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K-Mart in Napier has been listed as a location of interest after a person who travelled to Hawke’s Bay from Waikato last Friday tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Ministry of Health said the traveller had an exemption to travel to Napier on Friday October 15. 

They returned a positive test for COVID-19 after they returned to the Waikato. 

Anyone who was at K-Mart Napier last Friday between 3.53pm and 5.13pm is asked to self-monitor for COVID symptoms, and get tested if any develop. 

The Ministry of Health said two close contacts of the infected person who are from Hawke’s Bay have returned negative Day 6 tests. 


Central Hawke’s Bay Police are urging motorists to travel safely this long weekend as increased traffic volumes are expected on our highways. 

Police are asking people to drive to the conditions, and maintain safe travelling distances. 

Sergeant Neil Baker said a fatigue stop planned for Labour Weekend Monday in CHB has been postponed due to COVID restrictions. 

Instead, he said Police will again be out on the highways in high numbers all of the long weekend. 

Mr Baker said officers will again be focussing on speed, alcohol, fatigue and distracted driving, and urges motorists to take their time and be patient. 


Local Police are still investigating an incident in Tavistock Road, Waipukurau last weekend after a dog was injured while in its kennel. 

The incident happened on Saturday night, with Police undertaking a forensic examination of the area earlier this week. 

Sergeant Neil Baker said the dog appears to have been shot with an airgun.   

He said Police would like to hear from anyone with information about the incident.  

Mr Baker said the dog remains in a stable condition but is very lucky to have survived the incident. 


Tararua residents who pay their regional rates to Horizons Regional Council are reminded that they have until Sunday to pay their latest installment. 

Horizons chief financial officer Adrian Smith says penalties are applicable following the 24th of October date and encourages ratepayers to settle their accounts this week.  


It is the final Ranfurly Shield challenge of the year tomorrow night when the Magpies take on Waikato at McLean Park. 

Tickets are still available for the game, which kicks off at 7.05pm tomorrow, but the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union is expecting them to sell out. 

The Magpies will be without Ash Dixon who left the team this week to take up a new contract in Japan. 

Head Coach Mark Ozich will be a guest on the Centralines Sports Show tomorrow morning to discuss the teams preparation for the game. 

Our 2021 Magpies coverage is thanks to the Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau. 


Emergency services were called after a man became stuck in dirt on Route 52 near Pongaroa yesterday. 

The incident was reported just after 2pm after the man became stuck in dirt in a ditch. 

FENZ said they unsure what had caused the man to become stuck, but a spokesperson said the dirt had fallen on him. 

An ambulance was called to check the man’s condition once he was extricated.