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There is another Strong Wind Watch in place for local areas today.

Metservice says in the 14 hours from 3am to 5pm today, west to northwest winds may approach severe gale in exposed places for Tararua District and Hawke’s Bay, south of Hastings.

The purchase, installation, and commissioning of a water fluoridation plant for Dannevirke is moving forward following a directive from the Director-General of Health nearly two years ago.

Last year the Tararua District Council paused progress on the plant, with the High Court undertaking a Judicial Review of the Director-General’s direction.

While the Court determined that the Director-General had not fully considered the rights outlined in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 when making the decision, it did not reverse it.

The Ministry of Health will fully fund the fluoridation plant, with 70% of the funds already released.

The plant must be up and running by the 28th of August this year.

The Council said it is currently proceeding with the design, final funding release, Ministry of Health approval, and installation of the plant by the deadline.

The man convicted of killing Mark McCutcheon in 2009 is to be released from prison following a decision by the Parole Board.

Hulio Ataria was found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 11 years and six months in prison.

A recent decision by the Parole Board said Ataria, who is now 37, would be released on March 11th to the Bay of Plenty region.

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID and Cyclone Gabrielle, the Landrover Horse of the Year Show gets underway today at the Hastings Showgrounds.

Organisers say the six-day programme includes New Zealand’s best onshore equestrian combinations duking it out for the top titles across multiple disciplines including showjumping, dressage, and eventing.

Event Director Sophie Blake says the jewel in the crown is the Olympic Cup which will be presented to the winner of the Showjumper of the Year title on Sunday afternoon.

The event costs about $2.5 million to run but generates many millions for the region’s economy. Details and tickets are available on the website