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CHB residents wanting to get a COVID-19 booster shot done this weekend will need to drive out of town.

From today the interval between getting a second dose of the vaccine and a booster shot reduces to three months, making many more people eligible.

TukiTuki Medical has no appointments available this weekend according to bookmyvaccine.nz, with the nearest vaccination clinics in Dannevirke, Hastings and Napier.

The Hub in Dannevirke has a number of appointments available tomorrow.

A drive-in is also being held at Splash Planet in Hastings between 9.30 and 3.30 tomorrow and at Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier from 10am to 7pm.

On Sunday Whitmore Park in Napier will have a drive-in between 9.30am and 6pm, and Totara Health in Flaxmere will run a drive-in clinic from 10am to 3pm.

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For those hoping for some cooler days – and some rain – the Metservice is forecasting a change in the weather this weekend.

After days of fine, hot weather, a front which has brought significant heavy rain to parts of the South Island will move onto Central New Zealand.

Metservice says for the east of the North Island, there is low confidence on Sunday of significant heavy rain over Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay, and on Monday for Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.

After days of temperatures 30 degrees and above, Sunday and Monday will see day time highs of between 17 and  20 degrees  in CHB and Tararua.

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Local Police are asking drivers to keep their speeds down over the long weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said last week alone, CHB Police issued 105 traffic infringements – 80% of them for excess speed.

Over the Christmas – New Year period local Police issued over 200 infringements – including a high number for speeding.

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The Tararua District Council is making a further plea for Dannevirke residents to conserve water.

Despite a Total Outdoor Water Ban being in place, water usage increased by 1% over the past week.

The Council says while this isn’t a lot, it shows conservation habits of some residents is slipping.

The Dannevirke Reservoir level is still decreasing, and along with the level of the Tamaki River dropping, means the Total Outdoor Ban will remain in place.

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