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Cranford Hospice is calling on the Hawke’s Bay community to help build a new hospice

The organisation has so far raised $8 million of the $15 million provisional target needed to build a new hospice.

A further $5 million will come from the Cranford Hospice Foundation Endowment fund.

A successful Karamu Rotary Cocktail Party was held last Friday night, marking the launch of a public fundraising campaign.

Cranford CEO Janice Byford-Jones says for 40 years, Cranford Hospice has been providing care to people living with a life-limiting condition and their whanau.

She says by early 2025 it is estimated they will need to support another 500 Hawke’s Bay patients and their families each year.

Cranford Hospice will build its new facility on land at Pakowhai, between Napier and Hastings.

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Central Hawke’s Bay has dropped below the one hundred mark for active COVID-19 cases.

As at yesterday the district had 83 cases, significantly down on the past two weeks.

There are currently 1655 active cases in the region, with 34 people in hospital.

For Tararua District, there were 160 active COVID cases as at yesterday.

The MidCentral health region currently has 2042 cases, with 52 in hospital.

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A twice daily bus service between Central Hawke’s Bay and Hastings is being proposed in a Public Transport Consultation document by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

The Council has released a number of proposals including increasing frequency of bus services, supporting services for Wairoa, and more buses running at night time.

Council spokesperson Katrina Brunton says the current bus service is inconvenient and not useful for most people.

Submissions on the plan close on the 31st of August, with full details available on the Regional Council website, www.hbrc.govt.nz.