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Those wanting the option of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine are able to book to have it at the Coronation Park, Waipawa clinic.

The vaccine was made available in New Zealand last week, with only 20 clinics across the country currently offering it.

Booking times at the Waipawa clinic on the www.bookmyvaccine.nz website are currently available tomorrow (Saturday) and next Tuesday, and the following two Saturday’s and Tuesday’s.

There are no clinics in Tararua District offering the Novavax vaccine at this stage.

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Central Hawke’s Bay is approaching 500 active COVID-19 cases.

Yesterday the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reported a further 60 positive cases, and 475 active cases in total.

The DHB also said the region had recorded its first death from COVID-19.

The DHB said thoughts were with the family and friends of the person, and would be making no further comment out of respect.

For Tararua District, the number of active cases dropped by 10 yesterday, to 507.

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The Wise Water Use group has presented a petition to the Central Hawke’s Bay Consumers’ Power Trust today, to express opposition to Centralines’s grant to promote the resurrection of the Ruataniwha Dam.

The petition also calls for the Power Trust to delete ‘water storage’ from the list of causes that Centralines can support financially.

Wise Water Use spokesperson Dr Trevor Le Lievre said the group believe the $200,000 grant was inappropriate, underhand, and involved potential conflicts of interest.

Centralines made the grant to Tukituki Water Security Limited last year who commissioned a report on water storage.

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Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of 25-year-old Hamiora Chase, who has a warrant to arrest.

He has links to the Napier and wider Hawke's Bay area.

If seen, Chase should not be approached.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police on 111 and quote file number 220314/3110.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.