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There are 1275 active COVID-19 cases in Hawke’s Bay.

Yesterday the Ministry of Health announced 186 new cases in the region, which included 13 in Central Hawke’s Bay.

CHB’s total active cases sit at 86.

In Tararua District, there are currently 176 active COVID cases.

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A Strong Wind Warning remains in place this morning.

Westerly gales are forecast to potentially reach 120km/hr at times until around 10am in Tararua District and for areas of Hawke’s Bay south of Hastings.

Yesterday, strong winds saw flights in and out of Napier Airport delayed, some road closures, and the cancellation of a planned water shutdown in Waipukurau.

School buses were also cancelled out of safety concerns yesterday.

Old Hill Road remains the only road closed in Central Hawke’s Bay this morning.

The road is closed between the 5km and 8km mark.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council says its contractors will be out this morning checking roads and clearing any debris.

Council Chief Executive Doug Tate said we can expect debris across large parts of the roading network, particularly in coastal areas.

He encourages anyone who experiences any issues to contact the Council on its 24 hour number, 857 8060.

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An online auction to raise money for Pahiatua’s twin town, Kazimierz Dolny in Poland is underway.

A number of Ukrainian refugees have fled to the town following the invasion by Russia.

Currently the auction has raised $3,190.

The auction will run until June 26th.

Check out more details at www.tararuadc.govt.nz.