At 2:30 am on the morning of March 3rd the wind speed peaked at an 42 km/h (note that this is not the highest wind gust, but rather the average wind speed over the 15 minute measurement period).
This is the highest average wind speed since March 9th, 2002. OK actually not quite 10 years but close enough.
Looking at historical records I found it interesting that although the windiest average month is January, a lot of the extreme wind records actually occur during the month of March. This includes the highest wind gust at the Waterloo Wellington airport of 120 km/h on March 30, 1981.