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There are now 351 active COVID-19 cases in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Ministry of Health figures show there were 35 new cases on Saturday, and 23 on Sunday.

For Tararua District, there are now a total number of 469 cases.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Collis said on Friday that it is critical that anyone who is unwell with cough, cold or Covid-19 symptoms does not enter Dannevirke and Pahiatua Pharmacy or the Woodville Medicine Depot, as this places key health providers at risk.


There will be delays for motorists using the Saddle Road this week.

Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency says there will be a STOP/GO near Cook Rd, from Monday to Thursday, to allow for pavement maintenance.

Motorists are advised to prepare for delays between 7am to 5pm each day.


With demand for RAT tests outstripping supply, local Police are asking people for patience when collecting their tests.

Senior Constable Andy Walker from CHB Police said last week that people were getting “short and abusive” with the nurses at the collection site behind the CHB Health Centre.

He said the supply issues are not the fault of staff at the collection site, and they are doing a great job looking after our community.

Mr Walker said the nurses don’t have an everlasting supply that they can give out, and asks for people to show them a little respect.


Heavy rain is expected for Central Hawke’s Bay over the coming days, with the heaviest falls expected tomorrow and Wednesday.

The Metservice says there is a low confidence of warning amounts of rain on both days.

Forecasters also expect large south to southeast waves and coastal inundation for the Hawke’s Bay coastline from late tomorrow and again on Wednesday.


The Waipawa Butchery Central Hawkes Bay Premier cricket side have won their second straight Overall Hawkes Bay Championship,  

They needed a resounding win over Taradale at the weekend, and achieved that after bowling Taradale out for 87 in the 23rd over,  

 Central easily secured victory in the 18th over of their innings for the loss of only one wicket, with opener Kyle Gardiner scoring an unbeaten 44 off  41 balls.  

Best of the Central bowlers were Angus Schaw 4 wickets and Rythm Sharma 3 wickets.