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Good Sorts: Small town of Takapau fighting its way back from extinction

Almost everything shut down in the small central Hawke's Bay town of Takapau in the 80s - the pub, the butcher, the dairy and crucially, the doctor.

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Locals have been on working on a medical centre for decades. Source: 1 NEWS

But the locals refused to let the town go, and over the past 30 years they've been doing what they can to keep their town alive.

Now, the town is celebrating a milestone, with a GP available locally for the first time in 29 years.

Watch the full Good Sorts above.