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All power outages caused by high winds earlier this week have been restored.

Outages were reported right across Central Hawke’s Bay, with Centralines crews working quickly to restore supply.

Hundreds of consumers were affected, some on more than one occasion.

As at this morning, there were no known outages on the Centralines network.

Meanwhile roading crews worked all day yesterday to clear debris from local roads.

Old Hill Road – that had been closed on Tuesday due to large trees being across the road – reopened late yesterday morning.

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Hawke’s Bay Hospitals ward for COVID-19 patients has been relocated.

Previously COVID patients were housed in the hospital’s gastroenterology building, but will now be cared for in a dedicated isolation facility within the tower block.

Chief Operating Officer, Chris Ash, said the new facility has undergone extensive structural, oxygen and ventilation supply upgrades.

Up to 26 patients can be accommodated in the new facility.

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Tararua District Council has begun delivering new recycling bins.

A kerbside recycling service will begin next month in Dannevirke, Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna.

Each household that pays urban rates will receive one 240L wheelie bin for recycling 1, 2 & 5 plastics, cardboard, and tin, and a 45L bin to recycle glass.

Information on collections days and what can and can’t be recycled will also be delivered.