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COVID-19 cases remained steady in Central Hawke’s Bay last week.

In the five days to last Friday, there were 46 active cases in the district, which is similar to the previous three weeks.

Hawke’s Bay as a whole had 506 active cases at last Friday, 409 of those new cases.

The region also recorded its 100th death from COVID-19 last week.

For Tararua District, there were 44 active cases on Monday, with 924 active cases throughout the MidCentral region.


A man recognised for his contribution to family violence prevention in New Zealand and the Pacific will be the guest speaker at an event in Waipukurau tomorrow.

Lecturer and trainer Rob Veale will give a talk on family violence prevention at the Waipukurau Club, with the event in support of White Ribbon.

The event will start with refreshments at 5.30pm tomorrow, followed by Rob’s talk from 6pm.

Anyone that would like to RSVP can do so by contacting Christine Renata at the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.


The Tararua District Council has begun inspections of 44 bridges around the district.

This week, bridges in the Dannevirke and Akitio areas will be inspected using a specialised truck, which will enable inspectors to get under them.

The Council says there could be delays for traffic while the work is underway, between 7am and 6pm each day up to and including Friday.

Next week bridges in the Woodville, Pahiatua and Eketahuna areas will be done, with Norsewood, Ormondville and Te Uri areas the following week.


Multiple fire brigades were called to a shed fire at Ormondville on Monday.

Firefighters from Norsewood, Dannevirke, OngaOnga, Tikokino and Takapau were called to the fire, along with support from Napier and Hastings just after 5pm.

Fire and Emergency NZ said a workshop had been made by joining several shipping containers, and a number of vehicles were inside.

A number of motorcycles were badly damaged, and there was also a campervan inside the workshop.

No one was seriously injured; however, the occupant of the property suffered a minor burn and smoke inhalation after trying to put the fire out.

It is not known how the fire started.


Lilly Laguna won the AFFCO NZ Waipukurau Cup at the Waipukurau Jockey Clubs annual race-meet in Hastings on Sunday.

An extra two races were added to the card after a meeting earlier in the week at Awapuni was cancelled.

Waipukurau Jockey Club President Kirsty Lawrence said it was a great day, with on-course turnover up on last year.

She said Lilly Laguna is owned and bred by the Chittick family.

Kirsty said the horse wasn’t expected to win, and paid $41.20.

She thanked the many local people and businesses who once again supported the race day.


Associate Local Government Minister and Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty says any small, rural water supplier that would like to apply for part of a recently announced $10 million fund can contact him for more details.

McAnulty made the announcement two weeks ago of the fund, which is aimed at water supplies that are not connected to Council systems.

Any supplier of water must meet required standards.

Mr McAnulty said meeting the standards might simply require installing a water filter on the side of the house.

He said applying and getting more information is easy, with suppliers able to contact him directly or by googling $10 million rural water fund.


Waka Kotahi has begun another series of information sessions on progress of the Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatu Tararua Highway.

Details here :

• Tuesday 15 November, 5pm-7pm: Dannevirke Sports Stadium (Supper Room), 6 Anderson Street, Dannevirke

• Wednesday 16 November, 5pm-7pm: Woodville Sports Stadium (Supper Room), 62 Ross Street, Woodville

• Thursday 17 November, 5pm-7pm: Te Ahu a Turanga site office, 1600 Napier Road, Ashhurst