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A company which provides medical services for the events industry and first-aid training courses around the region has announced it is closing down.

Medics-On-Scene Managing Director Nathan Thompson said the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent response has had a far-reaching influence, especially on small and medium-sized organisations in the events sector.

He said the company have weathered the storm for as long as it could, but the business is simply no longer viable.

Thompson said that Medics On Scene would cease trading on the 5th of November, and then go through the process of closing down.

Medics On Scene covered the Hawke’s Bay area as well as Dannevirke, and had a station at Takapau.

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Rain and strong winds are on the way for local areas over the coming days.

A southeasterly change is set to bring rain and cooler temperatures from today through to Saturday.

Tomorrow, Metservice forecasters say there is high confidence of warning amounts of rain for Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, and low confidence of warning amounts of rain for the Tararua District.

Forecasters also have moderate confidence of rainfall reaching warning amounts in Hawkes Bay on Friday, with the possibility of heavy rain in Tararua.

On Saturday and Sunday there remains a risk of heavy rain over eastern areas.

Meanwhile there is a Heavy Rain Warning in place for Hawke’s Bay north of the Napier-Taupo Road.

Rainfall accumulations of 120 to 180 mm are possible in the period from nine this morning to eleven tomorrow night.

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Those wanting to go to the Waipukurau Jockey Club’s race meet in Hastings this Sunday are being advised to buy their tickets beforehand.

Jockey Club spokesperson Kirsty Lawrence says this is due to COVID-19 restrictions and people can buy tickets and pre-register on the Hawke’s Bay Racing website.

Kirsty says there are other options for those wanting to attend Sunday’s race meet, including signing up to become a member, and a package that includes beer, wine, food and a specially seated area in the grandstand.

Anyone wanting to find out more about these options can message the Waipukurau Jockey Club Facebook page or contact Kirsty Lawrence directly.

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A 62-year old Wellington woman who was refused free petrol at BP Waipawa, and who then lit a fire in her car, was taken into custody by local Police.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said after being refused free petrol, she moved her car on the forecourt and preceded to light a fire in the footwell of her vehicle.

Police were called, and the woman was arrested, and taken to the Mental Health Unit in Hastings.

Mr Walker said the plastic container she had lit the fire in would not have contained it for very long.

He said the incident could have had disastrous consequences.

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Police attended a single-vehicle crash on Kairakau Road on Monday night.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the driver had gone around a corner a little bit fast and hit a bank.

The driver had left the vehicle stationary in the middle of the road on a blind corner, and left the scene.

Mr Walker thanked passers-by for putting road cones around the scene. 

Police caught up with the driver later that night.