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Potential warning amounts of rain are forecast in Hawke’s Bay and Tararua later this week.

Metservice forecasters say a low affecting central and northern New Zealand, bringing a low confidence of warning amounts of rain for the two areas.

Hawke’s Bay and Tararua may also experience strong winds from the south to southeast, and Metservice says there is low confidence of these winds reaching severe gale.

Meanwhile a Strong Wind Warning that had been in place for the Tararua District was lifted last night, and a Strong Wind Watch for inland areas of Hawke’s Bay was lifted early hours this morning.


The soon to open Central Hawke’s Bay Regional Digital Hub has a new name.

The Hub is due to open on Monday September 27, and has been given the name ‘The Knowledge and Learning Hub – Te Huinga Wai’.

The Hub will be home to a temporary library and associated services, for at least five-years, and will also deliver a range of programmes to bridge the digital divide.

Businesses, self-employed people and the community will be able to access services such as free Wi-Fi, co-working spaces and areas to present digital products and services. 

The final interior changes and fit out are planned for next week.

Central Hawke’s Bay Deputy Mayor Kelly Annand said while traditional library services will still be a key part of the temporary service, the much wider connection of people, knowledge, technology and business will be a key offering of the hub.


Nearly 1200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Central Hawke’s Bay last week.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board says 68% of people in the district have now had at least one dose of the vaccine – a figure which is on par with Napier and Hastings.

The region as a whole has 69%, or 100,696 people, who have had their first vaccine, and 36%, or just over 52,000, who are considered fully vaccinated.

Anyone wanting to book a vaccine locally can go to to book at the DHB Super Clinic in Waipawa, or can phone Unichem Pharmacy in Waipukurau on 8588060 to do so.