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A number of events around the region have been cancelled due to the move to the Red Light setting.

Ngati Kahunugunu has cancelled its Waitangi Day Family Celebrations on February 5th at the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park.

Normally around 15,000 people would attend, however the Red Light setting only allows for a maximum of 100 people.

Hawke’s Bay Tourisms Food and Wine Classic, scheduled to start this week, has also been cancelled.

Organisers of the Triple Peaks Challenge are meeting today to make a decision on February’s event, and the Art Deco Festival has events that can still go ahead under the Red Light setting, but some changes to the program are expected.

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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reported no new cases of COVID-19 yesterday but urged people to keep checking locations of interest on the Ministry of Health website.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said local health officials are currently managing 13 active cases and their close contacts in Hawke’s Bay.

She said all current cases were either confirmed as Delta or linked to known Delta cases, but as a precaution, public health officials will treat all future cases not linked to the known clusters as the Omicron variant.

Dr Eyre said it is only a matter of time before Omicron is circulating in our community – if not already – so we need to be fully prepared.

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Glen Beamsley hooked the heaviest Kahawai at the Porangahau Fishing Club’s Surfcasting Competition last weekend.

His 2.44kg fish won him $1000 from major sponsor Ben Allen Transport.

Second place was Jay Pomare with a 2.05kg catch, picking up $500 thanks to CHB Tank Cleaners, with third place Mark Orr with a 1.61kg fish, winning $300, also sponsored by CHB Tank Cleaners.

Vonny Vercoe won the $250 early bird prize.

The Porangahau Fishing Club’s next event is the Elgin Angus – Four Kings Crutching Four Day Fishing Competition from the 16tgh to the 19th of February.

Full details are available on the Club’s Facebook page.