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News in brief, August 7, 2023

Driver flees

A vehicle fled after it was signalled to stop by police on High St in Solway at 1:45 on Sunday morning. Police did not pursue the vehicle, and it was not located again. Police policy is not to pursue drivers unless the threat posed by the fleeing driver is greater than the risk of a crash caused by a chase.

Future for
Poto House

The trust which manages Wairarapa College’s 100-year-old boarding hostel, Poto House, is disbanding at the end of this year, but the boarding house might still stay open if there is sufficient interest from families. Poto House has been independently operated by a trust since 2019, but that trust announced in May that it would disband at the end of this year, putting the hostel’s future in doubt. Wairarapa College principal Matt White said on Friday that the school is now proposing to continue operating the hostel on a reduced model, allowing current students to remain there till 2024. White said the College Board met with families of boarders on Thursday night and asked for confirmation of their next-year intentions by this Friday.

Fish talk

A public talk about fish conservation is happening in Martinborough on Friday night. Experts from Greater Wellington Regional Council, National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research [NIWA], and Kāhu Environmental are sharing insights about barriers to fish passage, rock lobster settlement and sustainability, and īnanga spawning, followed by questions and fish and chips. The event, from 5.30-7:30pm on Friday night, is at the Waihinga Centre as part of Conservation Week. Register at [email protected]

Hill closure

SH2 Remutaka Hill Rd will be closed overnight on Sunday for maintenance. Contractors will carry out the planned maintenance from 9pm to 4am on Monday. The road will be closed to traffic. People wanting to cross the hill during the closure should book in advance by 4pm Friday for an escorted crossing. The bookings are not available for heavy vehicles, but full access will still be available for emergency services.

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