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News in brief, August, 4, 2023

Man still missing

A man is still considered missing on Mt Holdsworth, even after a three-day search effort by police and Land Search and Rescue [LandSAR]. Michael MacGregor, who police said is also known as Michael Namana, was last seen at the Rocky Lookout on Mount Holdsworth at midday on Monday. Police and LandSAR have had rescue parties out every daylight hour since Tuesday. A police spokesperson said yesterday’s search was localised around the Atiwhakatu Stream and Lower Holdsworth area. “Weather conditions in the area continue to be challenging,” the spokesperson said. “Several LandSAR volunteer teams are aiding the police-led search and rescue operation, and amateur radio emergency communications volunteers are providing support.” Wairarapa area commander Inspector Scott Miller said the search will continue today. “It’s a daily assessment, and what we do now is we bring in outside expertise to go through the search, the risks, and give us advice.”


In yesterday’s Times-Age, an article about proposed solar farms in Wairarapa noted that “Far North Solar Farm Ltd … currently has a resource consent for a 235-ha solar farm in Greytown with South Wairarapa District Council”. To clarify, Far North Solar Farm Ltd currently has a resource consent application for its proposed solar farm going through a submission process with the council. We apologise for any confusion.

Last of ‘Grease’

Wairarapa College’s production of ‘Grease’ is nearing an end. The show features classic fashions, big dance numbers, a live band, and a cast of 55. Tonight’s show is at 6.30pm, with two shows tomorrow at 12.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets are available at eventfinda.co.nz.

Creative scheme

Applications are now open for The Creative Communities Scheme, which encourages community involvement, celebrating gender diversity, and getting youth involved in arts activities. Masterton District Council is says round one for the 2023-24 funding year is now open. Applications can be made for anything from exhibitions to workshops and personnel costs associated with short-term projects. The cutoff date for applications is Friday, August 25. For more info visit mstn.govt.nz and search ‘Community Grants.’

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