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A Strong Wind Watch is in place for Hawke’s Bay this morning.

North to northwest winds are expected to approach severe gale at times in exposed areas of the region until about eleven o’clock tonight.

Strong winds woke some Central Hawke’s Bay residents this morning.

On social media one person said the wind had caused their “bed to shake”, while another said their power box had been taken out, and they were without electricity.

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Meanwhile strong winds on Friday night saw the Matariki Celebrations in Dannevirke called off.

Organisers Ngati Kahunungu ki Tamaki-nui-a-rua said the event would be postponed until a later date.

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Dannevirke Police Officer Wayne Churchouse has been recognised with the Tararua District Council Civic Honour for Community Service Award.

Wayne, known to most as "Mouse", received the award for helping local youth on the Cactus program which he has been running for the last seven years along with his commitment to search and rescue.

The award was presented at the Dannevirke Christian Fellowship Hub in front of his family and work colleagues on Friday night.

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Weekend Rugby :

Manawatu Competition:

Dannevirke Seniors had a 19-7 win over Te Kawau.

Hawke’s Bay Competition :