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News in brief, April 29, 2023

Mellow weather
in the forecast

It’s looking like a cloudy weekend that’s slightly less chilly than the past week. The high for today is forecast as 18 degrees Celsius in Masterton, with clouds and north easterlies developing in the morning across Wairarapa, and the region expected to reach a low of 8 degrees Celsius on Saturday night. Sunday is forecast to be slightly warmer, reaching up to 20 degrees Celsius with light winds of 8 km and a very low rain forecast.

Cyclist crash

on Chapel St

A crash involving a vehicle and a cyclist on Masterton’s Chapel St was reported yesterday at midday. Police were notified and spoke to those involved. No road blockages or injuries were reported.

Truck vs bridge

A vehicle collided with a rail bridge just north of Eketahuna soon after 3pm yesterday afternoon. A police spokesperson said no injuries were reported, but the vehicle had blocked one lane of traffic. A crew were dispatched to clear the road at about 4.15pm.

How smart
are you?

Next weekend Life Education is holding a quiz night and charity auction at Wairarapa College Auditorium. Anyone who went to primary school in New Zealand is familiar with the lessons and jokes of Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, who tours around the country in his caravan educating tamariki on health, wellbeing, and the importance of being kind to one another. Life Education, which is fully funded through grants and fundraising, has been hit with unexpected maintenance costs. Register for the quiz fundraiser at www.helpingharold.com

Pup finally
finds a home

In a happy end to a drawn out and nerve-racking saga, Masterton SPCA’s longest dog-in-residence, Quinn, was adopted yesterday after spending a year at the animal rehoming agency. Masterton SPCA is currently running a half-price adoption event that started on Wednesday and ends on May 7th. There are 33 cats and kittens who are looking for a home, and anyone thinking about adding a furry friend to their family is encouraged to pop in and say hi.

Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary
Bella Cleary is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age, originally hailing from Wellington. She is interested in social issues and writes about the local arts and culture scene.

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