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Maharakeke Road was closed for a number of hours yesterday after a truck and trailer carrying fertiliser tipped over.

Emergency services were called to the accident around 9am.

The northbound truck is said to have left the road and tipped, spilling its load onto the road.

Traffic was diverted onto Station Road while the scene was cleared.

Maharakeke Road reopened about 3.30pm.

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Horizons Regional Council has adopted its 2021-31 Long Term Plan.

Council considered over 430 submissions, feedback on 2,263 submission points, and heard from more than 46 individuals and organisations.

Horizons Chair Rachel Keedwell said they heard from a large number of passionate community members who shared their feedback on the key issues highlighted in the consultation document.

She said there will be additional funding for Council’s priority areas of freshwater, climate change and biodiversity, as well as public transport, environmental education and some changes to river management schemes.

Rates in Year 1of the LTP will be increase by an average of 8.4 per cent across the region, an average of 8.2 per cent for Year 2, and an average of 6.5 per cent for Year 3. 

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More than 37,000 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine have been administered in Hawke’s Bay.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board said of that number, over 12,000 people have had both courses of the vaccine.

Last week just under 5000 doses were delivered. 

The DHB is continuing with the vaccine rollout to Group 3 via Super Clinics, including in Waipawa.

Those eligible for a vaccine in this group will receive either a letter from the DHB, or be contacted by their GP or health provider by the end of July with instructions on how to book an appointment.

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Central Hawke’s Bay District Council offices will close early today.

The main Council office in Waipawa, along with the Waipawa Library and the Waipukurau Pop-Up Centre will close at 3pm.

The Council says offices will re-open tomorrow at 8am.

Council’s Customer Services Team will still be available.