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News in brief, August 12, 2023

Second doctors

strike tomorrow

Senior doctors and dentists employed by Te Whatu ora are set to strike for the second time in two weeks tomorrow between 10 am and 12pm. Te Whatu Ora has said Wairarapa Hospital ED will remain open, with a spokesperson confirming it had worked with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists to ensure adequate clinical support will be available, and anyone needing emergency care during the industrial action will still be able to receive it. The doctors are going on strike to protest pay and staffing issues, including recruitment. Tomorrow’s industrial action is the second of three planned strikes.

Farming grant

Applications are now open for Peter Laing Memorial Trust grants for people who intend to follow a practical farming career. Laing was a Wairarapa farmer who showed a strong dedication to agriculture and his community throughout his career. These grants can help pay for practical agricultural training or for specialist equipment like a saddle or farm dogs. To apply, you must be a Wairarapa resident with a strong desire to expand your agricultural knowledge. Application forms are on Masterton District Council’s website.


Masterton Police responded to reports of a vehicle swerving into another lane and travelling above the speed limit on Chapel St at around 8:45am yesterday. A spokesperson for police said that police were unable to locate the vehicle and that enquiries are ongoing.

Conserve water

Tararua District Council [TDC] has asked Pahiatua residents to conserve their water immediately. A TDC spokesperson said this is due to the water treatment plant “having a reduced capacity to produce treated water. The treated water reservoir is at a critically low level and requires that residents reduce their water consumption immediately so that we can raise the water level.” Residents and businesses have also been asked to refrain from using water for non-essential purposes, such as blasting patios, car washing, watering flowers, and leaving taps running while brushing teeth. TDC is actively working on resolving this issue promptly and will provide a further update today.

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