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News in brief, April 15, 2023



The Wairarapa Midweek has been named a finalist for Community Newspaper of the Year in the 2023 Voyager Media Awards. The Wairarapa Midweek was last nominated in 2019. This year it is up against the Ashburton Guardian, Mahurangi Matters / Local Matters, The Beacon, and The Devonport Flagstaff. The Wairarapa Times-Age news director, Roger Parker, has also been named a finalist in this year’s Best Headline or Hook.

Better weather

While the beginning of the school holidays started off wet, MetService has forecast a settled weekend ahead. Meteorologist Clare O’Connor said a region of high pressure will build to the southeast of Aotearoa over the next couple of days, bringing a drier northeasterly wind across the country. Today is set to reach a high of 17 degrees Celsius with a low of 9 degC. Cloudy periods and the odd shower in the morning are also expected today. Tomorrow is set to be clear with a high of 20 degC and a low of 8 degC.

Awards for

dairy industry

Greytown dairy farmer Alice Gysbertsen has become a finalist in the 2023 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards’ dairy manager of the year category. A 28-year-old second-in-charge based at Bryan Tucker’s 308ha 1000-cow farm in Greytown, Gysbertsen recently won the Dairy Manager of the Year title at the Hawke’s Bay-Wairarapa Dairy Industry Awards. The national winners will be announced at a black tie awards dinner at Cordis Hotel in Auckland on Saturday, May 13, after the finalists complete a final round of judging. The national finalists are competing for a total prize pool worth about $200,000.

Hill closed

The Remutaka Hill will be closed for essential maintenance tomorrow night from 9pm until 4am Monday morning. Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency said access will be available for emergency services throughout the closure. “If you’re a night shift worker or must travel, a limited escorted vehicle service is available for light vehicles.” Bookings are essential; email [email protected] to arrange.

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