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Hawke’s Bay Hospitals Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation ward has been locked down to prevent the spread of Norovirus.

The Hawke’s Bay DHB says no visitors will be allowed, and all necessary infection, prevention and control measures are being taken to protect patients and staff.

Norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones said it is important for anyone with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or stomach cramps to stay away from work or school for 48 hours after symptoms disappear.

The DHB’s Public Health Team is also supporting three early childhood centres who have reported a gastro bug circulating in recent days.

All other wards at HB Hospital remain open.

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Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at the Waipukurau Mobil Service Station last night.

Police were alerted to a group of three people who entered the store at around 10:15pm.

A staff member was in the store at the time but thankfully was not injured.

It is understood the staff member activated a fog cannon.

A Police spokesperson said enquiries are ongoing to locate the offenders.

A scene guard is in place today while Police continue a scene examination.

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The Tararua District Council has issued another precautionary boil water notice for the Eketāhuna water supply.

The Council said yesterday that rain over the past weekend resulted in the Makakahi River having high turbidity levels, exceeding what the current water treatment plant can treat while meeting the NZ Drinking Water Standards.

A water tanker will be available for residents from today, with details to be posted on the Councils’ Facebook page.

An upgrade of the supply is currently underway, and is expected to be completed by the end of next month.

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Central Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating after a 13 year old girl was approached by a male in Waipawa on Saturday.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said the girl was walking on Waipawa’s main street when she was approached by the male and asked if she wanted to go somewhere with him

He said the incident happened during the day, and on a busy street

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A reminder for Waipawa residents that the towns water supply will be shutoff between 9pm tonight and 5am tomorrow.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says the shutdown is part of a critical upgrade to the Waipawa Water Growth and Firefighting Supply.