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A Strong Wind Warning is in place for Tararua District. The warning covers the 8-hour period from 1pm today, withMetservice predicting severe northwest gales, gusting 120/km an hour in exposed places.

Forecasters say the wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines and unsecured structures, and make driving may be hazardous.

Strong winds are also expected tomorrow once again for Tararua District, along with Central Hawke’s Bay.

Metservice says there is a moderate confidence of a wind warning for these areas.

The annual Dannevirke A & P Show is on this weekend.

A change has been made to the timing of the show, running Saturday and Sunday.

Today will see the shearing section run, and Mahons Amusements will be in operation tonight.

A & P President Kirsten Wallberg says the change in days will hopefully attract more people to the Show.

She says the gate charge for adults has been dropped to $5, $3 for students, with U-12’s free.

Kirsten says the drop in price has been made with families in mind.

With a long weekend for some on the way, and the weather forecast looking promising up to and including Waitangi Day on Tuesday, local Police are asking those heading to the beach to have a fun, but safe weekend.

Over the holiday period Police had numerous complaints about motorbikes speeding on beaches, and Senior Constable Andy Walker encourages people to enjoy themselves, but to take care.

He says those going on the water should remember lifejackets and communication devices.

Mr Walker says people shouldn’t drink and then dive, and motorbike riders should watch their speeds.

Tomorrow marks the 93rd anniversary of the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake.

The quake struck at 10.47am on the 3rd of February 1931, measuring 7.8, and leaving 256 people dead.

Commemoration services will be held at Waiapu Cathedral in Napier at midday tomorrow, with a special ceremony at the Hastings Clock Tower from 10.30am.

The clock tower bell will ring at 10.47am, marking the exact time the earthquake struck the region.

Local touch rugby player Dallas Fraser is busy fundraising to get to Nottingham in England later this year to compete in the Touch World Cup.

Dallas has been selected in the NZ Over-35 Masters team to compete in the tournament, which is being held from the 15th until the 21st of July.

A shepherd by day, and family and at night, Dallas is busy raising money to get to England as players need to self-fund their trip.

He has held a number of fundraising events already, with a movie and hangi night planned at the Civic Theatre Waipukurau on Valentines Day, coinciding with the release of the Bob Marley : One Love movie.

Dallas will be a guest on the Centralines Sports Show tomorrow morning with John Swinburne to talk about his touch rugby career and about the upcoming trip to England.

People can also follow his journey on Facebook, by liking the page “Dals Drive to the World Cup 2024”.