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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board will begin distributing RATS tests to rural areas in Central Hawke’s Bay this week.

People in rural areas can order their kits from the RAT requester website ( and can select to pick up from various locations.

The rural collection sites this week are:

Patangata Tuesday 5 April  from 1 to 4pm in the carpark alongside the Patangata Tavern

Otane Wednesday 6 April from 1 to 4 pm in front of the Otane town hall

Tikokino Thursday 7 April from 1 to 4pm on the side of the Sawyers Arms Tavern

Anyone having difficulty with the RAT requester website can also call in to one of the locations where a request will be processed for them.


With the influenza vaccine now available, the Tararua Health Group will begin running a series of flu vaccine clinics from today.

The first clinic will be a The Hub in Dannevirke between 8.45am and 4.45pm today.

Further clinics will be at The Hub throughout this week and next

Clinics will also be held in Pahiatua and Woodville, with further details available on the Tararua Health Group Facebook page.

The Ministry of Health is recommending flu vaccines for everyone aged over 6 months.

COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at the clinics.


The Magpies will run their popular Holiday Programme in the upcoming school holidays.

Open to all ages, the programme is designed to give kids the opportunity to develop their skills as rugby players.

The cost is $40 per child, with a limit of 100 per day

The dates are :

Central Hawke's Bay - CHB Rugby Clubrooms, Central Park

All Ages - Tuesday 26th April 9am-3pm

Dannevirke - Rugby Park

All Ages - Wednesday 27th April 9am-3pm


There are 477 active COVID-19 in Central Hawke’s Bay.  The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reported 38 new cases yesterday.

In Tararua District yesterday, there were 538 active cases.