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Thursday 7th September

The Metservice has issued a strong wind watch for Hawke's Bay and Tararua.

In the 15 hours from 3pm today through until 6am tomorrow, forecasters expect westerly winds may rise to severe gale in exposed areas.

Areas south of Napier through to the Wairarapa, including the Tararua District, will be most affected by the winds.


A play written about a grandfathers experiences in World War One will be on stage at the CHB Municipal Theatre in Waipawa tonight.

'Bill Massey's Tourists' was written by Jan Bolwell, and is a sixty-minute solo play about her grandfather, Arthur Gardiner's experiences in the war.

The play derives its title from what Kiwi soldiers called themselves, referring to then Prime Minister Bill Massey.

Bolwell says the play is written from the point of view of a teenage granddaughter doing a school project on WW1 and trying to entice her grandfather to tell her about his war experiences.

She says the brutal treatment in training camps and the horrors of Passendaele are all told, along with jokes, dances and songs about the war.

'Bill Massey's Tourists' starts at 7.30 tonight, with tickets costing
$25 for adults.


The Festival at historic Pukeora Estate gets underway today.

The annual event will once again see over 100 stalls, with a wide range of offerings.

A number of demonstrations are also being held in the venue's Dining Hall including make-up demonstrations, learning about a family tree, cheese making and using seasonal produce.

A new event at The Festival this year is the Sunday Men's Tent, which will feature demonstrations on homekilling and BBQ'ing a hogget carcass, home brewing and carving.

The Festival is open from 10am - 4pm each day until Sunday.


A loss for the Magpies last night in round four of the Mitre 10 Cup.

The Magpies played Wellington, going down 40-27.

The Bay's next game is this Sunday at McLean Park at 4.35pm when they play Otago.