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CHB and Tararua Police are generally happy with how locals stuck to the COVID Level 4 and 3 lockdowns.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said in CHB said people were generally pretty good.

He said Police did have a number of calls from neighbours about parties next door, and from essential businesses where customers had refused to wear masks

In Tararua, Senior Sergeant Dave Fraser said the majority of people stayed at home unless absolutely necessary, but Police did issue some infringement notices to people that repeatedly failed to follow the alert level rules by meeting friends and gathering together.


The move to Alert Level 2 last night has seen further changes to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Boards Visitor Policy.

Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department will continue to have a strict no visitor or support person policy in place. 

Chief operating officer Chris Ash said the size of the ED waiting room made it impossible to maintain physical distancing from other patients if there were visitors and support people in such a small area. 

He said discretion would be applied for children and people who had special care needs or disabilities. 

In other hospital wards, including the intensive care unit and the CHB Health Centre, one visitor at a time will be allowed. 

Dr Ash said more than one person will be able to visit during the day, but each person can only visit once a day. 

All visitors must sign-in and wear a mask at all times.


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has announced a $376 million investment for Hawke’s Bay during the next three years.

The planned investment is part of a wider $24.3 billion investment in the New Zealand transport system set out in the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme. 

Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships Linda Stewart says the investment planned for Hawke’s Bay marks a 16 per cent increase compared to the previous three-yearly programme.

She says more than $53 million will be invested in programmes and projects in Hawke’s Bay that will help save lives.

This includes State Highway 2 between Napier and Waipukurau, and some high-risk rural roads.


The Hawke’s Bay Magpies will be back in action from next week.

The New Zealand Rugby Union has confirmed that the Bunnings NPC, along with the Farah Palmer Cup and the Heartland Championship games outside of Auckland will recommence from Friday September 17.

Teams are able to safely return to trainings from today with the move to COVID Alert Level 2 overnight.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Community Rugby, Steve Lancaster, said it was great to be able to provide some certainty for players, fans and stakeholders.

Our 2021 Magpies coverage is thanks to The Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau, which is open again from today under Level 2 conditions.