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The mobile Covid-19 vaccination van will be in Waipukurau and Takapau today.

The van will be parked up at New World Waipukurau between 10am and 2pm, then in Charlotte Street Takapau between 4pm and 7pm.

Meanwhile bookings for home visits are once again being taken for this Friday.

Anyone wanting to book a visit can phone 0800 153 240.


Five youths are being dealt with by Police Youth Aid after a house in Waipawa was smashed up recently.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the female youths went to a house in Rathbone Street on the 27th of November after what he called a “long running dispute between some youth from different areas”.

He said they had armed themselves, one with an axe, and it would have been a fairly scary incident for the occupants of the house.

Mr Walker said windows on the house and cars at the property were smashed.

One of the homes occupants suffered injuries after being hit with a glass bottle, and a pair of garden loppers were used to try and hit someone.

Mr Walker said the alleged offenders were all aged 16 and 17, it is disappointing to see this kind of stuff happening in our neighbourhoods.


Hawke’s Bay Police are urging people buying second-hand goods online to be wary of a proliferation of scams in the lead-up to Christmas.

A 25-year-old Napier man who operated one of these scams was sentenced to nine months’ home detention in Hastings District Court last week.

The used fake profiles to "sell" a caravan on Facebook Marketplace, with the person purchasing it depositing the money into a third party’s account.

The purchasers would never hear from him again.

Detective Constable Sharon Codyre said the victims, who were from throughout the North Island, lost large quantities of money that has not been recovered.

She said Police are receiving numerous reports of people being taken advantage of, usually when paying for goods they haven’t viewed.


Surfing for Farmers returns to Central Hawke’s Bay from today.

Pourerere Beach is the first Surfing for Farmers event from 4pm.

The initiative is for anyone associated with the farming sector, and thanks to a number of sponsors is free for attendees.

For those who have never taken to a surfboard before, all of the gear is supplied, and some coaching is also available.

Shearing contractor, and keen surfer, Neil Waihape says Surfing for Farmers is a great way for farmers to get some time away from the farm.

A further Surfing for Farmers event is scheduled for next Wednesday at Porangahau.