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News in brief, August 11 2023

New interim

library hours

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] has announced an interim revised schedule of library opening hours across the district, pending a review of the library services. The interim schedule follows strong public feedback after library hours were restricted last month, following budget cuts affecting staffing for the service. The interim schedule will see the libraries in Featherston, Greytown and Martinborough open all day on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and half days on Saturday. The Featherston facility will be closed on Wednesday, and the other two will be closed on Thursday. A notification from SWDC said while efforts will be made to keep to the schedule, from time to time resourcing issues may impact the libraries, meaning they will need to close. “Should this happen then we will make sure to let the public know as soon as practicable through the council’s and the library’s websites and Facebook pages,” they said. More details are on the SWDC website.

New webcam

for Remutaka

MetService engineers installed a new webcam on the summit of Remutaka Hill Road on Thursday. One of the first images from yesterday morning showed the rain turning to snow at the site. The latest view from the webcam is at https://www.metservice.com/traffic-camera/remutaka-pass

Hill closure

The Remutaka Hill Rd is scheduled to close overnight in both directions on Sunday, August 13 between 9pm-4am. Waka Kotahi advises users to plan their journey to avoid travel at these times. For access over the hill, people will need a booking. Email [email protected] in advance.

Youth Council

Carterton District Council is seeking new members to join its Carterton Youth Council. Email [email protected] before August 16.

Duck nesting

It’s duck nesting season at Masterton’s Henley Lake, which means all dogs being walked in the wetland area need to be on leads. This is required from the beginning of August to the end of November. For more info on what areas are included in this, head to Masterton District Council’s website and search dog walking areas.

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