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Monday 13th November

A motorcyclist has died after hitting a pole near Woodville over the weekend.

Emergency services were called to the accident on Foley Road at Papatawa at 9.30 Saturday morning.

A Police spokesperson said inquries were being made into the accident to understand what had happened.

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A 10-year old Waipukurau boy who went missing on Saturday was located safe and well yesterday.

Police launched a search after the boy didn't return home after last being seen at the CHB A & P Show.

Police thanked the public for their assistance in helping to locate him.

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Over a million dollars will be invested to create nearly 17 new full-time equivalent nursing roles at Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Hawke's Bay District Health Board Chief executive Kevin Snee said the new Registered Nurse and Care Associate roles will be introduced over a 15-month period, with the first of the roles being filled by February 2018.

He said this is a significant investment of $1.128 million, with the majority of new roles in place by June next year and the remainder by February 2019.

Dr Snee said the Board was in the enviable position of being financially able to act on work undertaken through its Care Capacity Demand Management programme, which is designed to establish the right nursing resource to meet patient demand.

Part of the investment will also see re-scoping the role of Care Associates nursing positions, enabling them to undertake more clinical duties.

Dr Snee said this will mean Care Associates have the opportunity to develop new skills, which will help free up Registered Nurses.