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With COVID-19 restrictions affecting spectators at next week’s Ross Shield tournament in Hastings, all games are being livestreamed.

The 2021 Ross Shield kicks off on Monday at Elwood Park, with Central Hawke’s Bay and Hastings West the first game of the tournament.

All 15 games throughout the week are being livestreamed on the Sideline.Live app.

The cost for the week is $9.95.

The Central Hawke’s Bay ream will travel daily to their games, while the Dannevirke and Wairoa sides will be accommodated in separate team bubbles.

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Today marks the end of the third school term.

Schools will return for instruction on Monday the 18th of October.

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Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has blessed and opened a new theatre-operations centre this week at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

The opening of the operations centre completes the first stage of a $20.8 million project to build a new operating theatre, upgrade surgical services and help reduce waiting times.

The DHB says the new centre will be the operational hub of the hospital’s theatre block where clinical handovers between shifts are held and key information is displayed on large screens, such as emergency surgery waiting lists and data from the wider hospital, including how busy other departments such as ED are.

Other projects to be completed under the nine-stage project include a new theatre admission and discharge unit, an upgrade of the post anaesthetic unit and construction of a new operating theatre.

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COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held in Takapau today and tomorrow.

Walk-ins are welcome at the Takapau Town Hall between 9am and 4pm both days.

Meanwhile, another two drive-in vaccination clinics are planned for Waipukurau at the end of October.

Outside of these clinics, vaccines are available through Unichem Pharmacy Waipukurau or from the DHB Super Clinic at the Waipawa Rugby Clubrooms on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.

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The 2021/22 trout fishing season opens in Hawke’s Bay today.

Fish & Game NZ says with a settled weather forecast for the weekend and the start of the freshwater fishing season coinciding with the beginning of the school holidays, it is an excellent opportunity to get outdoors with the kids and bring home a fish for the table.

Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Field Officer Nick Page says a family licence is priced at $178 and enables fishing anywhere in the country, excluding Taupō, for a whole year.