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Commissioners have begun hearing submissions on the Central Hawke’s Bay Councils’ new District Plan.

Three independent commissioners join three Councillor Commissioners on the panel.

On Monday and Tuesday this week the panel heard from submitters related to the natural and coastal environment.

This was the first of seven topics to be heard, with the remainder of the hearings expected to be wrapped up by the end of September.

Hearings are open to the public, and will be streamed on-line.

The Commissioners recommendations are expected to be presented to Council early in 2023.

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There were 82 new COVID-19 cases reported in Central Hawke’s Bay yesterday.

The total number of active cases in the district now sits at 388.

For Tararua District, there were 45 new cases yesterday, giving a total of 540 active cases.

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The Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination van will be out and about in CHB over the next two days.

Today, vaccinators will be available at the New World Waipukurau carpark from 10am to 4pm.

Tomorrow, the van will be outside the Porangahau Hall from 10.30am to 12pm, then parked up on Charlotte Street Takapau between 2pm and 6pm.