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The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says strike action by DHB psychologists will bring some delays.

District health board psychologists have voted not to participate in group work with patients or accept new patients during the strike period which started yesterday and runs until Tuesday the 1st of October.

Hawke's Bay DHB Executive Director Provider Services, John Burns, said contingency planning was in place to ensure new patient cases were well managed and group work covered.

He said some delays, such as longer wait times, could be expected across non-urgent services.

Urgent mental health care would not be affected by the strike action.


Samual Smith is the 2019 winner of the Wackrow Memorial Youth Award.

In all, seven young adults were nominated for the award, which was presented at a function last week for the 33rd time.

Jordan Adie was second, and Claire Seatter third following judging.

The award is in memory of the late Constable Graeme Wackrow, who was killed in a car accident when serving with the New Zealand Police while he was stationed in Dannevirke.

The judging panel looks at nominee’s community service and their contribution to supporting the work of local voluntary organisations and groups.

Samual's name will be added to the honours board for the award in the foyer of the Dannevirke Police Station.


A 21-year old woman is to appear in the Hastings District Court later this week following a family harm incident at Flemington on Saturday.

A 40-year old man was flown to hospital with serious injuries following the incident.

The woman has been charged with assault with a blunt instrument.


Tukituki MP Lawrence Yule will be in CHB today giving a talk on two pieces of legislation currently before parliament.

The MP will speak on assisted suicide and abortion at the "Lunch with Lawrence", which is being held at St Andrews Church Hall from 12.30pm today.