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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 these times are tough for us all and encourage everyone to be considerate of others at this time.

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Locals are heeding the call to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board said last weekend a clinic held in Takapau saw 460 people get vaccinated.

Extra days have been added to the vaccination clinic at the Waipawa Rugby Club Rooms, as clinics have been reduced in capacity to achieve social distancing under Level 4.

Previously run on just Tuesdays and Wednesdays, an extra day has been added each week for the next couple of weeks at least.

Clinics being held today and tomorrow are fully booked, with three spaces left for this Sunday.

There are also spaces available to be booked on Friday the 3rd of September and Saturday the 11th of September.

Bookings can be made by going to the website www.bookmyvaccine.nz.

The District Health Board in conjunction with Choices will also run a clinic at Rongomaraeroa Marae at Porangahau this weekend. 

Vaccinations are being done between 9am and 3.30pm on Saturday, with transport available to those that require it.

Anyone wanting to book can call 0800 22 38 43.

The clinic will be open to anyone aged 12 and over.

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The Porangahau Volunteer Fire Brigade was called to a tractor fire yesterday on a property on Mangaorapa Road.

The tractor was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived.

The cause is suspected to be a birds nest in the engine of the tractor.

The Waipukurau and Tamatea Rural brigades were also responded, but were not needed.