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Southern parts of Tararua District are in for a windy day tomorrow, with Metservice issuing a Strong Wind Watch for areas south of Woodville.

The Watch is for the 14-hours from 6am to 8pm tomorrow, where forecasters say northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places.

Northern parts of Tararua, along with Hawke’s Bay, are also expected to get strong winds for a time tomorrow.


With a large crowd expected in Waipawa tomorrow for the annual Spring Festival and Duck Day, Waka Kotahi will fully re-open SH2 through the town for the next three days.

24/7 closures were originally planned until Sunday however the Agency said the importance of this weekend’s event to the community and the local economy means both lanes will be fully open.

A Waka Kotahi spokesperson said the final piece of the improvements project, which involves asphalting the new raised safety platforms, will be done during the day next Monday, and anticipates the road to be fully open by that evening.


Health Minister Ayesha Verrall accompanied Wairarapa MP Kieran McAnulty on a visit to Dannevirke yesterday.

McAnulty said one of his campaign platforms is to improve localised health services in Tararua District.

He said when the Government undertook health reforms Central Hawke’s Bay and Tararua were on his mind when pushing for a rural strategy.

Mr McAnulty said he has been working on the GP shortage and trying to bring doctors in to the Tararua District.

McAnulty said Labour’s promise to build a new regional hospital for Hawke’s Bay will also be good for Central Hawke’s Bay and has been a popular topic when he has been door knocking in the district.


After a 42-6 win over Taihape in last weeks semi-final, the Dannevirke Tigers League Club will play Levin Wanderers in the Men’s Grand Final tomorrow.

The game will be played at CET Arena in Palmerston North, with kick-off at 2.30pm.

Two other games are being played tomorrow – with the Bottom Four Grand Final between Linton and the Taniwhas at 11am, and the Women’s Grand Final between Linton and Feilding at 1pm.


Two people were treated for minor injuries following a fire at a property in Waipawa on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire & Emergency NZ said four appliances were sent to the property around 4.20pm.

A Hato Hone – St John spokesperson said one ambulance was sent to the scene, with officers assessing and treating two people, both of whom were in a minor condition.

The spokesperson said they weren’t required to transport either person to hospital.