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Wednesday 8th November

Strong winds will continue for much of the morning in Central Hawke's Bay and Tararua.

A severe weather watch issued by the Metservice said northwesterly winds were expected to strengthen last night, and rise to gale in exposed parts from about midnight.

Forecasters say winds should ease around midday today.

The weather watch was issued as northwesterly gales may become severe in exposed areas.

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Two properties in Onga Onga have been targeted by burglars in the past couple of weeks.

A burglary at a property in Bridge Street saw offenders take an ATV trailer, chainsaw and shearing equipment, with an ATV stolen from a property on Taylor Road.

Police say there have been several rural burglaries of late.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waipukurau Police or Crimestoppers.

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Five local jobs have been created following the establishment of a ‘surfacing unit’ by the Tararua Alliance.

Previously sub-contractors from outside the district have been used to undertake road and paving repairs, but the new unit will save time and money.

Tararua Alliance Operations Manager Matt Erard, says specialised sealing equipment was purchased, and they have worked really hard to make sure they got the right staff on board.

He says the move gives the Alliance control, will see a large reduction in sealing costs over time, and produce better quality pavement work.