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There are now 639 active COVID-19 cases in Tararua District.

The MidCentral District Health Board reported 657 new cases in its region yesterday, including 38 in Tararua.

For Central Hawke’s Bay, the total number of active cases is 478, with the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reporting 85 new cases yesterday.

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Years 11, 12 and 13 students at Dannevirke High School are distance learning due to COVID-19.

Senior students were advised to learn from home for three days beginning yesterday due to teacher shortages and student sickness.

Principal Di Carter said the situation would be reviewed on Wednesday, and that juniors may be rostered home on Thursday and Friday.

The number of COVID cases is affecting a number of local schools – The Terrace School in Waipukurau sent home nine students yesterday, and had over 60 students absent.

Central FM understands Tikokino School is closed for the week due to COVID-19, and that Dannevirke Kindergarten is also closed.

Meanwhile, the two senior rooms at Pongaroa School returned to class yesterday after being rostered home last Thursday and Friday.

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The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is celebrating Neighbours Day Aotearoa.

The theme for Neighbours Day this year is ‘Kai Connections’ – which is about celebrating community and sharing food.

The Council is encouraging locals to touch base with their neighbours, and maybe drop off some baking.

There are also two $60 Waipawa Butchery Meat Packs to giveaway, with Council asking people to nominate their neighbours and why they deserve to win.

Nominations are being taken up until Sunday night, with the lucky winners announced next Monday.