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Charles Batistis was named Dux of Central Hawke’s Bay College at the 2021 Senior Prizegiving last week.

The prizegiving was held under COVID Level 2 restrictions, meaning parents and friends of the school were unable to attend, but was livestreamed.

Emma Thomsen was named Proxime Accessit and won General Excellence – Girls award.

Matthew Hulena won General Excellence – Boys.

Lachie Kirk was named Sportsman of the Year, with Emma Johnson Sportswoman.

Benjamin Cruickshank was named Year 12 Dux, Benjamin Berry Year 11 General Excellence winner, and Sinead Galloway Year 11 Academic Excellence.

The school prefects for 2022 were also announced – with Curtis Osborne and Ashlee Thompson Head Boy and Head Girl respectively.

Other prefects are Aidan Flack, Lochie Kirk, Bradley Booth, Amalia Stevenson, Harriet Strong and Rosie White.


The MidCentral District Health Board is advising anyone who has been in Pahiatua at any time from Sunday November 14, and who has COVID-19 symptoms, to get tested.

This comes after a positive wastewater test for the virus.

A testing site will be open in Pahiatua from today through until Thursday at the old Hoffman Ford Site in Main Street.

It will be open between 9.30am – 3pm.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Weir said it is possible there is undetected community transmission in Pahiatua, and testing will be key to detecting any community cases.


Two locations of interest in Napier have been identified after a person from Auckland tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Hawke’s Bay last week.

Yesterday the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board said initial tests of all identified close contacts linked to the case have returned negative, but further interviews have identified the two locations of interest.

The locations are :

 Big Barrel, Carlyle Street, Napier on 15 November between 6pm and 7pm

Paper Plus, Hastings Street, Napier South, on 16 November between 3.30pm and 4.30pm


Hawke’s Bay DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones said the negative results from initial tests were promising and further tests were pending with results expected over the coming days.

He said more than 250 people were tested on Sunday, but anticipates more people coming forward for testing over the coming days.


COVID-19 vaccines are available from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Boards’ Mobile Vaccination Clinic in Waipawa today.

The clinic will be setup in the High Street carpark next to the CHB Museum from 2pm – 6pm.


The Tararua District Council is installing another Electric Vehicle Charging Station in the district.

A new 50 kWh fast charging station is about to be installed in Eketahuna  to be operational before Christmas.

The Council says together with the two recently installed chargers in Pahiatua, the charger in Eketāhuna will fill a critical 80 km gap in the EV network along State Highway 2.

Tararua also has fast charging stations in Dannevirke and Woodville, as well as two slow charge stations at Pūkaha Mount Bruce.