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State Highway 2 north of Dannevirke was closed for about 90 minutes on Friday evening following a three-car crash.

Emergency services were called about 5.30pm, with one person receiving moderate injuries.

Fire & Emergency NZ had to remove one person from a vehicle.

A rescue helicopter was called, but was not required.

Meanwhile two people were taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital following an accident on Tamumu Road Waipawa on Friday.

The accident happened around 9.30pm.

One person suffered moderate injuries, the other minor injuries.


Another case of COVID-19 has been detected in Hawke’s Bay.

The Ministry of Health announced the case yesterday after the person tested positive for the virus after visiting Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s ED on Saturday night.

No hospital staff have had to be stood down as all were wearing PPE gear, and patients in the waiting room have been deemed a low exposure risk.

Four locations of interest have been identified so far – “Lick This” Icecream Parlour on Sunday November 21 between 2pm-3pm; Pak N Save Napier on Thursday November 25 between 8.30pm-10pm; Unichem Storford Pharmacy on November 27 between 4.15pm-5.15pm; and Flex Fitness in Hastings on November 23 between 6pm-7.30pm.


In light of the Hawke’s Bay case, the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board says no-appointment testing will be available in CHB from today.

The clinic, behind the CHB Health Centre, will operate between 9am and 5pm.


COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinics will continue in Central Hawke’s Bay this week.

The vaccination van will be at Russell Park in Waipukurau between 3pm and 8pm today.

The van will also visit Tikokino, OngaOnga, Flemington and Porangahau during this week.

Meanwhile Central Hawke’s Bays vaccination rate is nearing the 90% mark for first doses.

In figures released on Friday, the district was at 89%.

In total, the Hawke’s Bay region is at 89.9% for first doses, and 80% for second doses.


The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has been awarded Highly Commended for its 2021-2031 Long Term Plan Consultation Document.

The document, titled “Facing the Facts” was entered into the Taituara Great Consultation Document Competition.

The competition is undertaken by local government authority Taituarā, to recognise the best in practice around the sector, and to share learnings with other local government organisations. 


56 entries were received, and Council Chief Executive, Monique Davidson, said she was proud of her team for being recognised as one of the top two entries.

Taituara Chief Advisor Raymond Horan said Central Hawke’s Bay is a council that has significantly upped its game in community engagement in the last few years.