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Services will be disrupted at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board facilities today as nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants go on strike over pay and conditions.

Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation will strike between 11am and 7pm.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the DHB, Chris McKenna, said contingency plans were in place with only emergency and essential services continuing during the strike period.

The strike will see outpatient clinics in CHB closed, however the District Health Board said the inpatient ward would still be open and visiting hours would remain the same.

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One person received minor injuries following a two-car crash on State Highway 2 yesterday.

The crash, which was reported to be between a people mover and a light truck, happened around 2pm near Te Hauke.

Emergency services had the road cleared by 3pm.

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Elsthorpe resident Cynthia Bowers was recognised with a Royal Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The former Deputy Mayor of Hastings was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the community and local government.

Bowers was elected to the Hastings District Council in 1995, and became Deputy Mayor six years later under Lawrence Yule.

She held the role until standing down in 2016.

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The Tararua District Council will hold a community meeting in Ormondville tonight to discuss new branding and town sign designs. 

The Council would like feedback on the colour and images for the new signs, with the meeting being held at the Ormondville Fire Station from 7 o’clock tonight.