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The second week of the school holidays is set to bring strong winds and rain or showers.

The Metservice says for the Tararua District and inland parts of Hawke’s Bay, there is low confidence of severe west to northwest gales tomorrow and Wednesday.

Forecasters say a significant spring storm during the first half of this week will see a low move slowly eastwards during Tuesday and Wednesday while deepening.

Winds will change southwesterly tomorrow, which will bring temperatures down from the high-teens to early twenties of last week, to the early to mid-teens this week.

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A New World Waipukurau customer is just over $25,000 better off after winning a share of Lotto Second Division on Saturday night.

Eighteen players won second division, worth $25,390.

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The Magpies have gone to the top of the Bunnings NPC Premiership table after a 34-22 win over Tasman Mako at McLean Park on Saturday.

The win was also the Magpies eighth straight Ranfurly Shield defence win.

Three planeloads of Tasman fans arrived in Hawke’s Bay for the game, which was a tough encounter.

Magpies prop Joe Apikotoa said right to the end, it was a very physical game.

The Magpies lead 24-19 at half-time, and Apikotoa said the coaches went back over the game plan during the break.

This weekend the Magpies play Canterbury away, with their next home game and Ranfurly Shield defence against Waikato two weeks away.

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

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Dannevirke JP Tom Castles has been named a lifetime member of the JP Association.

Lifetime membership of the Association is a rare honour, only given to those who meet selected criteria, including more than 30 years service.

Over the years as a JP, Tom has served as the president of the Dannevirke branch, as well as being a judicial JP.

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Local GP’s have joined other doctors from around the region in signing an open letter on the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The letter, signed by 126 GP’s, and published on Saturday, says vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective protection we have.

The GP’s letter says they know COVID 19 will sooner or later strike in Hawke’s Bay, and that unless our vaccination rates are high, our medical centres and hospitals will not have the capacity to help everyone.

They ask those who are still not sure about having the vaccine, to talk with a health provider they trust.

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Hastings East have claimed the 2021 Ross Shield.

The annual tournament wrapped up on Friday, with Hastings East finishing on 10 points.

They were followed by Napier on 8, Hastings West on 6, Dannevirke on 4, CHB 2 and Wairoa nil.

Dannevirke claimed the Life Members Salver Trophy as the best country team.