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A pedestrian suffered moderate injuries after being hit by a car on Coughlan Road in Waipukurau yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the incident around 4pm.

A Police spokesperson said the driver of the car may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash and was transported to hospital.

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Middleton Road was closed following a large grass fire yesterday.

Helicopters were brought in to assist local brigades fight the fire.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said traffic management was put in place, and asked people to avoid the area.

Fire and Emergency NZ was alerted just before 1.30 yesterday afternoon to the fire.

Middleton Road was reopened just before 9pm.

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A further call has gone out from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board for anyone with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild, to get a COVID-19 test.

The call comes after additional positive COVID-19 wastewater tests in Napier.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the positive results were detected from wastewater sampling carried out by ESR on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 December.

This makes three consecutive positive test results in Napier – with the first from wastewater collected on the 15th of December.

Dr Eyre said Hawke’s Bay does not have any known COVID-19 cases isolating in Napier, and said the results could be due to someone passing through the region, or a recently recovered case returning to Hawke’s Bay who are still shedding the virus, but are no longer infectious.

She said they hope to rule out any undetected cases in Napier.

For CHB residents, no-appointment testing is available today and tomorrow at the rear of the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre between 9am and 4pm.

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Napier’s Art Deco Festival will go ahead next February.

Yesterday organisers The Art Deco Trust released its plan for managing February’s Art Deco Festival under the Covid-19 Protection Framework, or Traffic Light System.

Each year tens of thousands of people attend events around Art Deco, with next year’s festival set to run from the 16th to the 20th of February.

Festival Director Greg Howie says plans are in place no matter what the traffic light settings are at the time. 

This includes vaccination passes, changes to how free events are setup, and the creation of special controlled areas.

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Police are investigating after lambs were stolen from a farm near Waipawa last weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the farmer had some lambs in a paddock next to his sheep yards, and someone has gone in, run them in to the yards, and helped themselves to a couple, presumably destined for the Christmas table.

He said Police recovered two lambs from an address in Racecourse Road in Waipukurau on Monday night, which appear to have run from the McCarthy Terrace area.

Mr Walker said farmers should perhaps keep their stock away from the yards to make it harder for people to catch them.