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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has received an AA rating from Local Government NZ. The rating comes from the latest CouncilMARK report, where the Council received a BB rating in 2018. LGNZ President Stuart Crosby said Central Hawke’s Bay residents can be pleased with the council’s impressive commitment to excellence. He said the Council’s strong dedication to lifting its performance is paying off. 

Mr Crosby said LGNZ assessment found councillors are visible and respected in the community, staff think smart and deliver at pace, and the Council communicates openly and honestly.

The CouncilMARK report also found the Council to be performing well in financial decision-making and transparency, and in service delivery and asset management.

Some areas of development were identified – including increasing collaboration with tangata whenua and regulatory compliance.


A Hawke’s Bay High School has closed for the remainder of this week following further positive COVID-19 tests.

Taradale High School, which had a confirmed case last Friday, will close after five more students tested positive for the virus.

Principal David Oliver said students would be learning from home to allow time for further contact tracing with the Ministry of Health.


There was one further case of COVID-19 reported in Hawke’s Bay yesterday.

The case brings the region’s total active cases to 60, with 72 cases recovered.


The annual Swim-4-Lives Swimathon planned to be held next month has been postponed due to COVID.

Organisers said they had made the call to postpone the event due to the uncertainty of what might happen with Omicron in the community over the next few months.

The event has been running for six years, and has raised $36,000.

The money raised has helped CHB Primary Schools with swimming lessons, as well as Deep Water Survival lessons.