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The Tararua Health Group says it has a zero-tolerance policy regarding physical and verbal abuse.

On its Facebook page this week, a post said unfortunately, Tararua Health Group team members have been experiencing more and more physical and verbal threats in recent weeks.

The Group says while it acknowledges people have frustrations about vaccine mandates and the streaming of patients, they have a zero-tolerance policy regarding physical and verbal abuse, and will call the police and trespass threatening individuals when necessary.

They thanked patients who continually show kindness and respect and are grateful for their understanding at these testing times.

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A new 80km/h speed limit for a section of State Highway 5, or the Napier-Taupo Road, comes into effect from today.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has reduced the speed limit along the 76km of the road between Rangitaiki and Esk Valley.

Waka Kotahi spokesperson Linda Stewart says together with future safety improvements to the road, the lower speed limit will make everyone’s journeys significantly safer.

She says while many would like the 100km/h speed limit to remain, the evidence clearly shows that it is not safe for this section of road, even for the best drivers.

The move to reduce the speed limit has been met with criticism from many groups – including the Hawke’s Bay Regional Transport Committee.

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Central Hawke’s Bay’s inaugural Art Deco Market is on tomorrow.

A number of stallholders will setup for the market on Bogle Brothers Esplanade in Waipukurau, and will run from 11am to 3pm tomorrow.

One of the organisers, Matt Sissons from Espresso Loco, said it is hoped the farmers market will become the first of many.

Anyone going along tomorrow will need a vaccine pass.

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The final of the Murray McKearney Memorial T20 Cricket Cup will be played tonight, with the Waipawa Butchery sponsored CHB Premier team having home-ground advantage.

After qualifying top of the table, Central will play Napier Old Boys Marist at Forest Gate Domain at OngaOnga.

The game will state at 5pm today, with the public welcome to view the action.