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Over 20,000 people received a COVID vaccine in Hawke’s Bay last week. 

Hawke’s Bay DHB vaccination programme lead Chris McKenna said it was a mammoth and outstanding effort from the teams of vaccinators operating throughout Hawke’s Bay. 

The vaccines were delivered at either a general practice, pharmacy, marae or church based-clinic or from one of the DHB’s mass vaccination clinics. 

Chris McKenna said the total number of vaccinations delivered in Hawke’s Bay was now 123,021 with  55 percent having had one dose, and 30 percent of the population having had two doses. 

From tomorrow, the vaccine rollout will be open to everyone aged 12 years of age or older.   

Meanwhile Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones is continuing to urge anyone with symptoms of cold and flu-like illness to get tested. 

He said test results are being turned around within 25 hours. 

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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will hold another online session tomorrow over the Government’s Three Waters Reforms. 

Planned public meetings have been put off due to COVID restrictions, with the first online session last week attracting a small number of people. 

Mayor Alex Walker will lead the discussion, which is taking place online tomorrow from 4:00pm. 

Anyone wanting to join the conversation and have their say can email threewatersreform@chbdc.govt.nz or send a message via the Councils Facebook page to register. 

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The Tararua District Council says it is still tackling a leak in the Dannevirke Water Supply. 

The Council says it is still working with specialists to identify what is causing the loss of water at the Dannevirke water storage dam.  

While work to confirm the exact location of the leak is continuing, Council believes that the level of the leak has now been identified.  

A spokesperson said this was confirmed by isolating the dam’s inlet and outlet, and monitoring height changes of the dam cover as the leak continued.  

The leak stopped when cover reached approximately 4.3 metres.  

The storage dam is now gradually being refilled to enable further inspection by specialists using a remotely operated underwater vehicle, and identification of the exact location of the leak.  

Mayor Tracey Collis said Council continue to ensure that impacts on Dannevirke’s water supply are minimized while they are assessing the dam.  

She said Council appreciates that this will cause concern to some residents and commercial water users but are trying to keep any disruptions to a minimum.