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The Tararua District Council has extended until at least next Monday the Precautionary Boil Water notice for Eketahuna.

The notice was issued early this week following heavy rain last weekend, which resulted in high turbidity levels in the Makakahi River.

Further heavy rain is expected this coming weekend, prompting the extension.

It is recommended resident boil water for drinking, brushing teeth, making ice, food preparation, and preparing baby or infant formula.

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A Heavy Rain Watch has been issued for the Tararua District.

The Metservice says in the 43-hour period from 5pm today until midday Sunday, there will be periods of heavy rain, and that rainfall accumulations may approach warning criteria.

For Hawke’s Bay, forecasters say there is low confidence of warnable amounts of rain from Saturday to Monday, and low confidence of severe southerly gales on Sunday and Monday.

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For the second year in a row, the Land Rover Horse of the Year Show has been cancelled.

Organisers confirmed the cancellation yesterday, saying that the show could not proceed in its traditional format.

Horse of the Year was due to be held at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds from the 8th to the 13th of March, and is worth millions of dollars each year to the region’s economy,

Organisers said they had been working continuously over the past months adapting the show to changing Government protocols, but the complexity of the Horse of the Year under the Red Traffic Light Setting proved too difficult.

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The Waipawa Butchery CHB Premier Men’s cricket team are in action tomorrow in Round 7 of the MJF Shrimpton Memorial 50-over competition.

The locals will play Cornwall at Cornwall Park from 11am.

Central currently sit top of the table on 38 points following six rounds of competition.