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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating after a cat lost a leg after it was shot.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the cat was shot on Hatuma Road, near J G Wilson Drive.

He said Police haven’t been able to pin down the person that fired the shots as yet, but investigations are continuing.

Mr Walker said a number of charges could be laid against the person responsible including animal cruelty and firearms offences.

This incident follows a dog being shot while it was in its kennel at a property on Tavistock Road late last month.

Mr Walker said Police have no concrete leads at this stage but are continuing investigations.

The dog has recovered from the incident.

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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has activated its full-scale COVID-19 emergency response structure.

The move follows positive COVID-19 cases being reported in neighbouring Lakes and Tararua districts at the weekend.

Chief Executive Keriana Brooking said while Hawke’s Bay was yet to return any positive COVID-19 test results, it was only a matter of time before the virus reached the region.

She said we may not have positive cases confirmed for Hawke’s Bay just yet, but we could already have undetected cases, and the region now needs to respond as if we have COVID-19 in our community.

Mrs Brooking said activating the DHB’s full-scale structure meant systems for a whole-of-community response were standing up to support managing future cases.

She said the vaccination rollout would continue its momentum and Hawke’s Bay Hospital was ready to mobilise to care for COVID-19 patients, should it need to. 

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With COVID-19 now confirmed in the Tararua District, Mayor Tracey Collis says she is hopeful the spread of it can be stopped.

Two cases were confirmed on Sunday, with a number of testing centres opening up around the district that afternoon and yesterday.

Mrs Collis says vaccination, hand-washing, wearing masks and using the QR scanning app are all important.

There are still only two locations of interest in relation to the two confirmed cases in Tararua.

Farmlands Pahiatua last Friday between 3.30 and 4pm, and Caltex Woodville on Saturday between 9 and 9.30am.

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The Tararua District Council has issued a precautionary boil water notice for Eketāhuna.

The notice was due to heavy rain over the weekend causing source water to become turbid and non-compliant with the NZ Drinking Water Standards requirements.

The Council says no E.coli has been detected in the water supply.

The Precautionary Boil Water Notice advises residents to boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, food preparation, brushing teeth and preparing infant formula.

A further update will be provided on Wednesday.