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News in brief, August 22 2023

Wilful damage

Police received reports of wilful damage at a residential address on Hillcrest St, Solway, at 8.15am yesterday. Police said that initial reports suggested a door was damaged. Police confirmed that both parties involved appeared to be known to each other and one person was taken into custody. Enquiries are ongoing.

Weird smell

Fire and emergency [Fenz] crews responded to a gas smell in Martinborough’s Pain and Kershaw 4Square Supermarket at 7.30am on Sunday. A Fenz spokesperson said the gas detector didn’t pick anything up but there was definitely a weird smell that could have been sewage or something decomposing in a drain.

Union meeting

Buses will be replacing train services on Thursday, from 9am-3pm, during a rail union meeting. “This is an important meeting for our staff, and we support their attendance,” a Metlink spokesperson said. The bus replacement services take longer than normal rail services, and all commuters should allow extra travel time.

Have your say

Councils across the Wellington region are asking for public feedback on the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2023-2029. The plan aims to reduce waste and create a cleaner and greener future for the region. See the draft plan at www.lesswastegreaterplace.co.nz/wellingtonregion

Library hours

South Wairarapa District’s new library hours are in place, pending a review of library services by the council. The interim schedule follows strong public feedback after library hours were restricted last month after budget cuts to 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.

Business awards

There’s one week left to register your business for the 2023 Wairarapa Awards, which celebrate business excellence, and offer an opportunity to highlight and celebrate local companies that are flying under the radar while taking the region to new heights. Complete your entry online at www.wairarapachamber.co.nz or obtain a form via [email protected].

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