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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 1.

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Groups sitting on applications for the Creative Communities Scheme are reminded that they need to be in by the end of today.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council pushed out the close-off date until today following the country going in to COVID Alert Level 4 last week.

The Creative Communities Scheme has money available for distribution to local groups or individuals for the funding of local arts projects and activities.

The Scheme has three funding criteria – to encourage broad community involvement; to support cultural diversity; and to enable young people to actively participate in the arts.

Applications must meet one or more of the criteria.

Full details are available on the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council website.

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Hawke’s Bay Police are happy with compliance to COVID Alert Level 4 restrictions across the region.

Area Commander, Inspector Lincoln Sycamore, said Police have undertaken 2,248 pandemic-related activities across Hawke’s Bay and Tairawhiti.

This included 1,076 reassurance patrols, 497 reassurance patrols at essential businesses such as supermarkets, and 294 checks on businesses operating when they should not be.

Mr Sycamore said the vast majority of people are sticking to the rules, and where Police are finding breaches, they are initially engaging with the public and educating them.

He said Police has issued six warnings to date and have made only one arrest for disorderly behavior.