughlan Road in Waipukurau yesterday. Emergency services were called to the incident around 4pm. A Police spokesperson said the driver of the car may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash and was transported to hospital. ------------------ Middleton Road was closed following a large grass fire yesterday. Helicopters were brought in to assist local brigades fight the fire. The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council sa...

December 23, 2021

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The regions health officials are asking locals to Choose Well for health care over the Christmas and New Year period, and to be COVID responsible as more people travel around the country. Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said with more visitors in the region it was important people were familiar with the COVID-19 Protection Framework. She said there are three key things to remember at every colour setting of the Framework - Mask, Scan, and Vaccine...

December 21, 2021

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Two people were seriously injured and another moderately following a crash at Te Hauke yesterday. Emergency services were alerted to the accident just after 2.30pm on State Highway 2, near the intersection with Colin White Road. It is understood multiple motorbikes and a vehicle were involved. SH2 was closed until about 6.30 last night. Two people were treated for serious injuries, and they, along with a person with moderate injuries, were taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital. The Police Serious Cras...

December 17, 2021

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A number of potholes have appeared on roads around the region following heavy rain this week. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency spokesperson Jaclyn Hankin said crews were doing their best to address the issue, with contractors out in the rain, working hard to ensure that the state highways remain safe for motorists. She said it would take some time to repair all the potholes, especially while the severe weather continues. Anyone who sees any issues on the state highways is asked to call 0800 44 4...

December 16, 2021

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Central Hawke’s Bay has welcomed a new Police Sergeant. Damion Davies has been a police officer for nearly 15 years, starting on the frontline in Napier. He has worked in a number of areas of police – including CIB, AOS, Iwi and in community policing. Sergeant Davies says he has a passion for rangatahi, and worked with youth groups for a number of years. He says when the CHB position was advertised, he thought it was “him to a tea” with the frontline, community and youth aspects of the j...

December 15, 2021

Kairakau Road Re-open: One Lane Access to Through-Traffic a Week Earlier Than Scheduled

Kairakau Road is now open to one lane a full week earlier than scheduled, after Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and contracting partner Higgins worked at pace to design and build a new section of road. This follows the unexpected closure of the road at the 7.1km mark after a significant natural land slip took place on Sunday 7 November. Traffic will be controlled by safety signage, a 30km speed limit and priority give-way. Higgins will continue to monitor the lane on a daily bas...

December 14, 2021

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The New Zealand Transport Agency is in the final stages of assessing the Manawatu Gorge Road to  understand the risk to other users. The road through the gorge has been shut since 2017 due to large slips, and a new highway is under construction. Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis says there is a strong desire throughout the region to have this road made available for recreational use. Waka Kotahi are looking into the safety of the road for recreational users, and is also looking at maintenance and...

December 14, 2021

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police had a “fantastic result” following a checkpoint in Waipukurau on Friday night. Officer in Charge, Sergeant Neil Baker, said a large checkpoint was conducted on Bogle Brothers Esplanade by Police and Roadsafe HB staff He said over 600 vehicles were stopped between 7 and 9pm, with no drink or drug drivers identified. Mr Baker said it was a fantastic result, and hopefully one which will continue as we move into the festive season and these checkpoints continue. Serg...

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