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The next two days will bring strong winds for Tararua District and Central Hawke’s Bay.

Metservice says westerly winds will become strong and gusty this morning for Tararua, and forecasters say there is a low confidence that a wind warning will be required.

For tomorrow, both Tararua and CHB are forecast to get strong westerly winds, with Metservice having a moderate confidence a wind warning will be needed for the early part of the day.

Maintenance work on the Saddle Road will see daytime closures again this week.

Traffic will be diverted along the Pahiatua Track between 9am and 4pm daily until Thursday, and from 10am to 4pm Friday.

New Zealand Transport Agency says the Saddle Road will be open in both directions outside these times.

Work to create a safer, better connected main street in Waipawa gets underway today.

The work, which is being majority funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency, will largely be done at night-time, reducing the disruption to traffic and local businesses.

Improved walking connections, temporary traffic calming measures and a temporary roundabout at the Ruataniwha Street/SH2 intersection are all part of the work.

CHB District Council Chief Executive Doug Tate says the project is critical to delivering on Council’s vision for our town centres.

He says the road changes are temporary in nature, with the interventions able to be adapted after monitoring to see what works or doesn’t, or even removed if found they are not successful.

Planned construction will take place between 7pm and 6am Monday to Thursday over the next few months.

A person was flown to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital last Thursday afternoon following an incident in Waipukurau.

A Hato Hone St John spokesperson said they were notified of an incident at 3.19pm on Porangahau Road.

They said one ambulance and a rescue helicopter were sent to the scene.

The spokesperson said one person was treated and flown to hospital in a moderate condition.