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A Heavy Rain Watch remains in place for Central Hawke’s Bay this morning.

Periods of heavy rain, which could approach warning criteria, are expected until around 9am today.

Metservice says the heaviest falls will be about coastal hills.

A Heavy Rain Watch for the Tararua District was lifted late last night.

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A precautionary Boil Water Notice for residents connected to the Dannevirke town water supply is to be extended out to next Monday.

The Tararua District Council issued the notice late Wednesday following high turbidity levels in the water.

The Council said yesterday the notice will be extended until at least 10am Monday due to further forecast heavy rain, and the NZ Drinking Water Standards requirement to have clear water tests over 3 consecutive days once turbidity levels have reduced.

The Council said it may also be required to issue a precautionary boil water notice for Eketahuna for similar reasons.

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Both local teams in the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball Competition will return to action this weekend.

Following a delay by several weeks due to COVID restrictions, the semi-finals of the Super 8 will be played at the PettigrewGreen Arena tomorrow afternoon.

The Vet Services sponsored Central Sports Netball team will play All In Elusive in the first semi at midday, with Thirsty Whale Otane playing Hastings High School Old Girls Huias at 2.30pm.

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The number of family harm incidents in Central Hawke’s Bay remains high.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said local Police attended more than 13 incidents last week, which is very high for the area.

He said a lot of the incidents have been fairly minor.

Mr Walker said there is light at the end of the tunnel with the weather improving and lockdowns hopefully coming to an end.

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The Bunnings Warehouse NPC is back in action from this week, with the Magpies set to play Bay of Plenty.

The game is at McLean Park from 2.05pm Sunday, with the Ranfurly Shield on the line.

Magpies head Coach, Mark Ozich, said his team have been busy back training and are looking forward to getting out on the field.

Ozich will be a guest on the Centralines Sports Show Saturday morning from 8am to talk about preparations for the game.

Our 2021 Magpies coverage is thanks to the Leopard Hotel in Waipukurau.