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In an effort to get more people vaccinated against influenza this year, a number of ways to get the vaccine have been made available in Central Hawke’s Bay.

Today, a Whanau Flu Clinic is being held at the Takapau Health Centre, where funding from the Royston Health Trust will see free flu vaccines to all Maori whanau this year.

No appointment is needed for the clinic, which runs from 3pm to 6pm.

Meanwhile flu vaccines will also become available at the mobile COVID-19 Vaccination clinics.

Both the COVID and influenza vaccines will be available at the Otane Market this Sunday, and at the mobile clinic at New World Waipukurau next week.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating a number of burglaries over the pas two weeks.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the burglaries have been spread out over a wide area, with a wide variety of items taken.

These include two large doors from a building site in Holyrood Terrace Waipukurau, a motorbike from Wakarara Road, a shed was entered in McGreevy Street Waipawa where a weedeater, leaf blower and sprayer were taken.

Mr Walker said another property in McGreevy Street had pot plants taken, while a property on Mangaorapa Road had fencing gear, post hole rammer and a chainsaw taken.

A car was also stolen from a property on Blackburn Road OngaOnga.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CHB Police.

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The cyclist who died following an accident on Weber Road last weekend has been identified.

Emergency services were called to a crash involving a vehicle and a bicycle about 4.45pm on Sunday.

57 year old Geoffrey Buchanan, from Dannevirke, died at the scene.

His funeral will be held at St Joh the Baptists Church in Dannevirke this Friday.

The police investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are asking drivers to stick to the road rules after 90 traffic tickets were issued in the two week period from Easter Weekend.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the majority of the tickets – including for offences such as speeding, no warrant of fitness, and not wearing a seatbelt – were issued over Easter Weekend itself.

He said the highest speed recorded was a vehicle clocked at 142km/hr on State Highway 2 near Takapau.

Mr Walker being clocked at that speed results in a significant fine and an automatic suspension of drivers licence.