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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) has supported staff working at the Hastings Hospital Emergency Department to issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) to Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) for failing in its primary duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.PINs legally require an employer or service provider to address a health and safety issue before a certain time.NZNO organiser Sue Wolland says issuing the PIN became necessary because repeated attempts ...

September 24, 2021

Local News

Dannevirke café Sugar and Salt is running a fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Blue September tomorrow. The café will be selling $5 cupcakes, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Blue September Appeal. Café co-owner, Amanda Lloyd, said she was inspired to make the cupcakes following a friends prostate cancer diagnosis. There are two cupcakes available – a blue velvet with a cream cheese and white chocolate icing, and a German chocolate cake cupcake decorated as the Coo...

September 24, 2021

Local News

Local Police executed a search warrant on behalf of Immigration New Zealand at a Waipukurau address on Wednesday. Immigration New Zealand’s General Manager – Verification and Compliance, Stephen Vaughan, said the warrant was part of an “investigation involving allegations of migrant exploitation”. To protect the integrity of the investigation, Mr Vaughan said INZ “would not be identifying the victims or complainants, any evidence obtained or commenting on the specific nature of the exp...

September 23, 2021

Waipukurau News

Local Police executed a search warrant on behalf of Immigration New Zealand at a Waipukurau address this morning. Immigration New Zealand’s General Manager – Verification and Compliance, Stephen Vaughan, said the warrant was part of an “investigation involving allegations of migrant exploitation”. To protect the integrity of the investigation, Mr Vaughan said INZ “would not be identifying the victims or complainants, any evidence obtained or commenting on the specific nature of the exp...

September 22, 2021

Local News

Precautionary boil water notices remain in place for the Dannevirke and Eketahuna town water supplies. The Tararua District Council issued the notices on Wednesday last week for Dannevirke, and on Friday for Eketahuna. The Council said yesterday that test results received showed turbidity levels in both supplies were still above required levels stated in the NZ Drinking Water Standards. Three consecutive clear tests must be achieved before the notices are able to be lifted. ------------------ Wa...

September 22, 2021

Local News

A car stolen from Wairoa was destroyed by fire in Dannevirke early yesterday.  Fire & Emergency NZ were called to the fire on Otanga Road just after 3am.  A Police spokesperson said the vehicle had been stolen from Wairoa sometime after 8pm on Sunday.  ------------------  The Mayors of Tararua and Wairoa say a study to look at the effects of forestry on their communities is not “anti-forestry”.  Last week the Forest Owners Association said the two Mayors ha...

September 21, 2021

Local News

It was nearly an all Central Hawke’s Bay final for Hawke’s Bay Netball’s Super 8 competition. Semi-finals were played at Pettigrew Green Arena on Saturday, with Central Sports Vet Services playing All In Elusive in game one. All In were heavy favourites after being undefeated during the round-robin competition but were pushed hard by Central. Central fought back in the second half of the game, after being down 27-24 following the first two quarters. Scores were tied 48 all in the final two...

September 20, 2021

Local News

A Heavy Rain Watch remains in place for Central Hawke’s Bay this morning. Periods of heavy rain, which could approach warning criteria, are expected until around 9am today. Metservice says the heaviest falls will be about coastal hills. A Heavy Rain Watch for the Tararua District was lifted late last night. ------------------ A precautionary Boil Water Notice for residents connected to the Dannevirke town water supply is to be extended out to next Monday. The Tararua District Council issued th...

September 17, 2021

Local News

Voting papers have been delivered for the Central Hawke’s Bay Consumers Power Trust election. Eight candidates have put their names forward for the seven places on the Trust for the next three years. Changes to the Trust Deed this year mean power consumers get to vote for all of the positions. Previously, three positions were appointed by various parties. Current members Alastair Setter, Marcus Peacock, Libby Tosswill and Karen Middelberg are all standing for re-election. Catie Avery and Callu...

September 16, 2021

Local News

The Metservice has issued Heavy Rain Watches for both Tararua and Central Hawke’s Bay from tomorrow. In the 24 hour period from 9am tomorrow, Hawke’s Bay can expect heavy falls of rain, and forecasters say rainfall amounts may approach warning criteria. For the Tararua District, periods of heavy rain are expected from 9am tomorrow until 1am Friday. Rainfall amounts may also approach warning criteria in the district. ----------------- The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has launched a free eas...

September 15, 2021

Local News

Potential warning amounts of rain are forecast in Hawke’s Bay and Tararua later this week. Metservice forecasters say a low affecting central and northern New Zealand, bringing a low confidence of warning amounts of rain for the two areas. Hawke’s Bay and Tararua may also experience strong winds from the south to southeast, and Metservice says there is low confidence of these winds reaching severe gale. Meanwhile a Strong Wind Warning that had been in place for the Tararua District was lifte...

September 14, 2021

Local News

Magpies head coach, Mark Ozich, has announced a move to Australia next year. Yesterday he said he had accepted a full-time role with Super Rugby team the Western Force, and would leave the Magpies at the end of the 2021 season. Ozich became involved with the Hawke’s Bay team in 2017 in an assistant role, before securing the head coach position later that year. Hawke’s Bay Rugby Chief Executive Jay Campbell said Ozich had formed an outstanding culture at the Magpies and said he was universall...

September 13, 2021

Local News

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is encouraging locals who haven’t booked, but want to get a COVID-19 vaccine at one of its two drive-in clinics, to simply turn up. The clinics are being run at the CHB Rugby & Sports Club in Waipukurau between 9.30am and 4pm today and tomorrow. On the ‘bookmyvaccine’ website, there are no appointments showing as being available for tomorrow, however DHB spokesperson Andrea Jopling says there is capacity for about 600 vaccines each day. She says peop...

September 10, 2021

Local News

Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating damage done to a metal crusher over the recent COVID-19 lockdown period.  Senior Constable Andy Walker said the crusher has been parked up for quite a while near the Waipawa Golf Course, and has been inactive due to Chilean Needle Grass concerns.  He said someone – who he suspects may have been younger people – threw stones and smashed all the dials and air cleaners on the machine.  The fuel cap had also been removed, an...

September 9, 2021

Local News

CHB and Tararua Police are generally happy with how locals stuck to the COVID Level 4 and 3 lockdowns. Senior Constable Andy Walker said in CHB said people were generally pretty good. He said Police did have a number of calls from neighbours about parties next door, and from essential businesses where customers had refused to wear masks In Tararua, Senior Sergeant Dave Fraser said the majority of people stayed at home unless absolutely necessary, but Police did issue some infringement notices to...

September 8, 2021

Local News

Two COVID-19 drive through vaccination clinics will be held in Central Hawke’s Bay this week. The clinics will be open on Friday and Saturday at the CHB Rugby and Sport Club in Waipukurau. Anyone over the age of 12 can get their vaccinations done at the drive-through clinics. The HBDHB says booked appointments will be prioritised, however some walk-ins or drive-though vaccinations may be available. The drive-in clinics will run between 9.30am and 4pm both days, with bookings able to be made by...

September 7, 2021

Local News

COVID-19 vaccinations are being ramped up in local areas.  In Tararua, the Tararua Health Group is adding extra clinics for those wanting to get the vaccine.  Tomorrow morning, there will be a clinic at the Barraud Street Health Centre, and the Health Group will also hold clinics at The Hub on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Each clinic next week will have capacity for between 120 and 135 people.  Meanwhile the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is looking...

September 3, 2021

Local News

There has been a major change made to this years Hatuma Half Marathon – with it now being run as a virtual event. The 2021 Half Marathon was due to run as usual on September 19, however COVID-19 restrictions have prompted organisers to make the change. Sport Hawke’s Bay Co-ordinator Nicky Heremaia said the current form means the event can only be held under Alert Level One, and with the uncertainty around whether or not we would be at Level One, the committee that runs the event decided to c...

September 2, 2021

Local News

The Tararua District Council is working with ratepayers who may be struggling to pay rates instalments due to COVID-19 and lockdowns.  The current rates instalment was due yesterday, and Council has extended applying penalties out to October 1 for those who could not pay online.  The Council says ratepayers whose income may have been reduced as a result of the Level 4 lockdown should contact its Revenue team to work out a plan.  ------------------  Waipukurau’s&nb...

September 1, 2021

Local News

Over 20,000 people received a COVID vaccine in Hawke’s Bay last week.  Hawke’s Bay DHB vaccination programme lead Chris McKenna said it was a mammoth and outstanding effort from the teams of vaccinators operating throughout Hawke’s Bay.  The vaccines were delivered at either a general practice, pharmacy, marae or church based-clinic or from one of the DHB’s mass vaccination clinics.  Chris McKenna said the total number of vaccinations delivered in Hawke’s Bay w...

August 31, 2021

Local News

Local residents are lining up for COVID-19 vaccinations.  Choices and the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board held a clinic in Porangahau on Saturday, with hundreds turning up to receive their vaccine.  The DHB’s Super Clinic in Waipawa was also full yesterday.  In Dannevirke, in drive-in vaccination clinic was run on Saturday in a collaboration between the Tararua Health Group, Ngāti Kahungunu, Māori Wardens and the Mid Central DHB.  More than 65...

August 30, 2021

Local News

The Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Day Appeal has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions. Due to be held today, Daffodil Day is the Society’s biggest fundraiser. Despite the cancellation, the public are still being encouraged to donate to the Cancer Society via the Daffodil Day website, or via major sponsor, ANZ’s website. Local Cancer Support Group spokesperson, Margie Hewitt, said hopefully they can do something towards fundraising when there is a return to Alert Level...

August 27, 2021

Local News

A 17-year-old Napier youth has been arrested after a Police car was rammed in Waipukurau yesterday.  Local Police were responded after a car allegedly taken in Napier was reported to be travelling to Waipukurau.  The vehicle was located, and police tried to stop the driver in Peel St, but the driver allegedly fled through the centre of town.  Due to safety reasons, the pursuit was abandoned.  The vehicle was then found in Mt Herbert Road, and it ...

August 26, 2021

Local News

The Ministry of Health says 20 people in Hawke’s Bay are self-isolating after being identified as being contacts of current COVID-19 cases. A map highlighting the current outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID showed there were people isolating in the region. None of those isolating has returned a positive test, according to the Ministry of Health.-----With COVID 19 restrictions forcing the cancellation of community drop-in sessions over the Governments Three Waters Reform proposals, the Centr...

August 25, 2021

Local News

With today marking day seven since going into COVID Level 4 Lockdown, Central Hawke’s Bay Police say they are pleased with how locals have responded to the “stay home” message. Officer in charge of CHB Police, Sergeant Neil Baker, said so far there have been no infringements or prosecutions to date for COVID breaches. He said officers have been stopping and talking to people who are out and about, trying to educate and work with them to discuss the lockdown rules. Mr Baker said Police know...

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