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News in Brief, 4 September 2023


car drama

Police responded to several calls over the weekend reporting crashed or broken down vehicles. Just after midday on Saturday, police received a report of a vehicle broken down on SH2, Remutaka Hill, but no further details were reported. At 3.35pm, police received a report of a single-vehicle crash on Pownall Street, Masterton. The report said a vehicle hit a fence, but there was no vehicle at the scene when police arrived. A spokesperson for police said enquiries were ongoing. At 8.20pm on Saturday, police received reports of another vehicle broken down on SH2, Remutaka Hill. The vehicle had gone when police attended the scene. Yesterday at 8.30am, police received reports of a vehicle found in a ditch on Te Ore Ore Rd in Masterton. The police spokesperson said no occupants were located.

Gassed up

Masterton Fire Brigade responded to a call on Saturday at 10.02am, where staff of a commercial premises in Masterton believed they could smell diesel. On arrival, the crew didn’t report any substantial findings and a spokesperson said they left after advising the occupants to have the heating system checked.

on leadership

A Martinborough Community Resilience workshop on Wednesday will discuss what counts as good leadership in a disaster. The Martinborough Community Board, SWDC and Wellington Region Emergency Management Office will co-host the workshop. It will cover the characteristics and skills of an effective leader, types of leadership approaches and examples of how other community members have stepped up to lead when their communities were affected by disaster. The workshop is part of Martinborough’s community resilience series, the other part being an open day and response practice for Martinborough’s community hub, taking place at the end of the month. Wednesday’s workshop will begin at 7pm in the Waihinga Centre.

Weather ahead

The recent sunny spell will pause this week, with incoming patches of cloud and isolated showers scattered until Friday. There will also be north easterlies starting today.

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