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News in brief, August 1, 2023

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Apologies to all Greytown and Featherston [urban] Wairarapa Times-Age subscribers for the non-delivery of Monday’s edition. Please note we have credited all accounts and apologise for this inconvenience.

Drive-by shots

Police received a report at 4.30pm yesterday of a firearm discharged at a vehicle on Balance St, Masterton. Police subsequently attended the scene armed as a precaution. No one was injured, and those involved appeared to be known to each other. Enquiries are ongoing to locate the vehicle involved, and as of print deadline yesterday, there were no further updates.

Wind warning

MetService has put out a strong wind warning for Wairarapa south of Featherston from 6pm tonight until 5am tomorrow. Severe gale northwesterlies are expected in exposed places, with gusts reaching 120 kmh. Strong wind gusts could damage trees, powerlines, and unsecured structures. Driving may be hazardous, especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles.

‘Grease’ opening

Wairarapa College’s production of ‘Grease [schools edition]’ opens this week – featuring classic fashions, big dance numbers, a live band, and a “super talented” cast of 55. Opening night is tomorrow at 6.30pm, and will run until Saturday, August 5. There will be a matinee on Saturday at 12.30pm. Tickets are available at eventfinda.co.nz.

Fifa trains

An extra train will run from Wellington to Masterton tomorrow after the Fifa Women’s Football World Cup match between South Africa and Italy. Kick-off is at 7pm at Wellington Regional Stadium. The extra service will depart from Wellington Station at 10pm. Trains will run on the entire line between Wellington and Masterton on World Cup match days.

Finance package

The Ministry of Primary Industries has confirmed that a new package of financial support announced by the government on June 29 is now available for businesses, orchards, and farms that have been affected by the North Island weather events earlier this year. It’s available to businesses in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Tararua, and Wairarapa. Visit: www.mpi.govt.nz/cyclonerecovery.

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