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No one was injured following a two-car crash near Takapau earlier this week.

Emergency services were called to the accident at 3.30pm Monday at the intersection of State Highway 50 and State Highway 2.

Sergeant Neil Baker from CHB Police said a vehicle pulled out of the SH50 intersection to turn right and head south and collided with a northbound vehicle on SH2.

He said did not see the northbound vehicle due to two other northbound vehicles turning right into SH50 at the time.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says it is prepared to respond after two positive COVID-19 cases were detected in Tararua last weekend.

Mayor Alex Walker says she has been meeting with the Regional Leadership Group for several months, to ensure a robust plan is in place if and when COVID-19 does arrive in the district.

She says the community can feel assured that CHB is strongly represented in ongoing planning with Hawke's Bay District Health Board, Iwi and healthcare providers to make sure that the district is cared for and prioritised in preparing for potential cases that may eventually present themselves here.

Mayor Walker is urging anyone who has cold and flu like symptoms to get a COVID test – whether vaccinated or not, and for those who are not yet vaccinated, to make an appointment as soon as they can,.

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Public Health officials looking in to the two positive COVID-19 cases in Tararua are investigating a common link between those cases and cases in Taupo and Masterton.

The cases were confirmed by officials on Sunday, but no further cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Tararua since then despite extra testing being undertaken.

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Three Central Hawke’s Bay Police Officers were recognised for their long service last week.

Hawke’s Bay Area Commander Inspector Lincoln Sycamore and Senior Sergeant Bryan Smith presented long service and good conduct medals to Senior Constables John Singer, Andy Walker and Shane Brooks.

Senior Constable Singer has completed 28 years with the NZ Police, with a 23-year commitment to Porangahau.

He has been the sole charge officer at Porangahau since 1998, and during that time was part of the United Nations troops sent to east Timor in 2008, as well as completing a 12-month stint at Pitcairn Island in 2015.

Senior Constable Walker has completed 14 years of service.

He moved permanently to the Waipukurau Station in 2011 and is now a senior leader for Hawke’s Bay Search & Rescue.

Earlier this year he also received a District Commanders Award for his commitment to Search and Rescue work and Disaster Victim Identification.

Senior Constable Shane Brooks joined Police 14 years ago and received a District Commanders Award in 2020.

Officer in charge of Central Hawke’s Bay, Sergeant Neil Baker, congratulated all three recipients, and thanked them for their commitment and outstanding service to the New Zealand Police and their efforts in keeping our community safe.