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A Huia bird stolen from the Dannevirke Gallery of History nearly two years ago will soon be returned to its rightful place.

Police received a tip-off as to the whereabouts of the bird, which was the female of a pair shot in the late 19th Century, and gifted to the Gallery in 1990.

Dean Mudgway was subsequently arrested and sentenced to 19 months imprisonment for the theft.

Police found the bird at a property in Paraparaumu when executing a search warrant last week.

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A film night showcasing OngaOnga’s local heroes was an outstanding success.

Series One of Local Heroes was screened at the OngaOnga Town Hall last Saturday night.

OngaOnga Historical Society spokesperson, Dennis Schaw, said people came from as far afield as Tauranga, Taupo, Palmerston North, Napier and Hastings for the showing.

He said a lot of locals also helped fill the hall.

Dennis said on arrival, filmgoers were greeted to the sound of music from the 50’s and 60’s era, a beautifully decorated Hall, and red carpet was laid for the celebrities. 

He said Series Two will show in November.     

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Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is urging people to take steps to ensure they can deal with minor ailments at home to alleviate stress on health providers as COVID-19 and increasing cases of influenza put pressure on the Emergency Department and hospital services.

There are currently 20 people in Hawke’s Bay Hospital with COVID-19 and 10 people with influenza.

Of the 10 with influenza, two have needed ICU care.

The DHB’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Ash said that while people with serious illness and injuries should always seek assistance, the hospital was seeing a large increase in the number of respiratory illness presentations which was creating long wait times.

Mr Ash urged people to seek advice about their health care early through a variety of ways to avoid minor health issues presenting to ED, and more urgent situations becoming an emergency.