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Central Hawke’s Bay’s popular Christmas Tree was erected on the Green Patch in Waipukurau yesterday.

A number of community painted decorations adorn the tree, with contributions from Mt Herbert Home, Woburn Home, Age Concern, Waiapu Abbotsford Daycare, Pakeke and the Paul Hunter Centre.

Local people are encouraged to get creative and make further decorations for the tree with blank ornaments available from Te Huinga Wai – Knowledge and Learning Hub.

Decorations can then be returned to the Hub for Council staff to hang on the tree.

Mayor Alex Walker said after another uncertain and tough year for many, it was important Central Hawke’s Bay closed out the year with some cheer. 

 Talented local artist, Jaine Hanson, will once again be painting wooden Christmas Trees on the Greenpatch, with Central Hawke’s Bay College students also adding to collection. 

 A number of local businesses and organisations were involved in constructing the Christmas Tree including Waipukurau Arts & Crafts, Tom Henderson, Steve Walker from CHB Engineering, Recreational Services, Centralines, Sloans, and Shelly Birdsall.

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The Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination van will again be making home visits in Central Hawke’s Bay tomorrow.

Anyone who is unable to leave their home to get the vaccine can phone 0800 153 240 to book.

Meanwhile another drive-in/walk-in is being held at the CHB Showgrounds in Waipukurau this Saturday from 9.30 to 4.

No appointments are necessary but can be booked online at bookmyvaccine.nz.

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Dannevirke has moved to Alternate Evening Water Restrictions.

The restrictions came into effect from last night and mean hand-held hoses only can be used on alternate evenings between 7pm - 9pm.

The odd-even numbering system applies depending on property number.

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Tararua has reached the 90% rate for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mayor Tracey Collis says the district is at 91% for first doses, and currently at 81% for second.

She says its been a massive effort from all involved in the vaccine rollout.

Meanwhile Central Hawke’s Bay has also reached 90% for first doses.