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The Tararua District Council is working with ratepayers who may be struggling to pay rates instalments due to COVID-19 and lockdowns. 

The current rates instalment was due yesterday, and Council has extended applying penalties out to October 1 for those who could not pay online. 

The Council says ratepayers whose income may have been reduced as a result of the Level 4 lockdown should contact its Revenue team to work out a plan. 

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Waipukurau’s Unichem Pharmacy is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the public. 

Owner Charles Nairn said vaccine stocks arrived in on Monday, and the Pharmacy has enough vaccines for a few weeks. 

From today, anyone over the age of 12 can book for the free vaccine. 

Mr Nairn said at the moment Unichem will be doing vaccines between 9am to midday Monday to Friday, with some Saturday clinics as well. 

He said further down the track they will look at ramping things up a bit, and extending the hours. 

Anyone wanting to book their vaccination at Unichem Pharmacy can call them on 858 8060 to book a time. 

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Two local rugby clubs will receive products and materials from Bunnings Warehouse to go towards improving their facilities. 

Recipients of the Bunnings Rugby Assist were announced yesterday, with the Central Hawke’s Bay Rugby & Sports Club and the Dannevirke Sports Club announced as part of the 20 successful clubs from around New Zealand. 

CHB Rugby & Sports will receive $30,000 of products and materials and has plans to upgrade their changing room facilities and grandstand. 

Jade Connelly, who applied on behalf of the club said they can’t wait to put the $30,000 to good use and improve the community space for generations to come. 

The Dannevirke Sports Club will receive $10,000 worth of product and materials from Bunnings.