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There are now 967 active cases of COVID-19 across Hawke’s Bay.

Yesterday, the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reported 168 new cases – with 93 in Hastings, 58 in Napier, 12 in CHB and 5 in Wairoa.

One person is in hospital with COVID-19.

Central Hawke’s Bay now sits at 39 active cases.

An update from the MidCentral DHB yesterday had 66 active cases in the Tararua District.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Maori double-vaxxed in CHB has reached the 90% milestone – the first district in the region to reach the 90% mark.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says it is working closely with both the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council after a power failure at the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant saw raw sewage leak into the Tukituki River.

The incident occurred on Monday afternoon.

Yesterday the Council said the electrical fault resulted in wastewater being released into the Pah Flat Drain.

The fault also resulted in electrical back-up systems and alarms failing.

Council Chief Executive, Monique Davidson, said Council are disappointed that the back-up systems they can normally rely on failed in this instance.

She said Council take any impact on our local environment seriously, and are proactively seeking to understand why the back-up systems have failed. 

 

Water samples from the Tukituki River were collected and sent for analysis, with results due in the coming days.

As a precautionary measure people are asked to refrain from entering the Tukituki River in the direct vicinity of the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant from the Mt Herbert Rd access downstream to the Tapairu Rd access below the swing-bridge.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are reminding locals not to leave their vehicles unlocked.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said over the past week Police have had reports from vehicle owners in Gaisford Terrace and Porritt Place in Waipukurau after vehicles were entered at night-time.

He said the vehicles had been rummaged through, and reminds people to lock their vehicles at night, even while parked up driveways.