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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is reminding people that it is not operating walk-in clinics for COVID vaccinations.

Earlier this month the DHB setup ‘super clinics’ to administer the vaccine to those identified in Group 3.

Letters are being sent to the estimated 50,000 people in Group 3 with details on how to make an appointment.

Another clinic is being run in Waipawa today, and the DHB say they are getting a huge number of walk-ins, which is putting pressure on their team to turn people away.

Further details on the ‘super clinics’ and the COVID vaccine programme in the region are available on the website hbcovidvaccine.nz.

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A part of Waipawa will have a full water shutdown for most of the day today as the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council works on a potential break on the mains supply on State Highway 2.

The water will be shut down between 9am and 5pm, and will affect some properties on State Highway 2, Great North Road, Racecourse Road and Watts Street.

Details of the affected properties are available on the Council Facebook page and website.

Council says water pressure to properties in surrounding areas may also be affected by the emergency shutdown.

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The longstanding chairman of the Central Hawke’s Bay Settlers Museum has been farewelled.

Hans Dresel announced his retirement after serving 12 years on the Museum committee, the last nine years as chair.

Mr Dresel, who lives at Porangahau, and owns Red Snap’r Electric Fencing systems in Waipukurau, said he had no experience running a museum before joining up.

He said he had visited plenty of museums, and had his private iron museum of items collected from around the world over many yearsbut had always said that when he turned 65 he would go to the museum and work as a volunteer.

Mr Dresel pointed out many highlights over his 12 years including the selection of current curator Jana Uhlirova.

Cleaning and painting the building also happened under his watch, with the most significant undertaking being the renovation of the hall into a purpose-built facility for local and touring exhibitions, and functions.

Museum patron Charles Nairn said Hans has served the museum committee well with his “boundless enthusiasm and dedication’.