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The 39th Paladin Hawke’s Bay Rugby Sevens Tournament has been cancelled.

The event was due to once again take place at Central Park in Waipukurau on February 12th.

A decision was made earlier this week to cancel the 2022 Sevens due to the Red Traffic Light setting.

Organisers said due to COVID restrictions and the possibility of transmission in our small community, they made the heartbreaking decision to cancel this year's tournament, which wasn't an easy decision to make.

31 teams had entered across the men’s, women’s and colts grades.

Traditionally hundreds of spectators attend the event each year.

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With another COVID-19 case confirmed for the region yesterday, further locations of interest have been identified in Hawke’s Bay.

Hawke’s Bay Airport has been deemed a location of interest last Wednesday, the 26th, between 5.45 – 6.15am.

On the same day, a positive COVID case travelled on Flight NZ 5002 from Napier to Auckland.

Anyone in rows 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are being classified as close contacts.

This follows a flight the day earlier, also to Auckland, where a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile Carls Jr in Hastings has been named a location of interest on Friday January 28 between 9am and 5pm.

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Level 2 water restrictions have been put in place for Central Hawke’s Bay.

The District Council said yesterday the move aligns to the conditions of its resource consent from the Regional Council, which requires them to conserve water when rivers reach certain levels.

At Level 2 outdoor watering can take place on alternate days, at limited times only.

This includes the odd-even system, sprinklers only being used for one hour per day before 9am and after 5pm; and not leaving handheld hoses running unattended.

Full details of the restrictions are available on the Council website.

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Hawke’s Bay’s Small Hall Sessions continue this week.

The Wheel of Experience – who will tell the lives and legends of early New Zealand settlers through original song – are set to play at the Elsthorpe Hall at 6.30 tonight, and at the Porangahau Hall tomorrow night at 6.30.

Organiser Jamie MacPhail said a few changes have been made due to the Red Traffic Light setting, such as seating concertgoers and introducing table service.

Tickets are available at www.smallhallsessions.co.nz