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One of the regions most popular attractions won’t open this summer due to COVID-19.

Splash Planet, which recorded a record year in 2020, will be closed for the first time since it opened in 1998.

The Hastings District Council said district councillors decided the risks to public health were too great to open for the summer season.

The Council had been weighing up the risks of opening, including seeking public health advice.

Mayor Sandra Hazelhurst said the facility could open under Alert Level 2 guidelines with numbers restricted to 1000 people at any one time, but there were big challenges with managing this.

She said this was coupled with uncertainty over when vaccination rates would reach 90 per cent of the population.

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The Cancer Society is running the Marathon-In-A-Month fundraiser from next week.

Participants can walk, run, bike, swim, or skip their way through to complete a marathon throughout the month of November, while raising money for cancer patients.

The Cancer Society says there are a number of prizes up for grabs, including Rebel Sport vouchers and a two night stay at the picturesque Lake Cottage in Taupo.

The event is open to individuals and teams, with more information at www.marathoninamonth.org.nz.

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Both the Hawke’s Bay and Horizons Regional Council’s have confirmed Maori wards for the 2022 and 2025 local body elections.

Both councils announced this week that they would create two Maori wards.

Horizons would have a Raki Maori, or North Maori, and a Tonga Maori, or South Maori, ward alongside its six general constituencies.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will increase its councillor numbers to eleven to allow for the new Maori seats, with a north and a south ward.

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Hawke’s Bay are away playing Manawatu tomorrow in the next round of the Bunnings Warehouse NPC.

The game, which is being played at Central Energy Trust Arena, kicks off at 7.05pm.

The Magpies have a clear lead at the top of the NPC Premiership table, and have secured a home semi-final, following their win over Waikato last weekend.

Magpies Head Coach Mark Ozich will be a guest on the Centralines Sports Show tomorrow morning from 8.

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

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The Waipawa Butchery Central Hawke’s Bay Premier Cricket team begin their 2021/22 season with a game against Napier Old Boys Marist tonight.

The game, part of the Murray McKearney Memorial T20 Cup, is being played at Nelson Park from 5 this evening.

Central Captain Dom Thompson will be a guest on the Centralines Sports Show tomorrow morning.

Our cricket coverage is thanks to Angus Schaw – Carrfields Livestock Agent.