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News in brief, August 15 2023

Turnaround bay

Yesterday’s Times-Age reported that the turnaround bay on SH2 at Clareville was operational from yesterday. Waka Kotahi NZTA has since advised that bad weather delayed the works, and the turnaround bay is now due to open this morning. The highway now has a wire median barrier, so the new bay is the first place south of the Wilton Rd roundabout where southbound drivers can change direction to head north. The bay allows drivers to turn into a safe area and wait for a clear space in oncoming traffic before heading north again on the highway.

Less waste

The three Wairarapa district councils have a goal to create a future where the region makes less waste and has better management of the waste we do make. If you would like to know more, head to Masterton District Library on Monday, August 21, from 11am-12pm. Councillors will be there to chat or answer any of your questions. Or visit the ‘Less Waste Greater Place’ website for more information: www.lesswastegreaterplace.co.nz

pack alert

If you haven’t received an enrolment update pack in the mail yet, it either means you aren’t enrolled or need to update your details in order to vote in October’s general election, the Electoral Commission advises. You can do either by logging on to vote.nz [you’ll need a driver’s licence, passport, or RealMe verified identity] or call 0800 36 76 56 to ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you. Everyone who is correctly enrolled by September 10 will be sent an EasyVote card that makes voting faster.

this week

This week’s set to deliver a decent amount of cloud and rain, according to MetService. This morning is looking mostly fine, with isolated morning showers about the ranges, and further clouds and rain developing in the afternoon. This will increase tomorrow, with further showers and north westerlies developing in the morning and easing in the evening. Thursday is forecast to bring fresh westerlies in the morning and scattered showers, before clearing on Friday when the wind is expected to ease.

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