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Hawke's Bay health officials are urging parents to check their children's immunisation status following three cases of mumps recently being confirmed in Hastings.

One was a student at a secondary school, the other two cases adults.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board medical officer of health, Dr Rachel Eyre, said mumps is a highly infections viral infection, spread by breathing, sneezing and coughing and can spread quickly among those who are not immune, particularly in schools.

She said if a child is developing a fever or has swelling of the glands around the cheeks or jaw, to stay home and phone a doctor.

Dr Eyre said it was important people with suspected mumps stayed away from school, work or community gatherings until five days after swelling developed or until well.

Catch-up vaccinations are free for people of any age.


A District Civic Service in conjunction with the Returned Servicemen’s Associations of Waipukurau, Waipawa and Takapau will be held in Waipawa on Sunday to commemorate Armistice Day.

This year marks the one-hundreth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War 1.

For the past four years, Central Hawke’s Bay, along with communities across the whole of New Zealand, have been recognising those that lost their lives through Fields of Remembrance, and crosses will be laid at Sunday's service for those lost in 1918.

The District Civic Service will be held at Nelly Jull Park in Waipawa on Sunday 11 November at 11am.

Mayor Alex Walker noted her appreciation for the support she has received from local RSA’s, and thanked the Presidents of our local RSAs – Janet Castell from Waipukurau and Districts, Maitland Manning from Waipawa and Districts, and Phillip McNally from Takapau and Districts.


Nine locals will attempt to beat the Guiness World Record for the most marshmellows eaten in a minute today.

The CHB Business Association has organised the attempt as part of Boulevard Day.

The current record is 25 marshmellows in a minute, and those wanting to see if the record will be broken, can see the particpants at 1pm on the Green Patch.